HP has released a new ProLiant blade enclosure with higher server densities designed for cloud computing and other computing-intensive applications.
With up to 32 server nodes in a single 10U blade chassis, the new BladeSystem can scale up to 128 servers, 1,024 CPU cores and 2 terabytes of RAM in one standard-sized rack consisting of four enclosures. The new blade offers double the density of its HP predecessors by fitting two servers into each slot, says Paul Miller, HP's marketing vice president.
Density and power efficiency are the main advantages of the new blade, dubbed the HP ProLiant BL2x220c G5, Miller says. While cloud computing applications are likely to benefit, the blade is targeted at multiple use cases, such as oil and gas producers who need computing power for geophysical surveys.
Some customers are likely to use thousands of these servers for Web 2.0, grid and high-performance computing applications, HP says.
HP's announcement comes about a month after IBM launched a similar line of blade servers called the iDataPlex, designed for Web 2.0 and cloud computing environments. While HP doubled its density by loading two servers into each slot, IBM rotated each server 90 degrees, creating racks that hold 84 servers.