HP rolls out BladeSystem upgrades
Significant improvements aim to fend off IBM and Cisco
Published 15:30, 08 June 12
- Direct connection of HP 3PAR storage - One of the major drawbacks for block-mode storage with blades has always been the cost of the SAN to connect it to the blade enclosure. With the ability to connect an HP 3PAR storage array directly to the c-Class enclosure without any SAN components, HP has reduced both the cost and the complexity of storage for a wide class of applications that have storage requirements within the scope of a single storage array.
- New blades - With this announcement, HP fills in the gaps in their blade portfolio, announcing a new Intel Xeon EN based BL-420 for entry requirements, an upgrade to the BL-465 to support the latest AMD 16-core Interlagos CPU, and the BL-660, a new single-width Xeon E5 based 4-socket blade. In addition, HP has expanded the capacity of the sidecar storage blade to 1.5 TB, enabling an 8-server and 12 TB + chassis configuration.
- New I/O and interconnect - A raft of incremental improvements, including 40 Gb signal path connectivity from the blade through an improved midplane (which can be retrofitted to older enclosures, although few will bother), which will enable both higher bandwidth Ethernet in the future as well as the new FDR Inifinband option. Also thrown into the mix is a new line of HP switches allowing multiple switches to be virtualized as a single switch, and a 16 Gb FC module. The Flex-10 Virtual Connect module has also been upgraded to a combined bandwidth of 600 Gb and added uplink ports.
- Ease of use and serviceability - HP has integrated the Gen8 server improvements in provisioning and automated maintenance operations, including firmware updates. In addition, it has added location-aware capabilities (requires HP rack and other unspecified software to take advantage of this feature) and improvements in the local Onboard Administrator.