RLX Readies New Blade Products
A new low-end product, which will have twice the density of RLX's current low-end products, will ship by year's end.Blade server pioneer RLX Technologies Inc. plans to expand its product line later this year and twice in 2003. With larger companies like Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM entering the space, RLX must differentiate while it can, Chief Technology Officer Bob VanSteenberg said in an interview. A new generation of The Woodlands, Texas, companys low-end product will be announced in early or mid-November and will ship in December, VanSteenberg said, declining to state the products new name. It will have the same density as the current low-end 800i and 667 products, which hold 366 blades per 42U rack, and it will have 75 percent of the performance of the recently launched high-end 1200i series, he said.
Meanwhile, next spring or summer, RLX will launch a high-end version that will feature connectivity to network-attached storage. A partner in the storage industry will be unveiled after the announcement in November, VanSteenberg said. Another high-end version will appear later next year, with Fibre Channel storage options, he said.