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HP expands BladeSystem portfolio

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HP has expanded the HP BladeSystem portfolio with an Integrity blade designed to handle memory-intensive data centre workloads while helping businesses lower cost, save energy and space, and decrease deployment time.

As the company’s first four-socket Integrity server blade, the HP Integrity BL870c combines the modular infrastructure and energy efficiency of HP BladeSystem with the business-critical capabilities of Integrity servers.
The new server can help businesses of all sizes realise power savings of up to 25%. Space requirements also are reduced because 2.5 times as many BL870c server blades fit into the same space as a comparable rackmount configuration.
To help take the guesswork out of building an Integrity blade solution, HP also has created Solution Blocks for its Integrity servers. These HP-tested configurations allow customers and resellers to quickly deploy business-critical applications on the HP BladeSystem.
“The BL870c expands the BladeSystem portfolio into the heart of the business-critical market, combining the benefits of blades around cost, time, change and energy, with the proven scalability and availability of Integrity systems,” says Andrew Fletcher, business critical systems manager: Enterprise Storage & Server Group at HP. “With this server, we now address the broadest spectrum of workloads with a blade infrastructure in the industry. Our commitment to innovation is unmatched and we’ll continue our ’blade everything’ strategy where it helps customers align their technology with the needs of their business.”
The HP Integrity BL870c addresses more application workload demands by expanding the Integrity server blade portfolio for the HP BladeSystem c3000 and c7000 enclosures. The addition of the BL870c to the HP BladeSystem family will allow businesses to deploy and manage Integrity or ProLiant servers in a single blade enclosure with a set of common management tools.
The BL870c builds on the strength of HP’s first c-Class Integrity blade, the BL860c, by offering twice the processing power and twice the memory capacity. It provides the choice of Microsoft Windows, HP-UX 11i v2, HP-UX 11i v3, OpenVMS, RedHat or SuSE operating systems. Its large memory capacity makes the BL870c well-suited for high-performance computing applications. With the BL870c, businesses requiring the highest levels of availability and greater scalability can better streamline operational expenses to drive business growth.
HP Solution Blocks for Integrity server blades simplify the deployment of enterprise applications and optimize the use of the HP BladeSystem enclosure to save time and money. Each Solution Block includes combinations of Integrity blades, application software, HP storage and interconnect technology – all HP-approved based on best practices or testing.
Initial Solution Blocks available for Integrity blades include enterprise resource planning (ERP), service-oriented architecture (SOA), application integration and product data management.
The Oracle PeopleSoft Solution Block for PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.0 is one example. With this Solution Block, businesses have the option of configurations for basic, medium and high availability. They include combinations of Integrity BL860c, BL870c and ProLiant BL460c server blades, and a range of storage options. Using a high-performance, reliable and modular infrastructure, HP helps Oracle customers build long-term IT strategies that can dynamically change as the business environment evolves.