American Power Conversion (APC), a global provider of end-to-end infrastructure availability systems, has launched a programme to help enterprises plan and implement high density applications such as blade servers.
The Blade Ready programme is a multi-supplier approach designed to unite APC with suppliers of complementary network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI) technologies to deliver comprehensive interoperable products and services for blade NCPI environments. APC says that Blade Ready members can help enterprises assess, design, procure, stage, implement and interconnect blade servers and related equipment.
Members in this programme will include a group of strategic hardware and software suppliers that APC believes will help enable operational excellence and unsurpassed compatibility with blade network environments.
"CIOs are quickly recognising this form-factor saves space and improves serviceability," says Aaron Davis, APC's vice-president of worldwide marketing and communications. "However with these high density environments come power consumption and heat output unlike anything datacentre managers have dealt with in the past.
“This is literally hot new technology. We are pleased the Blade Ready programme is available as the single stop expert resource to help IT professionals tackle the challenges inherent with deploying blades."
Analyst firm IDC forecasts that worldwide blade server shipments will account for a quarter of worldwide server shipments by 2009 and notes that blade server shipments are growing at a compound annual rate of 54% from 2005 to 2009.