HP launches ‘breakthrough’ blade server


HP launches ‘breakthrough’ blade server

HP has unveiled what it claims is a breakthrough blade architecture that will allow IT departments to save millions of pounds as they build out their datacentres.
Three years in development, the HP BladeSystem c-Class offers enhancements in virtualisation, power and cooling and system management capabilities. HP says these functions will reduce both operational and capital expenditure costs by 46% in a typical datacentre implementation.
In what HP says is an industry first, the new BladeSystem enables users to wire computing resources once and change them on the fly, dynamically adjust power and cooling to reduce energy consumption and, claims the company, increase administrative productivity up to tenfold. The device employs HP’s Active Cool Fan technology, which HP says cuts server airflow by 30% and energy consumption by 50% compared with traditional fans.
HP says BladeSystem c-Class is a modular system, which enables businesses of any size to start with ProLiant and Integrity servers, StorageWorks storage offerings as well as client blades and then add applications and third-party products to expand their datacentres as needed.
Ultimately, HP insists that with the new design, an average enterprise datacentre can realise system acquisition cost savings of up to 41% over three years, datacentre facilities cost savings of up to 60% and initial system setup time cost savings of up to 96%.

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