This is almost scary, since the BladeCenter S is avowedly aimed at small offices, branch offices, retail stores, and small enterprises (although, as a blade, it trends toward the high end of that market.) The temptation is to ask, "What use do small offices have for nine terabytes?" But of course, there was a time when people were awed by a gigabyte. (Bill Gates himself once noted, in a Comdex keynote speech, that you could type all day, every day, for your entire life, and not fill a gigabyte.)
As always, if the space is there, it will be filled. Some use will be found for it, and then it will be indispensable.
The basic BladeCenter S is a 7U chassis intended for rack mounting, but IBM also sells an Office Enablement Kit that includes an acoustical enclosure and a contaminant filter. The chassis can hold six blades, and can plug into standard power outlets. Pricing start at $2,599, which includes power supplies, fans, rack rails, and a DVD/CD combo drive.
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