Anyway, putting the System i’s “brain” in a blade center and making it rely on someone else’s “arms and legs” (generic I/O setups that are foreign to it) seems like a really bad idea. Presumably, the Rochester engineers have that covered and will continue to pleasnatly surprise us.]]>
As more of the ISeries becomes commodity hardware – PCI, IOP less cards, I would consider utilizing a Blade Server to take better advantage of unified storage like a Network Appliance.]]>
You usually don’t need many System i machines. If you’re a small company, you need one. If you’re a big company, you need two (Main Site & DR Site).
So the only reason i would see for a System i bladecenter is minimizing the footprint needed for applications that are still running “on a legacy platform”. Kinda the same way virtualization is often used to replace old NT4/Windows 2000 machines, and run them virtualized on current hardware.]]>