IBM launches iDataPlex server; Eyes Web 2.0 customers

IBM launches iDataPlex server; Eyes Web 2.0 customers

Summary: IBM on Wednesday outlined its entry to be the hardware vendor of choice among Web 2.0 companies with a server dubbed iDataPlex.


IBM on Wednesday outlined its entry to be the hardware vendor of choice among Web 2.0 companies with a server dubbed iDataPlex.

photo-3_idataplex.JPGBig Blue calls the iDataPlex a new server category (gallery right, Techmeme) designed to be one of thousands crammed into a data center. IBM claims iDataplex uses less than 40 percent less power, can use a liquid cooled wall to run at room temperature, has a small footprint so you can double the number of servers in a rack and uses Linux and other industry standards. IBM's iDataPlex is designed as a rack system.

The technology giant unveiled the server at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco so it can pitch a lot of potential customers, but it could appeal to a lot of enterprises too. After all, big companies also feel the crunch of high energy costs.

Among other key points about iDataPlex:

  • The server is build for stateless computing and is designed to be part of cloud computing infrastructure;
  • The iDataPlex can be made to order and ready to integrate from the factory;
  • Yahoo and Texas Tech University are early reference customers;
  • IBM will use the iDataPlex in its own cloud computing center. The company noted that iDataPlex is part of its "Blue Cloud" initiative.

The server will be available in June in the U.S. and across the globe by the end of 2008.

Topics: IBM, Browser, Cloud, Hardware, Servers

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  • Heavy Computer - Heavy Picture

    The image of the computer in this article is huge - 1375.77 KB. Someone's uploader is not doing a very good job. Regardless doing it without AC should be the mantra.

    Keep it up IBM.
  • Air Conditioning

    This system is NOT running WITHOUT A/C, it's simply integrating the A/C into the rack. This isn't a new idea. One thing to keep in mind is that you'll need drainage to carry away condensation. Few data centers have sewer connections out on the main floor.
    • Yes they do...

      Part of the specification for DC classes specify drainage system for water.

      You don't build a concrete box without a way to get rid of water... just in case.
    • Some clarifications for you.

      It runs without A/C in the datacenter. It uses a rear door heat exchanger that acts like a radiator to remove the heat from the room. Liquid cooling is over 100x more efficient than air cooling. The iDataPlex takes room temperature air, the servers heat it up, then pushes hot air over the radiator where the air is cooled and pushed out the back. With current chips, it actually COOL the room. The air going in the front is actually warmer than what goes out the back. It uses chilled water that is already in the building or the data center.

      Condensation is not a problem because this design, as opposed to the other "solutions" on the market does not require the water to be as cold, it stays well above the dew point, so no condensation.

      The cooling system has no moving parts in the rack, it is passive. The cooling system is also a closed loop, OTHER solutions have used public water supply, so a break would leak until someone shut the water off. For this, a break in the hose (although unlikely) would only pour some of the water in the system out, likely only a few gallons, depending on the run back to the CRAC units. Comparable to maybe a mop bucket being spilled.

      IBM has had a read door heat exchanger for several years, iDataPlex takes a more holistic approach, and the energy savings are substantial.

      This is NOT a one size fits all type of solution, it was purpose built for customers that buy in huge volumes, can tolerate individual system failures, etc. Redundancy happens at the application, not hardware level.
  • RE: IBM launches iDataPlex server; Eyes Web 2.0 customers

    "...IBM claims iDataplex uses less than 40 percent less power..." As this statement reads, the iDataplex can use anywhere from 39.999...% less power to actually using MORE power! Can???t help but wonder if what???s meant is that the iDataplex uses

    (1) MORE ???than 40% less power??? of something else
    (2) ???40% OF the power??? of something else
    (3) Or ???less than 40% of the power??? of something else???

    There are several other errors in this article that really should have been removed/fixed before distribution... If there is an editor involved, s/he seriously needs to step it up!

    Sent: 0804241629c