IBM has taken the wraps off the first Opteron-based blade server, providing its cluster-system customers with access to a broader range of high-performance computing applications while boosting the company’s presence in a growing blade marketplace, NewsFactor reports.

Big Blue is adding AMD’s dual-core Opteron LS20 processor technology to its BladeCenter system in an effort to help businesses create clusters that are optimized for specific applications. defines a blade server as “a thin, modular electronic circuit board, containing one, two, or more microprocessors and memory, that is intended for a single, dedicated application (such as serving web pages) and that can be easily inserted into a space-saving rack with many similar servers.”

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