Data Centers

IBM's BladeCenter - S: Blade servers tailored for SMBs

Blade servers have always been available for large enterprises that can maintain data centers and provide the required power supply and maintenance staff. Now, IBM's new BladeCenter - S seeks to provide SMBs (small and medium businesses) with the simplicity and functionality of blade servers to handle multiple applications (anti-virus, phone system, servers), coupled with minimum configuration hassles and a 110-volt pluggable power requirement.

Here's an excerpt from IBM Press release @

"Growing businesses with constrained resources have been grappling with ways to leverage technology advances to improve their competitive advantage without increasing costs," said Alex Yost, vice president and business line executive, IBM BladeCenter. "IBM's introduction of a purpose built BladeCenter for small offices and distributed locations will now help smaller firms get the simplification and integration that the biggest companies have been getting from blades, in a package that is optimized for their business. IBM BladeCenter is the right choice for customers looking for open, green and easy IT integration."

The salient features of the new BladeCenter - S server are:

  • Chassis can incorporate up to 6 blades
  • Regular Gigabit Ethernet links
  • A dozen disk arrays for storage
  • Choice of processors - Intel, AMD, or IBM's own Power processors
  • Choice to have hard drives on the server blades, in a separate enclosure to go with the blade, or attached separately via the DS3200 SAS array, which holds up to 42 SAS hard drives for a total raw capacity of up to 14.4 Tbytes
  • Wizard-based installation to minimize IT administration
  • Peripherals for BladeCenter -S are compatible with IBM's BladeCenter product family

More links:

IBM's new BladeCenter targets SMB datacenters (

IBM rejiggers BladeCenter for SMBs (ITJungle)

Pricing and power consumption details regarding the new BladeCenter are yet to be disclosed. If you own or run an SMB, do you find IBM's offering enticing? What additiaonl features do you think are important? Share your experience.


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Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

I have found them to get so hot that you can use them as a frying pan to prepare eggs and bacon. I personally am not a big advocate of blade servers because I have seen them fry themselves from the heat they produce.


Blade servers do produce lot of heat, but vendors do bundle cooling solutions along with them. This is a link to IBMs site about Blade Center cooling.

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

than having everything literally "shoved" into a small enclosure where it is prone to overheating and premature failure. Also, I don't have micro sized hands and would rather have my switch hardware decoupled from the server enclosure in the event something breaks. Having technology too integrated creates a troubleshooting and replacement nightmare when one can't easily access it with conventional tools.


The cost of a BladeCenter S will be comparable to the cost of a rack-mounted system. Customers will save on all the adjuvant and ancillary cables and switches that are de rigueur with rack-mounted systems. Customers are also likely to save somewhat on administration and undoubtedly on power consumption and space ". Please follow link below for more details

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