IBM and AMD are among hardware and chip vendors highlighting new wares at the Server Blade Summit being held this week in Santa Clara, Calif.
In conjunction with its storage partners McData and QLogic, IBM, Somers, N.Y., will introduce a McData SAN switch that fits into its BladeCenter chassis, said Tim Dougherty, director of IBM's eServer Blade Center. The new switch will be available in May, he said.
IBM also is adding a Cisco fiber switch to the BladeCenter portfolio, another new product that will be rolled out at the show. Pricing for the Cisco Systems Fiber Intelligent Switch Module for IBM eServer BladeCenter will start at $4,999 and will be available in April. IBM already offers a Cisco copper switch for BladeCenter, Dougherty said.
In addition, IBM is bundling a free, six-month evaluation of VMware with every BladeCenter shipment, Dougherty said. The software is about a $15,000 value for customers that would normally purchase VMware separately.
IBM also is providing integration between VMware and IBM Director, BladeCenter's management software, so system managers can use VMware to manage virtual machines from the same console they manage physical machines with Director, Dougherty said.