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Industry Community Works to Advance Blade Technology and Adoption; Forty New Members Join

NEW YORK, NY - 08 Feb 2006: More than 40 technology leaders including IBM and Intel today announced the official formation of, an open community that will develop and advance next-generation technologies for blades.

The community will initially focus on solution design guidance, compliance and interoperability testing, industry events and marketplace education.

New members announced today include Altiris, AMD, Avnet, BladeFusion, Broadcom, Brocade, CGAtlantic, Citrix Systems, Clovis Solutions, Devon IT, Emulex, Force10 Networks, Fulcrum Microsystems, HCL Technologies, IBM, Intel, iVivity, Myricom, NetApp, NetEffect, Neoware, Nortel, Novell, OpenService, PathScale, QLogic, Qumranet, Red Hat, Sensory Networks, Server Engines, Stargen, Symantec, Teak Technologies, Tehuti Networks, Universal Network Machines, Universal Scientific Industrial, Virtual Iron, VMware, Voltaire, Wyse Technology and Zeus Technology. The membership levels are governing, sponsoring and general.

Also today, IBM announced the availability of updated open specifications covering the new BladeCenter high-performance system, called BladeCenter H. IBM is the only server vendor to open their blade specifications. member companies announcing new products today for BladeCenter H include Emulex, Myricom, Server Engines and Voltaire.

“What started only months ago as a group of companies interested in driving innovation on the BladeCenter-based platform, has become a fully functioning organization, supporting openness and collaborative innovation around new products and systems,” said Doug Balog, chairman, “The community is already innovating and delivering new BladeCenter solutions, expanding customer confidence in this rapidly growing market.”

“Intel is committed to expanding the blade ecosystem,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president, Digital Enterprise Group and general manager, Server Platforms Group, Intel Corporation. “New market segments and broader solutions are already emerging from the community, and Intel will continue to work closely with the consortium to create new blade solutions.”

IBM’s work with security and networking solution provider CG Atlantic is an early example of this collaboration. Both companies partnered to deliver IBM’s BladeCenter-based Systems Solutions for Information Security to women’s apparel maker Bernard Chaus, Inc.

“Our endeavors in the fashion industry are global with our employees located around the world. Our operations are 24x7 and our team must be able to access the network at all hours without worrying about security issues,” said Ed Eskew, CIO of Bernard Chaus Inc. “CG Atlantic and IBM collaborated to provide us with a solution based on IBM BladeCenter to build our layered security infrastructure on a single management platform, providing high availability for our security application.”

Examples of other BladeCenter products and initiatives carried out by members include:

-- Virtualized Hosted Client Infrastructure - IBM, VMware, and Citrix

collaborated to launch a hosted client offering to deliver full desktop

functionality to any client from highly reliable and secure IBM xSeries and

BladeCenter servers.

-- Systems Solutions for Branch Banking - IBM solutions for financial

services and banking customers help to centralize operations and reduce

overhead costs, leveraging a growing ecosystem of partners including VMware

virtual infrastructure. Committees today announced the creation of committees to be led by the community’s governing members:

-- Bylaws and Membership Committee - creates drafts for any legal

documentation required by the organization.

-- Solution Architecture Committee - will create customer-driven solution


-- Compliance and Interoperability Committee - will drive blade platform

interoperability, accelerating customer adoption of industry standard


-- Marketing Committee - responsible for marketing and


-- Business Development Committee - for recruitment of new members.

Also, today launched a new website:, as a central location for the blade community, offering membership information and details on the organization. also plans to participate in industry events like Intel Developer Forum and Server Blade Summit.

About IBM BladeCenter
IBM BladeCenter is one of the fastest-growing server business units in IBM history, with more than 2,600 percent growth in less than three years. More than 320 companies have received the BladeCenter specifications, with more than 600 technology and solution providers participating in the BladeCenter Alliance Program and Open Specification Program, making it possible for them to develop products and solutions based on the open specifications for BladeCenter. BladeCenter has been the leading blade server vendor in the industry for nine successive quarters according to IDC.* IBM has shipped well in excess of 350,000 blades since market introduction, more than any other computer maker.

About is a collaborative organization and developer community focused on accelerating the expansion of blade solutions and the IBM and Intel blade ecosystem. This organization is intended to create new solutions that will offer more customer choice.


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