The IBM eServer™ BladeCenter® system allows compute, network, and storage components to operate under a common chassis management scheme. It offers a new approach to solving many systems management issues surrounding the integration of power, packaging, cooling, media peripherals, and cabling of multiple compute servers, network switches, and storage into one highly redundant package. In the BladeCenter design, these functions are integrated into the chassis, allowing the costs of each shared component to be amortized across the entire chassis. At the heart of the system is the management module hardware and firmware that provides chassis management for all components, thereby removing the cost and complexity of having to manage each component independently.
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