HP breaks the 100,000 blade server barrier

Hewlett-Packard recently claimed that it is the first supplier to sell more than 100,000 blade servers, taking the lead in what...

Hewlett-Packard recently claimed that it is the first supplier to sell more than 100,000 blade servers, taking the lead in what is said to be the industry's fastest-growing server market segment.
HP also announced availability of what it said is the industry’s densest two-processor blade server - the HP ProLiant BL30p, using both AMD Opteron and Intel Itanium processor-based blade servers.

“No other company has demonstrated a stronger commitment to helping businesses use industry-standard solutions in the increasingly popular blade market than HP,” said Andrew McNiven, product manager of industry standard servers at HP.

WhiteCross Systems, a customer intelligence solutions provider, said that it was able to save time and money through consolidation of its existing 1,000 servers - comprising of a mix of Sun Microsystems and other proprietary systems - to roughly 300 HP ProLiant BL20p blades running Red Hat Linux.

WhiteCross aims to extract business-critical information from huge amounts of data to enable its customers to maximise revenue, minimise customer churn and identify new products and services.

According to Gartner, HP secured the top spot in the worldwide blade server market for the first calendar quarter of 2004. In the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market, HP increased market share from 42% to 64% year-on-year revenue with growth of 536%.

The Gartner report also found blades to be the fastest growing segment of the server market. Blade servers are designed to facilitate systems management and offer customers greater flexibility through scale-out technology.

HP said it will continue to develop the blade architecture, and help customers to achieve greater return on investment through industry-standard platforms.

Blades are an integral component of the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy to synchronise business and ICT to better capitalise on change.

Enterprise customers are increasingly adopting HP blades to lower datacentre costs and increase efficiency, HP added.

Now available, the HP ProLiant BL30p aims to provide large business customers with a competitive edge, by enabling more processing power per rack.

The Intel Xeon processor-based HP ProLiant BL30p conserves floor space by up to 67%, and reduces cabling by up to 96% compared with a traditional 1U infrastructure, HP said.

A key factor in the success of ProLiant blades, HP said, was the management tools which are built into every server, these are said to be further enhanced through tight integration with partner software, including VMware’s.

Building on HP’s virtualisation solutions, and the industry’s broadest blade server portfolio, HP now offers ProLiant blade servers running Linux.

With a Linux distribution, companies can expect to experience significant cost savings without compromising on performance or security.

Customers migrating from a 48-processor Risc machine to 24 two-processor HP ProLiant blade servers running Linux, using new technology called “cluster file systems”, can create one large server that adds capacity on demand, scales performance efficiently and provides 100% redundancy and uptime at approximately 30% to 50% of the cost.

Written by Computing SA staff

Read more on Server hardware