Rackable to Offer IBM Blade Servers in Containerized Data Center

The custom ICE Cube will be available with either IBM's BladeCenter T or HT systems

July 29, 2008

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By Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek, July 29, 2008 11:15 AM

Rackable Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: RACK) on Monday said it would offer IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) BladeCenter servers inside Rackable's data-center-in-a-box product.

Under the agreement, BladeCenter would be the only blade server platform available for custom ICE Cube implementations. ICE Cube is a complete data center delivered in a 20- to 40-foot container. BladeCenter-specific configurations would reach densities up to 1,344 dual socket blades with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)'s quad-core Xeon processors or 672 quad socket dual-core Opteron chips from Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD).

The IBM BladeCenter integrates servers, networks, storage, and business applications into a single system. ICE Cube will be available with either IBM's BladeCenter T or HT systems, which are certified for use by the telecommunications industry. The blades are designed to withstand extreme environments, which is where modular data centers are often deployed. Such environments include military or construction sites or oil fields.

"Including IBM BladeCenter in ICE Cube enables Rackable to expand its market reach to new customers," Mark J. Barrenechea, president and chief executive of Rackable, said in a statement.ICE Cube with BladeCenter is currently available worldwide. Pricing was not disclosed.

Rackable is not the only vendor supplying data centers in a box. Others include Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA), which offers the MD S20 (formerly knows as Project Blackbox), and Verari Systems Inc. 's Forest.

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is building a $500 million data center

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