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CNET Asia: IBM Crafts Blades for Telcos

Jun 04, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"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..."

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