Stories by Jennifer Mears and Denise Dubie

Users banking on blades

FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - Greater Baltimore Medical Center had a dilemma. Its IT needs were growing, but its data center space was not. After months of dead-end negotiations with vendors in an attempt to put multiple applications on fewer, bigger boxes, the nonprofit turned in the other direction: It brought in blade servers.

Server management tools grow up

As corporations move toward utility computing, where system resources grow and shrink according to business demands, server management tools are evolving to do more than simply monitor and manage isolated network nodes. Analysts say users can expect these management packages to become increasingly automated, better handle security and patch management, and become usable across a variety of different server platforms.