Interland Inc. is completing a yearlong consolidation project that the Atlanta-based Web hosting company expects will save $28 million in annual operating costs. John Lally, director of product management, said that once Interland gets down to its desired footprint, the company will start incorporating technologies such as blade servers. "Its our companys goal to never need to build another data center," said Lally, adding that Interland this year shut down 10 data centers, most of which were gained through acquisitions. "In order to accomplish that goal, we need to be implementing technology like blades into the infrastructure."The HS40, generally available Feb. 13, will play an important role in IBMs growing infrastructure simplification push, said William Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Systems Group. One IBM official said the company this month will take the strategy on the road, deploying 500 "systems architects" whose job it will be to analyze a customers infrastructure and recommend ways of simplifying the environment.
IBMs approach of integrating devices such as switches and firewalls onto the blades just makes it that much easier to consolidate, Lally added.