IBM Offers Blade Server with Data Integration

Loraine Lawson

Are you in the market for a new data integration solution?


If so, you might want to consider a new product from IBM, scheduled to go on sale in October.


The new offering, called the IBM Information Server Blade, is essentially a data integration appliance. It's composed of a blade server -- IBM BladeCenter HS21 servers with Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors -- running Red Hat Linux and IBM's Information Server software, according to this piece from eWEEK. It also includes Tivoli Workload Manager, which will manage workloads across blades if you're running a grid cluster.


IBM announced the new product this week at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.


According to eWEEK, the IBM Information Server Blade should appeal to customers with heterogeneous data integration platform environments, because it will allow them to bring that data into one place for cleaning, profiling and managing. The Information Server software works with non-IBM relational databases, including Oracle and SQL Server, eWEEK reports.


According to a Forrester analyst interviewed for the article, the hardware component of the Information Server Blade sets it apart from competitors, who offer only data integration software. Those competitors include Oracle, Microsoft, Informatica, Ab Initio Software, Business Objects and SAS.

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