HP blade packs more muscle into clusters

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) has announced a new dual-processor blade server, the HP ProLiant BL30p, for scientific computing and other high-performance applications.

HP says the BL30p's design allows a company to build an ultra-high-density cluster. All told, 16 ProLiant BL30p blades can be packed into a data center equipment rack enclosure that is six units (6U) high; a full rack of ProLiant BL30p servers can include as many as 192 processors.

The BL30p uses dual Intel Xeon processors and is optimized to deliver high performance with minimal or no local storage. HP offers optional dual-port Fibre Channel support to connect a cluster of BL30ps to a storage area network. Specifically, the BL30p can be used in conjunction with HP's StorageWorks SANs and select third-party Fibre Channel SANs.

The ultra-high-density, dual-processor ProLiant BL30p rounds out HP's line of blade servers a line that includes the dual-processor BL20p G2 and the four-processor BL40p.

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