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IBM Flashes Its Blade

IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) will use next weeks Supercomm conference in Chicago to launch a package of pre-bundled blade server software targeted at the telecom market.

Earlier this year IBM launched its Blade Center T, a blade server aimed specifically at telecom firms (see IBM's BladeServer Blitz). Now, the hardware firm is looking to exploit the popularity of blade servers and Linux -- another hot technology in the data center

The company’s eServer Integrated Platform for Telecommunications (IPT), which will be unveiled next week, gives service providers the opportunity to purchase pre-tested Linux integrated onto the BladeCenter T. Previously, telecom firms had to purchase the server and the software separately, and then undertake all the necessary integration work prior to running applications.

However, the company is staying tight-lipped on exactly which open source "flavors" from specialist software vendors will be supported, although Jim Pertzborn, vice president of eServer strategy at IBM, promises that it will be “carrier-grade” Linux.

Pertzborn believes that IPT will help telecoms firms deploy their own products more quickly. He says, “We give them a faster path in terms of time to market for them to deploy applications.”

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