IBM, RLX Power Up Blades With Faster CPUs
At the SC2003 supercomputing show, IBM introduced the BladeCenter JS20 and RLX unveiled the ServerBlade 3200ix.Blade server vendors, led by IBM and RLX Technologies Inc., are increasing the power, performance and flexibility of their systems to help customers consolidation and utility computing goals for their data centers. IBM, at the SC2003 supercomputing show in Phoenix last week, introduced the BladeCenter JS20 server, which features up to two 64-bit PowerPC 970 chips running at 1.6GHz. The server will run SuSE Linux AGs Linux Enterprise Server 8 and Turbolinux Inc.s Enterprise Server 8 when it ships in March and will add support for IBMs AIX operating system next summer, officials said. Also at the show, RLX introduced the ServerBlade 3200ix as part of a larger rollout of hardware, interconnect technology and prepackaged offerings aimed at the high-performance computing space. The dual-processor system is equipped with Intel Corp.s fastest 32-bit chip, the 3.2GHz Xeon with 1MB of Level 3 cache, said officials at RLX, of The Woodlands, Texas.
Separately last week, Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif., said it is using the same Intel chip in its new ProLiant BL20p blade server. Another entrant, San Diego-based RackSaver Inc., rolled out the two-way RackSaver Intel Itanium 2 blade, powered by Intels 1.5GHz 64-bit chip.