Other OEMs are also preparing new systems. Dell Inc., of Round Rock, Texas, is working on a new generation of blades, according to officials. In addition, Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif., is scheduled later this year to roll out blade servers based on Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s 64-bit Opteron processor. For its part, Intel is evaluating a blade powered by its 64-bit Itanium chip, said officials in Santa Clara, Calif.Blade pioneer RLX Technologies Inc. by July will introduce enhancements to its Control Tower XT management software suite to further automate tasks, including resource provisioning, rules definitions and policy procedures, according to officials in The Woodlands, Texas. In addition, an initiative to standardize how networked serversincluding blade serversare managed will bear fruit in the second half of the year, said Gary Thome, director of HPs blade server strategy. The initiative, begun by Dell, IBM, Intel, HP, Sun Microsystems Inc. and AMD, among others, is being carried out by a working group within the Distributed Management Task Force, of Portland, Ore. Thome said the working group will roll out two versions of the initial specification, one involving a GUI and the other, a command-line interface. Check out eWEEK.coms Server & Networking Center at http://servers.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
At the same time, a separate effort is under way in the industry to develop software for blade servers to make them easier to manage and enable them to interoperate.