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Blade Center Right Choice

Blade Center Right Choice

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Open,easy and green to fit your diverse business needs
IBM BladeCenter: The right choice
 
Highlights
 Realize innovation with a flexible architecturethat lets you choose the right solution for  business advantage
 Manage complexity and growth with easy deployment using IBMBladeCenter 
®
Open Fabric Manager 
Go green and save with energy-efficient fea-tures and fewer extras to buy 
Start smart with IBMBladeCenter—the inte- grated system for small offices and distrib-uted environments
Overview
 Your priorities are clear: meet the challenges of today’sdynamic world, contain costs, deal with IT skill short-ages and take full advantage of new technologies. Inshort, manage your IT organization and infrastructurefor business success. You need to make the rightchoice for today and for tomorrow. With its industry-leading flexibility, BladeCenter is the right choice foryour business.By integrating servers, storage and networking,BladeCenter is helping companies in every industrysweep complexity aside. The blades contain all thenecessities to run an application—processors, memory,I/O and storage. The chassis contains shared redun-dant power, shared hot-swap cooling, DVD, integratedEthernet, storage, switching and consolidated powerfulmanagement.Its innovative, open design offers a true alternative totoday’s sprawling racks and overheated server rooms.So toss out your cables. You have nothing to lose butcomplexity.
Realize innovation
 Your business needs continually change. IBMunder-stands that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-allsolution. To meet your broad and diverse needs, youwant your IT infrastructure to be flexible and modularand you need a solution that best works for your busi-ness. BladeCenter offers a comprehensive portfolio of chassis, blade servers, switches and fabrics—all man-aged from a common infrastructure.Like IBMSystemx™ servers, many BladeCenterservers are built on IBMX-Architecture® for enterprise-class reliability. X-Architecture is the IBMblueprint forbringing innovation to x86systems—innovation thathelps set you apart from the competition. The result isopen, industry-standard servers on which you feel con-fident running your business-critical workloads. So youcan innovate for your business advantage.
Manage complexity,growth and risk 
 You want a flexible business foundation that is bothopen and innovative. BladeCenter delivers. Choosefrom many offerings defined by Blade.org and createdby other members of the most extensive organizationfor blade solutions.
 
Match your data center needs with the appropriateinterconnect, selecting from multiple I/O fabrics.IBMBladeCenter Open Fabric is an integrated serverI/O portfolio that provides a comprehensive set of inter-connects and smart management tools. Its new pass-through capability not only improves and simplifies SANinteroperability and scalability, but it also helps youreduce cabling and its subsequent costs. Plus, it issupported by multiple vendors, so you can match thesolution to your standards. The new IBMBladeCenter Open Fabric Managermakes it even easier to deploy your blades with pre-configured connections and a simple graphic userinterface. BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager auto-mates blade deployment by intelligently managing theinteraction between the blades and the storage anddata networks. You define the connections just onceand BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager takes careof them after that—so you can be ready in minutes,not days. BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager alsohelps reduce costly downtime with integrated failovercapability. And of course, there’s no need to redo your networkstandards. BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager worksacross the BladeCenter family of chassis and switches.Its simple graphic user interface checks networkconflicts— helping you save even more time. Configureonce. That’s it.BladeCenter is also designed with extensive redun-dancy to help reduce failures. Unlike some competitiveproducts, BladeCenter servers provide dual I/O anddual power connections to the chassis for enterprise-class reliability to keep your business up and running. Virtualizing on BladeCenter allows you to create ahighly flexible infrastructure that can quickly and easilyadapt to business changes. BladeCenter, a compre-hensive virtualization solution, is the only blade serversolution in the industry that allows you to consolidateand simplify your Linux®, UNIX®, IBMi operating sys-tem and Windows® workloads on a single platform.When business transformation is your goal,BladeCenter and virtualization is the answer. Together,virtualization and BladeCenter help reduce costs,increase business agility and boost IT resiliency.New BladeCenter HS21XM models embedded with VMware ESXi 3.5 (formerly VMware ESX Server 3i)raise the bar on virtualization. This intelligent,integrated solution makes the transition to virtualizationeasier to manage, going from booting the server todeploying virtual machines in a matter of minutes.IBMBladeCenter JS22 includes built-in PowerVM™and integrated virtualization manager to make it easy toconsolidate workloads using a browser-based inter-face. BladeCenter makes virtualization easy and man-ageable with these two new offerings.
Go green and save
 You want to control your power and cooling environ-ment and help minimize environmental impacts.BladeCenter offers energy-efficient designs and power-ful IBMCool Blue™ tools to help monitor, control andallocate power consumption. IBMPower Configurationlets you select systems and IT infrastructure that fityour business goals before you commit to buying thefirst server. IBMSystems Director Active EnergyManager™ helps optimize energy efficiency so you canbe more responsive to energy needs and costs.

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