IBM upping the ante in telecom market
IBM is upping the ante in the telecom market, introducing a new UNIX-based blade server model built rugged for harsh environments, and enhancing its Integrated Platform for Telecommunications offering, working with industry partners like Motorola and Fujitsu. br>
IBM has introduced a new NEBS compliant UNIX-based blade, which when housed in a BladeCenterT chassis, provides a platform on which Business Partners and Service Providers (SPs) can build their next generation Internet protocol-based networks and telecommunications businesses.
The BladeCenter T chassis for the IBM eServer BladeCenter JS20 blade provides a high-performance, highly dense, scalable, industry-standard computing platform, designed to help service providers boost revenue, reduce costs and improve customer loyalty.
Using the platform, a telecom company can be more agile, efficient and responsive to business changes and opportunities, becoming an On Demand Business.
The BladeCenter T platform includes integrated servers, storage, networking, and built-in system management resources. The result is a solution that meets telecom industry standards for harsh environment deployment ? NEBS Level 3 compliance ? and td that integrates and supports Linux and IBMâ??s UNIX OS, AIX.
Telephone service through the Internet instead of phone lines
The new IBM UNIX-based blade in the BladeCenter T chassis.
Working with leading industry partners like Motorola and Fujitsu Siemens, has sweetened its Integrated Platform for Telecommunications to integrate high-availability middleware. Motorola, for instance, is also developing a Voice over IP blade for the BladeCenter family.
SBS Technologies, a leading designer and manufacturer of modular communication solutions, and IBM Engineering and Technology Services (E&TS) are developing an Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) carrier blade for the IBM BladeCenter family. The new card extends BladeCenterâ??s ability to support industry standard, robust I/O and processor cards for transport plane intensive applications such as wireless and signaling gateways and the breadth of network interfaces used in the telecommunications industry.
This offering will provide telecom providers with greater flexibility and modularity, supporting Next Generation Network applications which are consuming more and more bandwidth as data traffic requirements increase.
BladeCenter leading competitors in the market
Enhancing its blade offerings, IBM is building on an already winning hand because IBM BladeCenter owns 39.2 percent of the blade server market and has been leading the market for seven consecutive quarters, according to industry analyst IDC.
IBM first announced the IBM eServer BladeCenter T using Intel-based blades in March, 2004. BladeCenter T is designed to address the requirements of the telecom industry, such as VoIP, softswitches, wireless gateways, call centers and other enterprise environments requiring extremely rugged solutions.