Server start-up Egenera will debut its high-end Linux
server Sept. 11, a model for financial-services customers that will
cost at least $250,000.
Egenera's nearly 7-foot-tall BladeFrame system can hold as many
as 24 servers , each a two- or four-processor model, said Vern
Brownell, Egenera chief technology officer and former Goldman Sachs
CTO. Each processor "blade," which doesn't include its own hard
disk, can be assigned to take over if another one fails by assuming
the failed computer's network identity and storage system.
The first models will use current Pentium III chips running at
1GHz or newer Pentium III-M "Tualatin " models running at 1.26GHz,
Brownell said. Later this year, the company will begin selling the
systems with 2GHz Xeon chips, a version of the Pentium 4 geared for
server use. "