Thursday, December 27, 2012

IBM BladeCenter HS23 Server Blade Review: The Big 5

About a month ago, we spent time reviewing the IBM System x3650 M4. So, having spent time in the IBM rack server world, it’s now time for us to take a look at the IBM server blade world. Coordinated with the System x M4 release, IBM also released an updated server blade called the IBM BladeCenter HS23 that offers some significant improvements over its predecessor, the IBM BladeCenter HS22.

There are 5 key areas that the IBM BladeCenter HS23 server has improved upon:

1.    Availability – The HS23 blade offers exceptional system uptime as a result of features such as fault tolerance, built-in diagnostics, Predictive Failure Analysis (PDF), and a power-independent light path diagnostics panel.

2.    Manageability – Featuring the new Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2) for remote management capabilities, HS23 server blades also come equipped with IBM Fabric Manager and IBM Systems Director.

3.    Performance – IBM HS23 servers are built with the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors for ramped-up performance, as well as offering other performance-enhancing features such as Intel Turbo Bust Technology 2.0 and Intel Hyper-Threading technology.

4.    Scalability – Able to scale to up to 512GB of memory capacity, IBM HS23 blades can also scale to up to two processors, 16 cores, and 32 threads of processing power as well as scaling to 18 I/O ports on a single-wide HS23 blade.

5.    Energy-efficiency – Equipped with lower voltage Intel Xeon processors, HS23 blade servers also offer IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, Intel Intelligent Power Capability, and low-voltage DDR3 memory for reduced energy consumption.

With improvements in these 5 key areas, the IBM BladeCenter HS23 blade server gives some legitimate reasons to consider an upgrade from your HS22.

- KH

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