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Vol. 3 No. 10 December 2004

Storage bolsters blade servers

Blade servers are gaining in popularity, and vendors are announcing blades with ever-more sophisticated storage accoutrements--often before they're available on more generic servers. IBM's BladeCenter HS20, for example, takes advantage of Seagate's new small form factor (SFF) 2.5" disk drives--up to two of them--for improved performance over IDE drives. The latest BladeCenter HS20 also has more I/O slots--up to eight Ethernet and four Fibre Channel (FC) port connections to each blade. Hewlett-Packard's BladeSystem, meanwhile, will feature an integrated 4Gb/sec switch from FC networking vendor Brocade. The companies announced last month that a bladed version of Brocade's SilkWorm 4100 will be available for BladeSystem in the second quarter of 2005. According to Brocade, connecting to storage via an embedded FC switch can save upwards of 50% on connectivity costs because fewer ports and less cabling are used. But FC isn't the only storage networking option for blade servers. Through a relationship with InfiniBand switch vendor ...

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