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IBM Strikes InfiniBand Deal

In a move that InfiniBand backers hope will nudge the technology toward the enterprise, IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) today announced a five-year agreement to resell Topspin Communications Inc. InfiniBand switches across its eServer and TotalStorage platforms.

The deal allows IBM to resell Topspins current line of switches as well as its future generation of 10-Gbit/s and 30-Gbit/s switches.

“This is not just a dip-your-toe-in-the-water agreement,” says Stu Aaron, Topspin's VP of marketing and business development. “It’s swinging the pendulum for InfiniBand back in a positive direction.”

Or maybe it’s a case of preaching to the converted. IBM has been a staunch InfiniBand backer from the start and remained committed to the technology after a lack of support from Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) nearly killed it.

“We’re very much invested in this technology,” says Brendan Coffee, IBM’s eServer program director.

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