Blade servers have captured the industry focus because of their efficient, powerful technology and their modular design, which reduces cost with a more efficient use of valuable floor space. They offer simplified management, which can help to speed up tasks such as installing, provisioning, updating, and troubleshooting hundreds of blade servers. You can do all of this remotely using one graphical console with IBM Director systems management tools or cluster management software such as Cluster Systems Management (CSM).
This IBM Redbooks publication takes an in-depth look at the IBM BladeCenter JS21. This is a 2-core or 4-core blade server for applications requiring 64-bit computing. It is ideal for computer-intensive applications and transactional Internet servers. This book helps you to install, tailor, and configure the IBM BladeCenter JS21 running either IBM AIX 5L or the Linux operating system (OS).
This document expands the current set of IBM BladeCenter JS21 documentation by providing a desktop reference that offers a detailed technical description of the JS21 system. This publication does not replace the latest IBM BladeCenter JS21 marketing materials and tools. It is intended as an additional source of information that you can use, together with existing sources, to enhance your knowledge of IBM blade solutions.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to BladeCenter and JS21 technology
Chapter 2. BladeCenter JS21: Hardware components
Chapter 3. BladeCenter JS21: Software environment
Chapter 4. BladeCenter JS21: Virtualization
Chapter 5. Planning considerations
Chapter 6. Hardware setup
Chapter 7. Installing and managing the Virtual I/O Server
Chapter 8. Installing AIX
Chapter 9. Installing Linux
Chapter 10. System management scenarios
Chapter 11. Performance tuning
Chapter 12. Storage area network installation and booting
Appendix A. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 AutoYaST XML file
Appendix B. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Kickstart file
Appendix C. SUSE Linux Installation Server setup
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