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Intel Sharpens Blade Plan

Seeing an apparent market shift in the server space, Intel plans to ratchet up efforts to standardize technology for blade servers and widen its shipments of blade building blocks from a narrow group of system builders to its entire channel.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker signed new distribution deals with distributors Arrow Electronics, Avnet and Bell Microproducts to provide its blade technology, developed under the code name Hampton, to the 40,000 North American system builders.

For the past several months, Intel has been working with 40 system builders in a pilot program for the technology.

"We will make available the chassis and all the chassis infrastructure: components, power supplies, blowers, etc.," said Patrick Buddenbaum, blade server product line manager at Intel. Before the end of the year, he said, the company also intends to offer Infiniband networking technology for its blade server lineup to North American system builders.

"We have definitely stepped up our engagement with the channel," he said.

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