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IBM Puts Topspin on Blades

InfiniBand, still trying to find its place in the world, is starting to show up on blade servers as an alternative to Fibre Channel or Ethernet.

IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and NEC Solutions (America) Inc. today announced blade servers that include InfiniBand equipment from Topspin Communications Inc. (see IBM Puts Topspin on BladeCenter and NEC Ships Blade With InfiniBand).

As part of a deal it announced with Topspin last January, Big Blues BladeCenter options include an 18-port Topspin InfiniBand switch module built into the blade-server chassis and an InfiniBand HCA expansion card (see IBM Strikes InfiniBand Deal).

NEC says it's shipping a Topspin InfiniBand PCI-X host adapter in its new Itanium 2 blade server with 64-bit processing power. Besides giving InfiniBand a more prominent role in its blade, blade-server market leader IBM will provide Topspin with a chance to extend its reach.

IBM offers Topspin gear as an alternative to Fibre Channel switches from Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD), QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC), or Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Ethernet switches. The Topspin switch module starts at $7,500 and the HCA expansion card starts at $1,650. They will be available next month.

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