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Blade Serverblade USB Storage Solution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019258D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Sep-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Sep-08

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The Serverblade design has a problem in trying to share storage between different server blades. The individual blades have the capability of storing data individually, but there is no way of sharing this data between the blades unless it is across some sort of network. Sharing it across the internal network is one option, but this requires setting up network access and configure users/permissions on this data. Plus it also creates problems with who is the server of the data and such. This makes for a messy solution. Having external storage is also an option, but this requires an extra server to maintain and control the data. This is do-able, but costly and there is the network performance to consider when accessing the server. This invention is meant to describe a mechanism for attaching drive(s) to the Serverblade design such that all machines have direct access to the data on the drive (no network server required) and such that all machines can share data on the drives.