Blade Computers on the Cutting Edge

One of the more interesting alternative approaches to networking is the concept of blade computing. One vendor, ClearCube, has announced the first P4 blade computers on the market. See whether this alternative approach to desktop computing and management may be the key to saving you time, and company money.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Nov 7, 2001
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The concept behind blade computers is not a new one. The idea of having multiple cards emulating CPUs and distributed to networks has been around for well over a decade. However, the concept behind making this the backbone of your network is something that has only emerged in recent years, and progress continues to be made.

One leading company in this arena is ClearCube Technology, Inc., which has announced the next generation of its family of desktop computing and management solutions. The new C3-RM delivers the highest density of Pentium 4 blade computers on the market by employing advanced thermal designs and cooling methods to deliver Intel's latest desktop processors in a blade computer format. These CPU Blades are racked together in a centralized data center with 8 Blades per Cage or 112 CPU Blades per single standard 19-inch rack. The CPU Blades are connected through the Cage via standard Category 5 cable to individual desktops distributed throughout the enterprise up to 200 meters away. The small C/Port device at the desktop delivers uninterrupted Wintel applications and performance through standard monitor, keyboard, mouse, and USB connections.

The ClearCube Management Suite (CMS) is a set of software tools designed to take advantage of ClearCube's centralized architecture. CMS gives IT administrators control over computing and network assets from either the data center or a remote location. The suite enables a user having hardware or software problems to be switched to a live spare computer in seconds. CMS also lets administrators monitor all their IT assets, set automated alarms for early fault detection, manage software images on all computers and perform instant moves, adds, and changes.

"The market has changed and the current suppliers of PCs have no clue how to address these changes. Customers are looking for more than just a low-priced box, they want a solution to solve their computing needs with remarkable efficiency," said Mike Frost, CEO of ClearCube. "We have developed a better computing architecture that allows IT departments to retain profits for their company while increasing desktop user satisfaction."

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