Sun Microsystems has announced its smaller Sun Blade 8000 P chassis to house blade servers.
The original Sun Blade 8000 chassis was over 33in tall, but the 8000 P is under 25in. While both systems can accommodate up to ten blades, the 8000 P system is equipped with fewer power supplies, and has a simpler input-output system than the previous model, said Sun.
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At £4,050, the 8000 P chassis costs more than the Sun Blade 8000 chassis. Sun says the new model requires less support and is more energy efficient. The new chassis will begin shipping in February.
IBM is also set to introduce a smaller blade chassis. Doug Balog, vice president and business line executive for IBM BladeCenter products, said the company would be using a new smaller chassis as part of its effort in targeting its blades at small companies and larger companies’ distributed computing environments.
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