Users set to benefit from commodity blade servers

Intel and IBM are opening up parts of the design specifications for blade server technology that they have been developing since...

Intel and IBM are opening up parts of the design specifications for blade server technology that they have been developing since September 2002.

They hope that this will encourage hardware suppliers to build components for the blade server platform.

The two companies have until now competed in the server market with IBM basing its server strategy on its Power chip architecture, while Intel manufactures the 64-bit Itanium processor.

The move should benefit IBM users as it demonstrates public commitment by the computer manufacturer for Intel chip technology, said Rakesh Kumar, senior vice-president at analyst Meta Group.

HP, IBM's main rival in the blade server market, has yet to make a similar commitment.

"HP needs to clear up its roadmap on chip architectures," Kumar said.

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