IBM Announces Intention to Form Blade.org Community
Armonk, N.Y. - July 26, 2005 - IBM
today announced the intention to form an industry community around
BladeCenter called Blade.org. Companies that have expressed an
interest in being founding members in the blade community include
Brocade, Cisco, Citrix Systems, IBM, Intel Corporation, Network
Appliance, Nortel, Novell and VMware. This community is planned to
be a collaborative organization focused on accelerating the
expansion of solutions for BladeCenter, a design co-developed by
IBM and Intel.
This organization is aimed at spurring
development and innovation around blade technology, and will enable
BladeCenter ecosystem partners to test and interoperate their
products on BladeCenter. This will drive the development of this
rapidly-growing community and innovations in Voice over IP,
industry specific solutions, security and many other
IBM has reserved Blade.org as the future Web
site for a solution community that will facilitate the expansion of
solutions based upon the BladeCenter specifications.
"We expect Blade.org to build on the current
wave of momentum around BladeCenter," said Susan Whitney, general
manager, xSeries division, IBM Systems and Technology Group.
"BladeCenter is the most open blade server platform in the industry
and as a new organization Blade.org would help enable the broadest
set of customer solutions for their diverse application needs. With
the new IBM BladeCenter interoperability program, we are opening
even more doors to provide the industry with opportunities to take
advantage of the BladeCenter ecosystem."
"Cisco recognized the value of blade servers
to our customers early on. With the Cisco Systems Intelligent
Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module, the Cisco Topspin InfiniBand Switch
Module and Host Channel Adapters, and the Cisco VFrame™
Server Virtualization software, Cisco delivers multiple solutions
for blade server customers to receive the benefits of Cisco
end-to-end networking," said Kathy Hill, senior vice-president of
Ethernet and Wireless Systems Technology Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.
"Cisco is pleased to be working with Intel and IBM to deliver
industry standard solutions for our customers choosing to deploy
"Enabling the enterprise is founded on
developing new solutions that simplify companies' infrastructures
and allow them to rapidly meet market demands," said Kirk Skaugen,
general manager of Intel's Server Platforms Group. "This community
is expected to help further industry collaboration and provide a
new opportunity to create innovative solutions."
In addition, Blade.org is intended to assist
solution providers in developing blade applications and extending
BladeCenter into vertical industry solutions and small and medium
Other examples of IBM's initiatives to support
an open BladeCenter ecosystem include:
- The establishment of an IBM BladeCenter
Partner Solutions Interoperability Lab and new BladeCenter test
tools to assist partners in attaining interoperability. This new
center is in addition to IBM's existing Engineering and Technology
Services BladeCenter Open Support Center.
- The development of BladeCenter solutions
centers worldwide by IBM and IBM Business Partners.
- The IBM BladeCenter compatibility and
interoperability program is being created in response to
overwhelming partner demand in the initial months after the Open
Specification for BladeCenter was released in September of 2004 by
IBM and Intel.
More than 260 companies have received the
BladeCenter specifications, with more than 350 technology and
solution partners participating in the BladeCenter Alliance
Program, and many are now delivering products and solutions based
on the open specifications.
BladeCenter has been the leading blade server
in the industry for seven successive quarters according to IDC. IBM
has shipped well in excess of 200,000 blades since market
introduction, the first and only vendor to reach that
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