IBM announced on Wednesday it is rolling out a new line of blade servers, BladeCenter S, which will eliminate smaller companies' needs to operate their own data centers and greatly reduce their computer systems' energy usage.
IBM says the new technology line holds up to six blade servers at a time and is small enough to fit on a desktop, unlike other servers which often take up an entire air-conditioned room. The new system will cut companies' energy use by reducing their server needs by up to 85 percent, the company says.
The new server line went public yesterday, but the company expects the system to be on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. Alex Yost, vice president of IBM's blade center business, says the new servers are designed to reduce the amount of resources that smaller businesses need to allocate toward managing their companies' IT systems.
BladeCenter S can be plugged in to a standard wall outlet and integrate common business functions such as antivirus and firewall protection, email and voice over Internet protocol applications, says Yost.
Source: The WHIR News