OEMs Build Up Their Blade Servers
IBM leads a group of OEMs revving their blade serversIBM by adding networking modules and management software.OEMs led by IBM are trying to spark interest in blade servers by expanding the capabilities of their respective systems. IBM is seen as a market leader in blade systems, servers that can fit booklike into chassis and share resources such as power supplies and networking infrastructures. The Armonk, N.Y., companythrough partnerships with Nortel Networks Ltd. and Cisco Systems Inc.has integrated Ethernet networking switch modules into its BladeCenter systems over the last two months.
IBM next month will roll out Fibre Channel switching modules from Brocade Communications Systems Inc., of San Jose, Calif., that can plug into BladeCenter servers. The Entry SAN (storage area network) Switch Module will support a dual-switch fabric and is aimed at small and midsize businesses. The Enterprise SAN Switch Module is aimed at large SAN deployments.