This week, IBM Redbooks published the first draft of the new edition of the book "Implementing the IBM BladeCenter S Chassis". This book is meant to be the one-stop guide to getting BladeCenter S up and running.
BladeCenter S is a compelling offering for a branch office or distributed environment because the chassis holds all the components you need - blade servers, switches and share storage. And a big plus for customers in some countries, the BladeCenter S operates on 110V power if needed.
The author team: Josh Corder, Guy Kempny, and David Watts
As the project leader, I had two subject matter experts working with me on this update:
Josh Corder works for a major national retailer here in the U.S. and has years of experience implementing and rolling out hundreds of BladeCenter S configurations. The key to success to implementing such a large-scale rollout is scripting, and Josh has added lots of material into the book on the various command-line interfaces available with the BladeCenter S.
Guy Kempny is an IT Consultant for a Business Partner in Australia and has been working with IBM products for more than 20 years. Guy's experience with BladeCenter S and the other components of the BladeCenter family meant he was able to update the book with the latest information on supported servers like the HS23 and HS23E as well as the latest switches, adapters and disk drives. Guy also updated the chapter on storage management including the use of the Storage Configuration Manager, an essential tool for configuring shared storage in the chassis.
The book has five chapters:
Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM BladeCenter S chassis
Chapter 2. BladeCenter S technical overview
Chapter 3. Getting started using the BladeCenter S chassis
Chapter 4. Configuring storage
Chapter 5. AMM User Interface Guide
As we say in the abstract of the book, it is written for a technical audience with limited or no experience with IBM BladeCenter solutions. After reading it, you should be able to successfully implement the BladeCenter S, customized to your specific needs.
If you have three minutes to spare, watch the video of Josh and Guy talking about the book and the BladeCenter S chassis.
David Watts is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He writes books and papers on many areas related to IBM Flex System, IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x. Follow David on Twitter at @DavidAtRedbooks.