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Egenera announces blade server upgrades

Utility computing firm Egenera has launched the third generation of its BladeFrame blade server infrastructure.

The new system is based on enhanced Control Blade, Switch Blade and BladePlane components, which on average, says Egenera, double BladeFrame performance and Ethernet connectivity.

The new Control Blade configuration is attributed with driving the performance gains. Tests conducted by Egenera claim that Control Blade EX, with eight fabric connections, can deliver 280% better network performance and 230% better disk performance than its predecessor. Moreover, the fabric bandwidth improves to 10Gb/sec. The new Control Blades will also allow field upgrades for support of 4Gb Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet.

All new Egenera systems will ship with BladeFrame EX components unless customers request otherwise. All current Egenera Processing Blade configurations are compatible with BladeFrame EX.

"For four years now, we've been protecting customer investments in Egenera technology by enabling significant performance enhancements while ensuring forward and backward compatibility of hardware and software, and by maintaining a consistent form factor for our processing blades," says Susan Davis, vice-president of marketing at Egenera.

For anyone that wants to upgrade existing BladeFrame systems, all of the new components are backwards compatible.


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