IBM ups the ante in blade server offerings

IBM, who claims to have been the leader for 11 consecutive quarters of the rapidly growing blade market according to IDC statistics, has launched what is says is the industry’s first 10-Gigabit (10G) Ethernet blade switch, from Blade Network Technologies, and new open management capabilities for its BladeCenter product.

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IBM, who claims to have been the leader for 11 consecutive quarters of the rapidly growing blade market according to IDC statistics, has launched what is says is the industry’s first 10-Gigabit (10G) Ethernet blade switch, from Blade Network Technologies, and new open management capabilities for its BladeCenter product.
 
IBM says the new Nortel 10G Uplink Ethernet Switch Module for BladeCenter provides breakthrough performance for applications with high bandwidth demands, such as mission-critical and real-time applications. The new switch is designed to work in BladeCenter, BladeCenter H and BladeCenter T systems.
 
New features for the switch include three 10-G uplink ports with an aggregate throughput of 90 Gigabits per second (Gbps) full duplex, providing what IBM says is breakthrough performance. It also offers security features with Layer 2 and Layer 3 filters, as well as improved quality of service through traffic queue prioritisation.
 
In conjunction with Intel, IBM says that it is opening the management capabilities of BladeCenter with the introduction of the Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (Smash) for BladeCenter. Smash is a cross-platform management protocol that allows customers to create a management standard across their data centre.

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