"IBM is combining two popular concepts in computing--Linux
clusters and blade servers--into a standard system for businesses
and research institutions.
"The Armonk, N.Y.-based computing giant plans to announce on
Wednesday the IBM eServer Cluster 1350--its first prepackaged
Linux-based blade cluster. The Cluster 1350 will consist of
combinations of the IBM BladeCenter systems, eServer x335 and
eServer x345 systems. IBM said that by testing and integrating the
clusters at IBM's factories, such systems will be easier to install
and manage. Technical computing customers, such as aerospace firms,
are target buyers.
"'Customers in all segments including the very high-end are no
longer interested in building their own systems,' IBM Vice
President David Turek said in a statement. IBM said the systems
will be available June 6..."
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