"IBM is coming out with a blade server system geared toward
telecommunications carriers, another step in the effort by computer
companies to take over the market for telecommunications gear.
"The BladeCenter T, which won't be released until the first half
of 2004, is a derivative of the company's existing BladeCenter
systems that's been re-engineered and filled with software for the
particular demands of telecommunications customers.
"The rack in the BladeCenter T setup is only 20 inches deep, for
example, rather than the usual 28 inches, to accommodate the server
rooms typically found at communications carriers. The system also
complies with the Network Equipment Building Specification (NEBS),
a series of rigorous tests meant to ensure that gear will continue
to work despite fires or earthquakes. Some of the testing
procedures involve applying a blowtorch to the server..."