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IBM buys Blade Network Technologies: News in brief

While IBM scooped up Blade, Hewlett-Packard bolstered its Integrity platform and Stratus unveiled an Intel Westmere-based fault-tolerant server.

IBM to buy Blade Network Technologies IBM Corp. on Monday said it will acquire Blade Network Technologies, a provider...

of blade and top-of-rack switches as well as network virtualization software for a rumored sum of $400 million.

The IBM-Blade deal is seen against the backdrop of converged infrastructure, combinations of server and networking stacks such as Cisco’s Unified Compute System (UCS) and Hewlett-Packard’s BladeSystem Matrix. In a statement, IBM said it will use the Blade technology to build its own converged infrastructure offering: “Blade’s switches will be brought closer to IBM systems and then pass information to the core networking layer, optimizing systems performance.”

The two companies are not strangers: They’ve had an OEM relationship since 2002, and over 50% of IBM BladeCenter customers currently attach to Blade switches, IBM reported.

HP Serviceguard supports Oracle e-Business Suite
The latest versions of Hewlett-Packard’s  HP-UX 11i v3 operating system and Serviceguard clustering software now feature extensions for the Oracle e-Business Suite, simplifying the setup of high-availability clustering for the application. The enhancements are for IT shops running the latest HP Integrity systems. The company also issued a kit to speed migration from IBM AIX to the HP Integrity, as well as HP-UX 9000 Container virtualization technology, for migrating legacy applications to the new platform.

Stratus fault-tolerant server based on Intel ‘Westmere’
Stratus Technologies added a fault-tolerant system based on the latest six-core Intel ‘Westmere’ processor, the new ftServer 6310, delivering 33% more performance over the previous four-core system. In addition, the company introduced the companion ftScalable G2 storage array, a 2U RAID system that scales to 36 TB of capacity. Together, the two systems are designed to run mission-critical applications with zero downtime using lockstep processor technology and failsafe software.

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