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August 07, 2008

BLADE Network Technologies Intros BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0

BLADE Network Technologies has released its new BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0 management software. This software allows data center administrators to efficiently manage and monitor BLADE Network Technologies’ 1Gb and 10Gb blade switches within HP BladeSystems, IBM (News - Alert) BladeCenters and NEC SIGMABLADEs.
BLADE Network Technologies is a supplier of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet network infrastructure solutions that reside in blade servers and “scale-out” server and storage racks.
According to Dan Tuchler, vice president of product management and strategy at BLADE Network Technologies, “BLADEHarmony Manager3.0 provides new capabilities in our innovative Rackonomics approach for reducing total cost of ownership and simplifying management of scaled-out data centers. Managing thousands of BLADE Network Technologies embedded and top-of- rack switches is now as easy as a click of a mouse.”
The unified management of BLADEHarmony 3.0 provides a comprehensive replicable data center view of I/O. Single click updates to thousands of BLADE’s embedded and top-of-rack switches is also present. The features of traditional Element Management Schema (News - Alert) are extended by integrating easily with existing management systems like HP Systems Insight Manager and IBM Director. A trial version of this management software is available for download at This software will be demonstrated at the 2008 Next Generation Data Center expo to be held in San Francisco, California.
The main features of the software include client-server architecture; Web-based GUI for simplified device configuration, monitoring, fault management; integration with enterprise management systems; customizable reporting of asset, operational and performance information; and automated and scheduled software downloads, configuration updates/backups.
Administrators will be able to connect to BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0’s centralized server from any browser through its web based management interface. This helps administrators to provision the I/O for an entire rack and independently manage I/O capacity on behalf of servers and storage. Switch based failures will be detected instantly and corrective action taken. Data Center Administrators are also able to configure, monitor and manage blade switches in a single chassis or across large blade server deployments from a centralized point of administration due to BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0. This helps improve service delivery and also reduces management costs.

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Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin's articles, please visit his columnist page.

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