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In 2002, IBM® revolutionized the server industry when it announced a new hardware platform that was based upon a modular chassis design, the IBM BladeCenter®. The platform was a radical departure from existing server architectures in that it leveraged universal components, shared with servers contained with a chassis, that could be upgraded or replaced over time. Through the use of "blade" style server slots and I/O expansion bays, servers within the chassis could connect to a vast array of networking and storage options.
In 2007, IBM once again set a new standard with the BladeCenter S. This chassis brought with it years of rigorously tested and datacenter proven blade technology, highly energy-efficient power supplies, new integrated storage, and the most advanced management capabilities available. In addition, this was the first chassis that could operate in either a 110 V or 220 V AC power environment.
Newly announced is the IBM SAS RAID Controller Module, a SAS switch module that allows shared storage using the integrated storage modules. This makes the BladeCenter S an even better solution for applications such as virtualization solutions by putting servers, storage and connectivity all in the one convenient package.
The BladeCenter S is the perfect complement to the BladeCenter family and the ideal solution for offices where the controlled environment of a formal datacenter might not be possible.
This IBM Redbooks® publication provides a standalone reference compendium, which you can use to quickly and easily set up a BladeCenter S. The book includes an overview of IBM BladeCenter servers and technology, a technical review of the BladeCenter S and its options, an in-depth explanation of storage zoning and configuration, and step-by-step setup guides for both the Advanced Management Module and Storage Configuration Manager.
This book was written for a technical audience with limited or no experience with IBM BladeCenter solutions. After reading it, you should be able to successfully implement the BladeCenter S, customized to your specific needs.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM BladeCenter S chassis
Chapter 2. BladeCenter S technical overview
Chapter 3. Getting started using the BladeCenter S chassis
Chapter 4. Configuring storage
Chapter 5. Management tools
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