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TechTarget.com: HP's standards-based blade program is an industry first

Dec 06, 2001, 23:10 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)
"Hewlett-Packard, meanwhile, took note of the failures and has been at work on its blade offerings, but with an open-standards approach (CompactPCI). The CompactPCI standard was developed by a consortium of more than 700 companies to increase availability and reduce computing costs.

Today, HP announced that it is the first to market among the giant server makers with Intel server blades for Red Hat, SuSe and Debian Linux. PA-RISC-processor blades are due next year, to be followed by Itanium-based blades in 2003. Server blades for Windows, HP-UX and other Linux distributions are due throughout next year. The initial Web server blades will handle Web hosting, Web caching and Web streaming media.

HP also announces storage blades (dual IDE disk blade), network blades (gigabit Ethernet) and management blades (HP TopTools and OpenView). Volume shipments on all blades will begin in January, and HP said it anticipates blade releases throughout 2002."

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