IBM Adds Data Storage Capacity to BladeCenter S
IBM is looking to increase the appeal of its BladeCenter S by adding a shared-storage option and will integrate a SAN (storage area network) into the blade chassis. With this shared data storage option, IBM is looking to offer a competitive product to take on HP's c3000 blade enclosure offering. Both the IBM and HP blade enclosures are designed for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and remote offices.IBM is now offering a shared-storage option with its BladeCenter S that will allow small and midsize businesses to take advantage of up to 12TB of data storage within a blade enclosure. On a day when Hewlett-Packard acquired LeftHand Networks to boost its own storage and virtualization options, IBM announced Oct. 1 that its BladeCenter S will come equipped with its own SAN (storage area network) that will offer up to 12TB of storage for SMBs or large enterprises with branch offices. The SAN with the BladeCenter S will use SAS (serial-attached SCSI) drives, which are less expensive that external SAN configurations that use Fibre Channel.
While small businesses might not need the type of data storage capacity that a 12TB SAN offers, IBM is betting that some customers might want to consolidate some storage equipment into a single blade chassis.