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5 Author(s)
Desai, D.M. ; IBM Systems and Technology Group, 3039 Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709, USA ; Bradicich, T.M. ; Champion, D. ; Holland, W.G.
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The IBM eServer™ BladeCenter® system was conceived in the fall of 1999 by members of the IBM xSeries® server brand technical team (at the time, called the Netfinity® brand). It was a new idea, and for some, too revolutionary to consider. After considerable end-user feedback, technical refinement, and internal discussion and debate, the concept was developed into a leadership server product. This paper provides a brief historic overview of the development of the architecture and blade servers, and a technical description of the BladeCenter system and technology.

Note: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated is distributing this Article with permission of the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) who is the exclusive owner. The recipient of this Article may not assign, sublicense, lease, rent or otherwise transfer, reproduce, prepare derivative works, publicly display or perform, or distribute the Article.  

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 6 )