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IBM Bolsters Blade Strategy

ST. REGIS HOTEL, New York -- IBM today took the wraps off new devices powered by AMD's next-generation chip, which it hopes will drive blade technology further into the enterprise market. (See IBM Delivers Computing Systems.)

"A few years ago it was the early innovators that were embracing this technology," said Susan Whitney, the general manager of the IBM Systems and Technology Group, at a press event this morning, adding that the technology was typically found in the likes of university campuses and the U.S. Defense Department.

Now, however, IBM claims to have 40,000 blade servers deployed on Wall Street alone, and Whitney says that the technology is getting attention from the likes of the IPTV sector and from security specialists looking to run visual recognition applications like iris scanning and fingerprint recognition in biometrics.

The vendor unveiled two new blades, the LS41, a device that can be upgraded from two- to four-way serving, targeted at database applications and high performance computing (HPC) clusters; and the two-way LS21, which is being pushed toward the financial sector.

AMD has yet to reveal the specifics on the Opteron Rev F chip that the blades use; the chips are expected to be more widely commercially available later this year. The processor is expected to offer as much as a 20 percent speed boost on the current 2.6 GHz Opteron, as well as improved virtualization features.

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