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IBM Substitutes Flash for Hard Drives on Blades
IBM is telling customers that its latest blade and System x servers will reduce energy use

Armed with the latest low-voltage chips from Intel and AMD, Flash-based storage and an acoustic door for racks, IBM is telling customers that its latest blade and System x servers will reduce energy use, associated carbon dioxide emissions and noise in the data center.

IBM has wheeled out BladeCenters and System x's with 50W quad Xeons, 68W dual-core Opterons and 35W and 40W dual-core Xeons. IBM calculates that lower-voltage CPUs on blades can reduce CO2 emissions by 14,000 pounds per system because they use less power, roughly what a Hummer driven 12,000 miles spews into the air.

The latest entries make IBM the first to try a "diskless blade" that substitutes Flash for traditional hard disks. It's supposed to make the blade more reliable, improve management, and eliminate the cost of the HDDs and the power it takes to run them.

The 4GB USB 2.0-based Flash module can boot the blade or be used as a storage device for lower bandwidth applications. IBM said the Flash drives enable NAS access using any fabric in its architecture, Fibre Channel, Infiniband or 10G Ethernet.

Its new door - why didn't somebody think of this before - is supposed to muffle noise to a whisper.

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Armed with the latest low-voltage chips from Intel and AMD, Flash-based storage and an acoustic door for racks, IBM is telling customers that its latest blade and System x servers will reduce energy use, associated carbon dioxide emissions and noise in the data center.




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