IBM plans to capitalise on the growing blade server market by releasing its first industry-specific eServer BladeCenter platform for the telecoms market.
The eServer BladeCenter platform integrates servers and networking components normally bought separately into a single storage chassis, reducing the points of failure.
IBM said high-density blade servers are simplifying the design of datacentres as the market moves towards to more standardised, component-based design.
"Cost of infrastructure is a problem in the telecoms world. The service providers want to offer more stuff on top [of traditional voice and data services]," said Tikiri Wanduragala, IBM senior server consultant.
He cited the IBM eServer BladeCenter T (for telecoms) as an example of how the basic building-block design could be used to supply telecoms companies with security-compliant equipment.
"The BladeCenter T is the same, but has a telecoms-compliant chassis and power supply running carrier-grade Linux. The only other real difference is that it [has] lots of security filtering the front end."
Since IBM released the design specifications of its eServer BladeCenter platform in August to encourage hardware and software vendors to develop interoperable components and applications, it has been on a charm offensive to drive the industry towards using its own design as standard.
"The market is going towards a building-block design. All the modules would be shared at the back with a unique purpose at the front," added Wanduragala.
"And we are looking at the different ways to use desktops on blades, but we are concentrating primarily on servers with blade at the moment."
Two-way blades will see increased interest from cash-conscious small businesses in the coming months, predicted Wanduragala. "This market is not just about file and print," he said.
"Software houses are currently designing for that market and I think it will really be the blade's sweet spot."
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