Fujitsu Computer Systems is shipping its first blade server based on Intel's Xeon DP processor today.
The dual-processor Primergy BX600 slides into a custom 7U (19-inch) high enclosure that can house as many as 10 blade servers. Each of the servers can support as much as 12Gbytes of memory and two UltraSCSI hard drives.
The BX600 is available with 2.8GHz, 3.06GHz, or 3.20GHz Xeon DP processors.
Gartner predicted 358,000 blades will ship in 2004, a jump of 105% from the 175,000 shipped last year.
The BX600 is Fujitsu's second foray into the blade server market, which is dominated by Hewlett-Packard and IBM. Last year, Fujitsu began shipping the BX300, a Pentium-based blade system that can be used to slide 20-blades into a 3U (5.25 inches) high enclosure.
Blades for the BX300 system use a different enclosure from the BX600, so the two types of servers are not interchangeable.
Later this year, Fujitsu will ship a four-processor Xeon MP blade that will be compatible with the BX600 enclosure.
Not counting the $6,928 for the chassis to house the blades, a single-processor BX600 with 512M bytes of memory and a 36G byte hard drive will sell for $2,371.
Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service