IBM introduced new blade computing chassis featuring new processing and I/O capabilities that deliver more than 40 Gigabits of I/O bandwidth to every blade server.
The new BladeCenter H systems provide a new way to deliver blade technology, by collapsing servers, storage devices, networking infrastructure and security appliances into a single location in the datacenter. New IBM blades and switches include:
- A nine-core IBM Cell blade — the first Cell-based product from IBM.
- A dual-core POWER processor-based BladeCenter JS21 — the first blade with built-in virtualization capabilities.
- An ultra low power Intel-based BladeCenter HS20 — a dual-core blade with the industry’s best performance per watt.
- The Cisco InfiniBand Switch Module — a 4X InfiniBand switch from Cisco and IBM that provides high-speed interconnect capability. The switch module, specifically designed for the BladeCenter H, is four times faster than previous generations.