Compaq is readying for the fourth-quarter launch of its server-blade architecture with new tools that will help users remotely deploy and manage the technology.
Compaq last week said it's working with systems-management vendor Altiris Inc. to develop management tools for its Quickblade products. The software will address management challenges unique to blade architectures, in which numerous, ultrathin server boards are stored in a rack environment, the company says. The software, based on Altiris' eXpress Deployment Server product, will let IT managers remotely configure, activate, and troubleshoot server blades.
Analysts say that server-blade offerings will require robust management software to be competitive. "Having large numbers of small servers tends to intensify typical management problems," Illuminata analyst David Freund says.
Most other PC server vendors are expected to in-troduce server blades--based on low-voltage Intel processors--later this year or early next. Compaq's deal with Altiris is nonexclusive, and a Dell spokesman says his company will likely work with a third-party software maker to deliver management tools for its blade products, due early next year.