IBM Revs Blade Strategy Pace
Vendor will roll out four-way HS40 server and two-way BladeCenter JS20.SOMERS, N.Y.One year after shipping its first blade server, IBM is looking to vastly expand its BladeCenter offerings this year and to stretch the technology further into the companys overall eServer strategy. IBM this week will roll out its first four-way blade server, the HS40, that is powered by Intel Corp. Xeon chips. Later this quarter, IBM will announce the general availability of its two-processor BladeCenter JS20, the first blade server running IBMs 64-bit 1.6GHz PowerPC 970 chips. The moves are a continuation of the companys blade run, which began a year ago and left it with top market rankings by the end of the third quarter. The company, which outpaced Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. in both blade shipments and revenue, is now considering storage, management software and switching options for BladeCenter systems.
It will also continue to use the technology as a key tool in the companys infrastructure simplification initiative introduced in October. The initiative links IBMs blades with its zSeries mainframes to reduce data center complexity.