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Sep 18 2007   9:24PM GMT

IBM the SMB follower with Shorty now out

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Timothy Prickett Morgan at IT Jungle has a great column reviewing Hewlett-Packard’s release of the BladeSystem c3000, nicknamed “Shorty.” The new HP chassis can hold eight blades, sits 10.5 inches high and draws from a regular 120-volt wall outlet.

Morgan said this is exactly what IBM should be doing with its blades, and it should have done that — and offered i5/OS in the blade format — a long time ago. Morgan argues that HP is making a better pitch than IBM to the small and medium businesses (SMBs) that are looking to fill their small data centers or server closets with compact hardware that doesn’t throw off a lot of heat.

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