Hey, HP! It's A Blade Server, Not A Clown Car - HotHardware
Hey, HP!  It's A Blade Server, Not A Clown Car

Hey, HP! It's A Blade Server, Not A Clown Car

Hewlett Packard announced its new blade setup today, and the ProLiant BL2X220c G5 is something of a breakthrough. HP has been able to put two servers into one blade, cutting energy consumption and shrinking the space needed down on the server farm.

The two servers are completely independent of each other, but share the same shell. That setup allows the BL2×220c G5 to offer 60 percent better performance per watt than similar configurations. As for HP’s 60 percent improvement claim: In “internal testing the BL2×220c achieves 1582.73 bops/watt compared to 958.86 bops/watt on a cluster of Dell PowerEdge 1955 servers.”

But even if you quibble over the energy savings claim it’s clear that HP’s new blades will save on space–another key data center cost.

Once you toss in virtualization things can get really interesting. For instance, one blade could have a Linux server, a Windows server and run Mac OS X via virtualization easily. That’s a lot of stuff for one blade.


So get ready to make your server room half as big, and put twice as many air conditioners in it.
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Thats slick 2 servers in one blade! I dont have a need myself for it but Im interested in the technology. Have maybe ill have me a little start up business in what used to be my daughters bedroom one day!

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I checked out the specs on it and it is really nice. You can throw two quad cores in there at 3 GHz each if you wanted to. That is a lot of power in a small space. Very good for clusters.

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 for some reason at every mention of clusters i think of hexic. anyway its nice to see space saving going into the server market (more so, i know sapce saving is important) and plus amd opterons are being adopted by sun and ibm.... i hope they get some amd for those 2 servers 1 blade configuration 

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 If quad cores are added, I wonder if heating becomes a major issue. Becuase this thing if I had it would be on 24/7

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That's a hell of a lot of power in a small space.  Impressive. 

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that is very impressive! my company almose went to the blade servers and instead they decided to stick with the 5 year old servers that we already have because they didn't want to spend the money. 

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