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Blade Hacks: How to Check Fibre Channel (FC) Error From a Blade Server

Today's handy blade hack comes from one of our customers' blogs, azana-afyza.com.

His steps were:

Step 1: remote login , using ILO

Step 2: restart server , press ‘Ctrl Q’

Step 3: check the following …

From here you can predict whether the FC is funtional or not.

Go here to get all the screen shots.

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Learn the fastest way to migrate to virtual machines

On Wednesday, HP will show off some of our latest tools to make server migration faster and easier than ever before.  If you'd like to attend online and learn a few new tricks, you better hurry!  Just go here to register and select "First Time User" in the upper right-hand corner.

Come back and tell others what you thought about the demos!

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Are you in a Virtual Server Tsunami?

Every where I turn, I keep hearing about virtual sprawl. Is the sky falling or not?  Here's a sample of a few thoughts from different folks on the subject.

In the chicken little category, we have:
TPM at the Register
Arthur Cole at ITBusinessEdge

And playing for the virtual sprawl skeptics:
Lori MacVittie at f5

What do you think? Leave a comment or take a 2 second poll.

Blade Hacks: Capture all your configuration settings at once

Learn how to capture all of a c7000 enclosure and server blade configuration settings.  Get things like firmware revisions,  switch settings, similar to what the hpux script “sysinfo” would collect.

Get the BladeSystem CLI guide and check out the "show all" command and others on pages 41-48.


Is this the future of blades?

I ran across this video this morning and it sparked a thought.  How far will modularity go in server infrastructure? Blade servers in their current form may be just the beginning of huge of evolution.  This reminds me a lot of some far-out thoughts about the future from HP's George Daniels a few years ago.  How's that for cutting edge!

PS. You can stop this video at about 30 seconds and you'll get the point, there isn't a big surpise ending.  Just trying to save you a minute of your life. ;-)

Labels: blade servers

BladeSystem Supercomputers

The latest Top 500 supercomputer list just got released.  BladeSystem c-Class was well represented once again.  With 201 entries (40.2%) of the top 500, it has the most entries of any product line.  The ever popular ProLiant BL460c made up the most entries, but we also had strong showings of the BL465c and the two-in-one blade the BL2x220c, and the BL685c 4-way blade made a showing as well.  BladeSystem supercomputers are used for university and government research, weather modeling, semiconductor development, automotive, telecom, IT services, web infrastructure, financial services, rendering, and many other applications.  I'm sure Dell was excited with their new blades line as well.  Since they like to compare their blades with HP BladeSystem, I thought I would share how the two compared on the Top500 list:

  • HP BladeSystem had 199 more entries in the top 500 list than Dell's new blades

  • HP had 39.8% more share than Dell's new blades (40.2% vs. 0.4%)

  • HP had 100.5 times more entries than Dell's new blades

Dell's new blades accounted for two entries.  Congratulations Dell! 

Okay enough of these comparisons.  We're excited to see so many customers from Audi to Zeta and lots of customers in between using BladeSystem.  If you would like to see a listing of companies building supercomputers with BladeSystem, go check out the top 500 website listing and sort by vendor.

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