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Cisco Launching Blade Servers in 2009 87

Posted by timothy
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minutetraders writes "According to some sources, by next year Cisco Systems will be in the blade server business. ChannelWeb has a story, confirmed by several sources, that the San Jose, Calif.-based networking behemoth is readying blade servers, code-named California, for a release early next year. A blade server offering would put Cisco in direct competition with the likes of Dell, HP, and IBM, companies it partners with on their respective blade server offerings, for control of the enterprise data center."
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Cisco Launching Blade Servers in 2009

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  • delivery (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ChiefArcher (1753) on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @05:50PM (#26226341) Homepage Journal

    If cisco delivered servers the way it delivers network gear:

      You will order your blades and get them 3 months later after harassing your rep over and over until they finally send them via VP signatures via a warehouse.

    When people want servers, they want them in days... not months.
    This can only end poorly.

  • Compliant? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Just Some Guy (3352) <> on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @05:56PM (#26226375) Homepage Journal

    I wonder which pre-installed Linux distro they won't give you the source to.

  • by cruff (171569) on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @06:04PM (#26226427)

    Cisco has been pushing into the Fibre Channel switch market also, and those switches have control processors running Linux on them. They were pushing various software companies to port things like SAN backup applications onto those processors. Ironically they refused to let us consider porting a custom data mover application from our archive software into the switch because we were an end user.

  • Re:linux (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @06:05PM (#26226441)

    your buddy is nuts unless he was refering to VMWare ESX(i) as the "linux" they will be pushing. Its not really a blade server as much as a whole system packaged together. I know I have sat through the VOD's internally on it :) Its going to change the game for the DC in ways that the others cant compete. They actually had Intel come to us to license some technology.

    Its a good time to be at Cisco.

  • Re:Compliant? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ChiefArcher (1753) on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @06:06PM (#26226449) Homepage Journal

    Agreed... If i'm not mistaken
    the 6500 NAM and NAM2 blades run linux.
    and the older Cisco Content Manager caching engines ran linux (I rooted one).

    So.... You're right about the compliance part.

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