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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-03-03 Print this article Print

For some IT departments, adopting products that ease blade management has been helpful, but they would welcome more capabilities.

For Matt Sick, server operations manager at IT outsourcer CenterBeam Inc., its easier to manage his blade servers than his traditional systems. The greatest need now is improving the user interface to give administrators an easier and more detailed read on how the blades are operating, said Sick, in Santa Clara, Calif.

"Blades are a relatively new technology," Sick said. "Everyone is jumping on board to get their management stuff in place. The first one to give customers like CenterBeam an easy read into the performance of the blades will probably get some business."

The need for blade management tools is only increasing as more vendors roll out more blade offerings.

Fujitsu PC Corp. in May will announce that it is bringing its 1U (1.75-inch) blade server to the United States. The San Jose companys Intel Corp.-based blade will be sold under the Fujitsu Siemens name.

At the blade summit, IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., will announce that it is upgrading its servers with 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz Intel Xeon processors starting next month, and it will introduce a five-year lease for the BladeCenter chassis. Officials said the lease extension, from the current three years, illustrates IBMs commitment to the blade strategy.

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