IBM has fashioned new blade servers to accompany its BladeCenter T chassis,
a move to lure telecommunications vendors looking for more flexible and
sturdy computing devices.
Telecommunications businesses require more hardy computing gear because
hardware often has to operate undeterred in remote locations subject to
unpredictable weather patterns.
Servers for telcos generally have to be certified under the NEBS compliance
rule, a standard developed by the telco industry that qualifies equipment
under extreme environmental conditions and requires specific levels of
That is why IBM is going to offer BladeCenter JS20 blades — based on IBM
Power PC 970 processors — in the BladeCenter T chassis, according to Juhi Jotwani, director of BladeCenter alliances for IBM.
The JS20 blade is
designed according to the specifications dictated by both NEBS and the
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
A slimmer version of the server
that runs AIX and Linux effectively, the JS20 blade will support 64- and
32-bit software packages for networks, high-performance clustering and
databases. Just as important, the blades will consume only half the power of
larger, cabinet-size servers.
“We’ve had requests from our telco customers and partners who are looking to
use AIX-based telco applications like resource management and higher
availability,” Jotwani said.
BladeCenter T chassis with blades
The JS20 blade will be available in July, starting at $2,259 for a blade with
two PowerPC 970 processors and 512 megabytes of memory. The product should
be another feather in IBM’s blade server cap, which has a chokehold on 39
percent of the market, according to IDC.
IBM also gave its Integrated Platform for Telecommunications (IPT) software
stack a boost.
IBM is now offering the software, which integrates Linux on BladeCenter T to fuel applications like Voice over IP
Siemens and Clovis. Motorola is also developing a VoIP
for IBM’s BladeCenter.
IBM made the announcements at the Supercomm show in Chicago, where several
companies are on hand to tout their wares for telcos, a huge money-making
market for high-tech businesses.
In related news, XML security, integration and accelerator outfit DataPower unveiled a new networking blade geared toward speed up XML content in IBM’s BladeCenter T for telcos.
The new product should help service providers rout and secure XML
Web services messages, according to DataPower founder and CTO Eugene
DataPower’s XML-driving chips support IBM’s various middleware products,
including WebSphere, Tivoli, and resources from Big Blue’s Autonomic
computing endeavors. Kuznetsov said DataPower’s hardware can support and
help deploy service-oriented architecture
BladeCenter T chassis.
“Telcos are really waking up to the fact that having a Web services and
SOAP-based message network is an area where they could offer a really high
margin,” Kuznetsov said.
The XML networking blades for BladeCenter T are the newest members of
DataPower’s product family, which includes the XA35 XML accelerator, the
XS40 XML security gateway, the XI50 XML integration appliance and the XG4
XML chipset for OEMs.