IBM® BladeCenter® remains an innovative solution to running business solutions. IBM BladeCenter builds on the IBM commitment to integrating server, storage, and networking functionality with technology exchange and heterogeneous management. IBM BladeCenter offers the ease, density, availability, affordability, and scalability that are central to the blade technology promise.
Blade servers captured industry focus because of their modular design, which can reduce costs with a more efficient usage of valuable floor space, and their simplified management, which can speed up such tasks as deploying, reprovisioning, updating, and troubleshooting hundreds of blade servers. In addition, blade servers provide improved performance by doubling current rack density. By integrating resources and sharing key components, costs are reduced and availability is increased.
This IBM Redbooks® publication describes IBM BladeCenter and describes the technology and features of the different chassis, blade server models, and connectivity options. We go into detail about every major component and provide guidance about networking and storage connectivity.
This tenth edition includes new products that were announced in the second and third quarters of 2012. This book is for clients, IBM Business Partners, and IBM employees who want to know the details about IBM BladeCenter chassis, servers, and options. We assume that you have a basic understanding of blade server concepts and IT knowledge in general.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Product overview
Chapter 2. IBM BladeCenter chassis and infrastructure configuration
Chapter 3. Blade server hardware configuration
Chapter 4. Network integration
Chapter 5. Storage integration
Chapter 6. IBM BladeCenter solutions
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