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IT Enclosure Edge Mounted Multi-functional Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000185673D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jul-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jul-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 308K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This solution provides one large all points addressable display on a blade style or similar chassis replacing the individual displays from each blade. This single display is located adjacent to the blade grouping, spanning the edges of all of the blades. Status information for each blade is now displayed adjacent to each blade.

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IT Enclosure Edge Mounted Multi-functional Display

Background: Many IT products today are modular in nature so that multiple devices can be installed as needed to provide scalability. One common example of this are Blade servers. Today's blade servers (from Dell, HP, Sun and IBM) all employ displays on the individual blades to provide operational status to the user. Locating these displays at each blade provides best usability characteristics.

Problem Solved: These blade displays are typically very small and therefore limited in capabilities due to the compact nature of the blade packaging. Blade real estate is badly needed to maximize air flow and provide additional function such as removable HDDs and external connections. In addition, there would be great benefit in providing even more information that we can in todays compact displays on each blade.

Known Solutions: One can make compact displays consisting of a few LEDs, but these provide very limited indication of a few select states. Another option would be to use a compact all points addressable display (such as an LCD) on each blade but these would still block airflow, and add cost (14 displays in a BC).

Summary: This solution removes the individual displays from each blade and provide one larger all points addressable display on the blade chassis. This single display is located adjacent to the blade grouping, spanning the edges of all of the blades. Status information for each blade is now displayed adjacent to each blade.

Advantages:

Chassis chassis level status can be provided from this one display as well


This display can be larger and provide increased function...

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