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Intel targets blade server market

Intel has unveiled its first range of blade server products, which it will sell to tier-two server manufacturers.

The family consists of a chassis, dual processor blades, Gigabit Ethernet switches, Fibre Channel switches, and server management and provisioning software from Veritas.

Patrick Buddenbaum, blades product line manager for the enterprise platform group at Intel, predicted the blade server market will grow beyond front-end web servers and into the midrange and back-end, serving more robust applications such as databases and ERP.

The components that make up the family were co-designed with IBM and Intel will sell all the elements as an unbranded white box to its OEMs - something Intel has done for a while with its regular servers.

Veritas's OpForce software, introduced in June, makes it possible for administrators to provision servers on the fly, manage servers that are active or in reserve, and allocate new servers as application demands change.

Scott Tyler Shafer writes for InfoWorld


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