IBM iDataPlex  (Source: IBM)
IBM says new blade server can be run at room temperature with liquid cooling

The move towards "greener" pastures in the IT industry is heavily advocated by IBM. Not only do green initiatives in the data center help the environment but the reduced power needs can also save corporations significant sums of money.

IBM introduced a new category of server for Web 2.0 computing today called the iDataPlex system. IBM says that companies running scale-out data centers consume as much as 10 to 30 times more energy costs per square foot than similar office buildings not running a data center. The additional energy used by the companies is not only for running the computers, but also for running the air conditioning system required to keep the data center running.

The new iDataPlex system uses IBM’s blade server system in a new design that IBM claims more than doubles the number of systems that can be run in a single IBM rack. The new server also uses 40% less power while providing five times as much computing power. The server also uses all industry standard components and open source software to cut costs.

The iDataPlex can also be fitted with a liquid cooled wall on the rear of the rack to allow it to operate at room temperature. IBM also introduced liquid cooling in its supercomputer line recently with the launch of the Power 575. The new iDataPlex will be available in June in the U.S. and Canada with a global launch by the end of 2008.

IBM Financial announced at the same time that it would be offering financing to help customers put the new iDataPlex servers in use in their data centers. John Callies, general manager of IBM Global Financing said in a statement, “IBM Global Financing offers an end-to-end solution for customers looking to access the new IBM iDataplex technology. From acquisition to disposal, IBM Global Financing can be there to help Web 2.0 customers and other segments with high performance environments access these benefits.”

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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