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Summit To Highlight New Server Blade Applications

This week's Server Blade Summit conference in Garden Grove, Calif., will see vendors rolling out a variety of technologies aimed at growing the market for server blades.

IBM is working with a couple of other vendors and Avnet Partner Solutions to bring out two "Security in a Box" solutions based on its server blade architecture, said Juhi Jotwani, director of IBM's xSeries and BladeCenter solutions and alliances.

The first solution adds realtime management of security threats to server blades that have been configured for security purposes such as firewalls, VPNs and Check Point appliances, said Jotwani. Though such server blade-based appliances have been available since late 2004, this week they are getting realtime management based on software from OpenService, Marlborough, Mass. The software allows the collection of different aspects of threat situations, Jotwani said.

"OpenService collects the data, analyzes it, and suggests possible actions," she said.

The solution is available now to channel partners via Avnet and directly from OpenService.

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