IBM Touts 'Low-Carb' Blades

New BladeCenter and System X servers boast lower power use and lower-carb(on) emissions without a performance hit.

April 17, 2007

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IBM is joining the green movement with its introduction of lower power-use servers that the vendor said would not only conserve energy but also deliver the same performance as servers that require higher wattage to run. The new BladeCenter and System X servers also promise to help lower CO2 emission levels with decreased power consumption.

Running on low-voltage AMD and Intel processors, IBM said could help companies conserve as much as 60 watts of energy for each two-socket blade servers. IBM said that in a company with 1000 blade servers, the new servers could reduce the release of CO2 by 20,000 pounds per year.The new servers also apply energy-saving capabilities, including special cooling technology to more efficiently manage air intake, fan placement and zone cooling to improve air flow within the blade and rack servers, as well as a tool businesses can use to measure and control system power consumption.

IBM said the servers also run on power supplies designed to provide as much as 85 percent better power efficiency for rack servers and 90 percent power improvement for the blade servers. And because the servers run on processors which lower fan speed, IBM said the systems are quieter than conventional servers.


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