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Moving the world’s most advanced blade infrastructure to the next level: HP BladeSystem

Moving the world’s most advanced blade infrastructure to the next level: HP BladeSystem

 

The ever increasing business demand for instant access from anywhere to any service in real-time is driving the need for a highly virtualized and flexible environment.  This virtualized, flexible environment will be built on a software defined data center that requires a converged infrastructure with embedded intelligence; one that only HP has the expertise to deliver. As the leading platform for virtualization and cloud, HP BladeSystem delivers breakthrough data center economics with next generation networking for performance, scalable storage and intelligence for unprecedented insight into your data center.

 

Attaining next generation technologies in a future-proof design

 

The agile data center of tomorrow is the engine at the core of your business—accelerating time to market, optimizing cost—designed to drive your business forward.  The new HP BladeSystem c7000 Platinum enclosure encapsulates the most advanced architecture with the highest performance yet, integrating next generation technologies in a future-proof design for investment protection.  The latest end-to-end performance advancements of the HP BladeSystem include

  •  the fastest connectivity with 56Gb FDR InfiniBand
  • 40Gb Ethernet for high performance
  • low-latency networking
  • 16GB Fibre Channel-ready with superior scalability for storage

Get ready for the most intensive workloads with the world’s fastest Ethernet blade switch from HP. Another industry first, the low-latency HP SX1018 Ethernet Switch delivers over 5 times more bandwidth[1] and 4 times faster application response time[2] as HP is the first to provide 40Gb downlinks[3] to each blade server enabling InfiniBand-like performance in an Ethernet blade switch.

Achieve up to 115.2TB[4] of shared storage in a single enclosure with the next generation HP D2220sb Storage Blade, which is ideal for customers looking to move to virtualization.   The HP D2220sb has the flexibility to add cost-effective, high-density direct attached storage for a blade server and can be easily upgraded to shared storage within your HP BladeSystem.  Together with the HP SmartCache, customers can increase workload performance by up to 4 times[5] by utilizing solid state drives to accelerate storage throughput with more reliable data availability. 

HP has introduced another industry first, Three Rank (3R) 24GB Registered DIMM providing a 25% increase in performance[6].  The 3R HP SmartMemory, designed for the HP ProLiant BL460c and BL660c Gen8 Server Blades, delivers greater capacity and performance for new levels of scalability for tomorrow’s virtualization needs.

 

Infrastructure intelligence—the essential foundation for a software defined data center

HP BladeSystem, the ultimate Converged Infrastructure with built-in intelligence, provides advanced insight into your data center with the industry’s first and only Location and Power Discovery—next generation sensor technology that now gives system administrators unprecedented command of their data center.  This new intelligence combines location with real-time, auto-populated power and thermal data, integrated within HP Insight Control, to automate many of the tedious, time consuming processes.  

Now HP BladeSystem with Virtual Connect builds on the wire-once simplicity with the new Virtual Connect 4.0 which adds intelligence to dynamically allocate underutilized bandwidth. HP Virtual Connect extends end-to-end integration with enterprise networking tools: Priority Queue QoS, enabling you to define the right service level for each application; and sFlow with real-time network monitoring for intelligent capacity planning.  In addition, compared to traditional Ethernet and SAN switches, HP Virtual Connect with Dual hop FCoE offers up to 47% savings[7] on upstream switch cable connections as well as simplified management and more flexible LAN and SAN bandwidth allocation. 

Ultimate efficiency and performance for all your virtual clients

The explosive growth of mobile devices has been fueled by the constant need to access applications real-time from anywhere.  In fact, the number of devices on corporate networks will rise to about 6 per person by2020[8]. HP BladeSystem is the only blade infrastructure that can support a virtualized client solution with workstation class graphics, delivering 3 times more users per workstation blade server[9].   The result is breakthrough economics that reduces costs up to 60%[10], finally making it possible to mobilize your entire workforce. 

In addition, the new HP ProLiant WS460c Gen8 workstation blade is the first and only to provide multiple virtualized graphics cards with 8 GPUs per blade[11]- achieving density that is unmatched in the industry.  This industry leading performance is paramount for power users in industries such as manufacturing, oil and gas, and finance who can now access their full desktop from any mobile device, anywhere, and anytime. 

 

Tomorrow’s data center will be measured by the success of the business to manage growth, accelerate change and empower employees.  HP BladeSystem is the foundation for success leading the industry with the most advanced blade infrastructure, next generation technologies and built-in intelligence for the software defined data center.  Only HP provides a future-proof, open architecture with the most extensive solution portfolio for server and client virtualization that delivers every step of the way on your path to the cloud. 

 

Get more HP BladeSystem info here: BladeSystem

Get more HP Client Virtualization here: Client_Virtualization

 



[1] Based on HP internal calculation as of Jan 2013.  Compared to HP6120XG with 240Gb of available up/down bandwidth vs. Mellanox SX1018 1360Gb available up/down bandwidth to equal 5.6 times more up/down bandwidth.

[2] Based on HP internal calculation as of Jan 2013.  Previous blade switch is a 1uS vs. Mellanox SX1018 is 250nS  1000/250 for a total of 4x faster.

[3] Based on HP analysis as of Jan 2013. 

[4] Based on analysis as of Jan 2013.  HP D2200sb storage blade allows up to 8 nodes per blade enclosure at 14.4 TB each, totalling 115.2TB of internal bladed storage for a storage pool cluster within a HP BladeSystem

[5] Based on HP internal calculations as of Jan 2013.  Waiting on substantiation from PM

[6]Based on HP internal calculations as of Jan 2013.  Compared with 3 DIMM per channel platforms with memory running at 1066 MHz vs. HP 3R 24Gb DIMM at 1333 MHz.

[7] Based on HP internal calculations as of Jan 2013. DAC cable to ToR ILP vs. Fiber Channel ILP

[8] Source: Workplace of the Future: A global market research report by Citrix: http://www.citrix.com/content/dam/citrix/en_us/documents/solutions/Mobile-Workstyles-Survey.pdf page 9

[9] Based on HP internal calculations as of Jan 2013.  Outfits 3X more NVIDIA Quadro 3000M graphics in the same HP c-Class enclosure space versus using WS460c Gen8 without expansion blade

[10] Based on HP internal calculations as of Jan 2012.  Versus WS460c Gen8 without expansion blade

[11]Based on HP internal calculations as of Jan 2013.  Outfits 3X more NVIDIA Quadro 3000M graphics in the same HP c-Class enclosure space versus using WS460c Gen8 without expansion blade

 

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