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Motorola inks blade server deal with IBM

Motorola signs a deal to sell versions of IBM's thin blade servers tailored for that market.

Motorola, a major supplier of telecommunications equipment, has signed a deal to sell versions of IBM's thin blade servers tailored for that market, the companies plan to announce Wednesday. The partnership boosts IBM's effort to broadly establish its design, which also became the foundation of an Intel joint development and marketing effort.

Motorola will sell both IBM's Xeon-based blade servers and its Power processor-based JS20 models, which has begun shipping after an earlier delay, an IBM spokesman said. And IBM will include on some blade products Motorola software geared to ensure computing services remain available even when individual servers fail. Blade servers are systems that slide side-by-side into a chassis with shared components. IBM's telecommunications-specific products use the same blades as its general-purpose models, but the chassis adds telecom-required features to operate in extreme circumstances such as high temperatures.