Also at the show, IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., demonstrated its BladeCenter T systems, NEBS- and ETSI-compliant blade servers for the telecom industry. The systems will include Xeon chips and a carrier-grade Linux operating system, and also will be cross-platform-compatible with IBMs enterprise BladeCenter servers, such as using the same management tools, said Tony Evans, vice president of telecommunications at IBMs Systems Group. The systems, which will be available in the first half of 2004, will hold eight blades per chassis and 40 blades per rack.And Doug Erwin, chairman and CEO of blade pioneer RLX Technologies Inc., in The Woodlands, Texas, listed the telecom industry as one of several areas that company is considering moving into.
IBM is not the first to offer the telecom industry a blade solution. This winter, Sun Microsystems Inc., of Santa Clara, Calif., rolled out blade systems for telecoms, the Netra CP2300 and CompactPCI CT 410 and 810 servers.