Network and electrical systems supplier Panduit Corporation has joined the Blade Ready programme to assist organisations with the planning and deployment of high density blade computing systems.
Blade Ready is designed to unite datacentre technology provider APC with suppliers of complementary datacentre infrastructure technologies to deliver interoperable products, solutions, and services for blade server environments.
The programme aims to help enterprises assess, design, procure, stage, implement and interconnect blade servers and related equipment. Members in this program include a group of strategic hardware and software suppliers that say they will help enable operational excellence and unsurpassed compatibility with blade network environments.
"With blade server technology driving up densities to 30kW per rack when fully populated, companies need easy access to information on how to successfully deploy blades," explained Aaron Davis, APC's chief marketing officer.
"The Blade Ready programme offers an assessment of a company's readiness to implement blades and, if appropriate, assists in facilitating the transition to blades resulting in operational excellence in that firm's blade environment. Panduit easily meets the stringent requirements of the Blade Ready programme and we are delighted to add this high-calibre company."
Ron Partridge, Panduit's vice-president of global sales and marketing, added, “Panduit applied its expertise and proficient design capabilities to develop a unique cabling management solution specifically for blade servers. This ensures smooth and speedy deployment of blade servers through efficient cable management."
Even though the advantages of blade technology are well known, the challenges involved in successful deployment of this new technology are not so well understood. APC has spotted what it sees as a gap in the market.
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