Hewlett-Packard has introduced a line of x86 servers for organisations that operate large computing facilities, where cutting a few dollars off each system's energy or shipping costs can add up to significant savings.
Christine Martino, general manager of HP's Scalable Computing and Infrastructure group, says the new ProLiant SL servers consume about 28% less power and weigh almost a third less than a "standard" rack-mount server.
The servers have what HP calls a "skinless" design that does away with much of the exterior metal casing, making them look like blade servers.
The first three SL models are due to ship next month. The new servers are based on Intel's Xeon 5500 processors, code-named Nehalem.