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The Register: HP's Blade strategy isn't so dense

Dec 04, 2001, 17:12 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Hewlett-Packard has at last taken the the wraps off its Blade servers. It's a much more ambitious programme than you might have suspected, encompassing HP's own PA-RISC chips as well as Intel Pentium IIIs, and the new 'PowerBar' chassis will find its way into storage and other specialised servers too.

Surprisingly the first offerings will be Linux-only, with Windows and HP-UX to follow. Red Hat, SuSE and Debian - chalk one up for HP's Linux advisor, Bruce Perens - are the favoured distros.

One thing blades aren't is ultra dense. Or even dense. Blade servers from RLX crammed over 300 CPUs in a small space, with RLX claiming an eightfold increase in density over today's racks. Not so with "hp blades servers", as HP styles them (the marketing department which gave us the "rp8400" moniker a few months ago still hasn't fixed the shift key)."

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