IBM Delivers Breakthrough Storage Capability on Blade Computing Solution Designed for the Office

Oct 01, 2008

IBM announced today a storage breakthrough in blade computing that will allow small and medium-sized customers and branch offices to consolidate multiple storage devices onto a single blade computing system. Building on the leadership design of IBM's office-ready blade solution, customers can now share information across all blade servers in a single system to help improve utilization and reliability while reducing costs.

IBM is adding industry-first shared storage to the exceptional features of its BladeCenter S system, bringing enterprise-class storage capabilities to smaller firms and branch offices that lack the IT staff and budgets to manage expanding volumes of business information. With this innovative new approach, IBM is cutting the cost of shared storage technology by 30 to 40 percent and -- supported by new, complementary features -- making it easier to set up and own.

First launched in 2007, BladeCenter S is specially designed to simplify the management of technology needed to run a business -- from servers, to phone systems and business applications -- in a single system. BladeCenter S can help reduce the 25 to 45 servers used by an average mid-size company by up to 80 percent. With the addition of shared storage, a requirement for many business applications including IBM Lotus Notes, Microsoft Clustering Services, Oracle, SAP and VMware VMotion, BladeCenter S can now support nearly any business need.

BladeCenter S has demonstrated market success with over 4,000 retail stores planning to run operations on the system by the holiday season and 130 Business Partner centers featuring BladeCenter S, including more than 80 primarily dedicated to its promotion.

In addition to delivering breakthrough shared storage, or Storage Area Network (SAN) technology, IBM is also the only blade server vendor in the industry to offer rapidly growing businesses access to up nine terabytes of shared storage, equivalent to that needed to store the print collections of the U.S. Library of Congress and six times the storage capacity of competitive blade offerings for small and medium-sized customers and branch offices.

Like many small and medium businesses, companies with branch offices and stores such as retailers or healthcare networks seldom have data centers in which to store and manage the technology they need to run business operations. With limited IT resources on-site, these companies face unique technology requirements and require integrated solutions that simplify IT at the office.

Provided by IBM

Explore further: DESY and IBM develop big data architecture for science

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New Nokia phone no standout, but worth a look

Feb 03, 2012

The first of Nokia's new generation of smartphones isn't flashy and certainly isn't an iPhone killer. But it's a nice device, and at $40 with a two-year contract, a bargain.

IBM sets performance records with new eX5 servers

Apr 07, 2011

IBM today introduced new systems that are optimized for client workloads. The new x86-based servers extend the market-leading capabilities of its System x portfolio and raise the limits on enterprise workloads, memory and ...

More myths busted about electric cars

Apr 27, 2010

I recently went to Finland to drive the all-electric Think City plug-in car (thinkev.com), which is already on European roads and coming to the U.S. later this year. To help it have a soft landing, Think CEO ...

Fujitsu, JAEA Unveil Japan's Fastest Supercomputer

Mar 03, 2010

Fujitsu today announced that it has completed joint development of a new supercomputer system with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). The new supercomputer system went operational today.

Cisco announces its first servers, riling rivals

Mar 16, 2009

(AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. wants a bigger chunk of the corporate computing market, and plans to start selling servers in competition with old partners like Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp.

Recommended for you

Should you be worried about paid editors on Wikipedia?

56 minutes ago

Whether you trust it or ignore it, Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world and accessed by millions of people every day. So would you trust it any more (or even less) if you knew people ...

DESY and IBM develop big data architecture for science

1 hour ago

IBM today announced it is collaborating with Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), a leading national research center in Germany, to speed up management and storage of massive volumes of x-ray data. The ...

How much do we really know about privacy on Facebook?

2 hours ago

The recent furore about the Facebook Messenger app has unearthed an interesting question: how far are we willing to allow our privacy to be pushed for our social connections? In the case of the Facebook ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

superhuman
not rated yet Oct 01, 2008
Marketing crap is unreadable.