Originally introduced in 2002, the IBM BladeCenter was a relative late comer to the blade market. It is one of the leading blade architecture solutions in the IT market, with a focus on backward-compatibility and collaboration with major IT players including blade.org. The BladeCenter is OEMd by Intel as the company's Enterprise Blade Server line.
The IBM BladeCenter is currently based on three different types of blade chassis; the original BladeCenter, BladeCenter T for telco environments (NEBS Level 3 compliant) and BladeCenter H for high performance environments. There are currently three major lines of blade servers; HS for Intel CPU x86 based blades (HS21 for dual socket, HS40 for quad socket). LS21/41 for AMD Opteron dual/quad socket based blades and JS for IBM's PowerPC 970 RISC based blades.
The JS20 was the first blade server to run one of the three major UNIX operating systems, IBM's own AIX. The follow on product JS21 which employs single or dual core PowerPC 970 processors was the first blade server to offer built in virtualization, offering Dynamic Logical Partitioning (DLPAR) capabilities.
Recently released is the IBM QS20 blade, utilizing the Cell microprocessor.The IBM BladeCenter was one of the first Blade architectures not just to integrate computing (server) blades, but also I/O modules (InfiniBand, iSCSI, Ethernet and Fibre Channel) from leading switching vendors such as Cisco, Brocade, QLogic, McData and Nortel.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[Read More]
Storage and device management
IBM BladeCenter® offers a broad range of storage and networking options integrated into the chassis to simplify infrastructure complexity and manageability while lowering total cost of ownership.IBM BladeCenter® HT, a new telecommunications optimized version of IBM BladeCenter H, delivers outstanding core telecom network performance and high-speed connectivity (more than 1.2 Tbps of aggregate throughput on the backplane) to the BladeCenter family. It is uniquely designed to support end-to-end, next- generation-network (NGN) applications, spanning the Control, Transport and Services planes, for Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturers and Service Providers.IBM BladeCenter® delivers high performance and manageability thanks to an effectively managed infrastructure that helps maximize resource productivity and minimize IT and network administration costs. BladeCenter gives control back to the IT or network manager.IBM BladeCenter® H delivers increased performance and many new capabilities to the BladeCenter family while maintaining compatibility with the BladeCenter family of products. Simply smarter management can empower IT professionals to take control of the entire solution. BladeCenter H — new function, new performance and fully compatible.BladeCenter® T is NEBS-3-/ETSI-compliant and is optimally designed with rich functionality to satisfy the most stringent telecommunications industry standards and testing. Ideal applications include: Telecommunications service and control plane applications including VoIP, IPTV and IMS.[Read More]