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IBM and Intel open BladeCenter design specifications

  • 03 September, 2004 09:31

<p>Sydney, 3 September 2004 – IBM, in collaboration with Intel, has made available the design specifications for the IBM eServer BladeCenter platform. The specifications allow hardware vendors to more easily create BladeCenter compatible products and participate in the rapidly growing blade-server segment.</p>
<p>The design specifications are intended to help hardware vendors develop and build BladeCenter compatible networking switches, adapter cards, and appliance and communications blades for enterprise networks. BladeCenter integrates storage, servers and networking in a single chassis to provide customers with a single point of server management and provisioning.</p>
<p>IBM and Intel will provide technical support to assist product development, including design guidelines and hands-on, fee-based support from IBM’s Engineering &amp; Technology Services organization. The specifications are available with royalty-free licenses to IBM or Intel technology. By making the specifications more broadly available, IBM and Intel are helping to build an ecosystem of products that deliver value, flexibility and choice for customers deploying the IBM eServer BladeCenter and Intel’s OEM blade server platform.</p>
<p>Enterprise networking vendors can now develop products compliant with the BladeCenter architecture. This will help ensure that future BladeCenter-based deployments will seamlessly integrate into enterprise customer’s IT infrastructure. In addition, telecommunications vendors can now obtain the specifications for IBM’s eServer BladeCenterT designed for dense, compute-intensive server platforms, enabling a common infrastructure between a carrier’s enterprise and IT infrastructure. This will complement the industry-standards-based AdvancedTCA (ATCA) specification for platforms used throughout the service-provider public-network infrastructure.</p>
<p>To learn more about the specifications, licensing and service offerings, visit IBM at www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/bladecenter/open_specs.html or the Intel at www.developer.intel.com/design/servers/blades.</p>
<p>About IBM
IBM is the largest IT company in the world and creates and develops the most advanced IT solutions in the industry, including hardware, software and services. For more information, please visit www.ibm.com.</p>
<p>About Intel
Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.</p>
<p>Intel is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.</p>
<p>IBM, eServer, xSeries, BladeCenter and the IBM e-business logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. For a list of additional IBM trademarks, please see www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml</p>

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