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Blade Server with Console Connection Indicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000192219D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Jan-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Jan-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that enables users to locate the Blade Server easily by blinking the LED on a Blade Server when a user manipulates a console with a specific operation.

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Blade Server with Console Connection Indicator

Disclosed is a system that enables users to locate the Blade Server easily by blinking the LED on a Blade Server when a user manipulates a console with a specific operation.

IBM provides 7U chassis called BladeCenter which allows to install 14 Blade Servers (Figure 1).

One set of Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) is connected to BladeCenter. Each Blade Server has a KVM select button (Figure 2). When the KVM select button is pressed on a certain Blade Server, KVM select LED will light up to indicate that KVM is controlled by this Blade Server.

On the other hand, there is an industry standardized 42U rack which stores the BladeCenter. This rack will allow to store 6 BladeCenter and 84 Blade Server in maximum.

In this maximum case, 6 BladeCenter each carrying 14 Blade Servers are connected to one single console selector and is managed by one single console (Figure 3).

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Under this circumstances, there are problems as follows:

When looking at the console, there are difficulties to find out which Blade Server is currently selected.

Need to follow 2 steps to find a selected Blade Server from a console which is not instinctive.

Step A - Search a BladeCenter from a console selector
Step B - Search an appropriate Blade Server which has a lighting...