Software // Enterprise Applications
10:56 AM

IBM Adds Features To BladeCenter For SMBs

The new offerings are designed to make it easier for small and midsized businesses to manage the blade server platform.

IBM on Wednesday added a group of products and capabilities to its BladeCenter offerings that's designed to make it easier for small and midsized businesses to manage the blade server platform.

"About 40% of our customers are [small and midsized businesses], and we see this space growing," says Ishan Sehgal, program director for BladeCenter at IBM. "This is really a jump-start offering for customers who either need help in deployment, or in modifying their IT infrastructure to make the most of the advantages of BladeCenter."

New BladeCenter offerings include an entry-level networking switch, called the IBM Server Connectivity Module, designed for implementation by SMBs with limited on-site networking skills or resources.

Also offered are new Windows management capabilities that let customers combine the benefits of BladeCenter and the System i business computing platform. BladeCenter integrates into System i through a standard iSCSI connection. The offering combines the virtual storage, networking, and tape resources of System i to simplify Windows server management, Sehgal says.

A new service offering called Jump Start is being provided through IBM Global Services to speed and simplify blade server deployment. IBM is also making available a financing package for SMB customers or smaller department acquisitions, with monthly payment structured through IBM Global Financing.

The Server Connectivity Module is priced at $999. The System i Windows server management is priced at $999. The Jump Start service is available in May at a price of $6,999.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Among 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Dec. 9, 2014
Apps will make or break the tablet as a work device, but don't shortchange critical factors related to hardware, security, peripherals, and integration.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.