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Chuck Klein's Take on the Blades Lab Visit at HP Blades Tech Day (#hpbladesday)

By Chuck Klein

Afternoon was the time for the Summit attendees to visit the HP blades lab. Jim Singer was our tour guide and went though much of the technology around the power, cooling, blades, interconnect, and storage associated with blades. Two of the attendees were pretty familiar with HP BladeSystem. Martin MacLoeod, Blade Watch
http://www.bladewatch.com/ and Kevin Houston, Blades Made Simple http://bladesmadesimple.com/, both had worked with HP blades  and knew the details. For others this was a whole new world. Jim Singer and Gary Thome reviewed the design considerations of the power supplies, the 21 patents on our cooling fans, and how the chassis actively managed the blades infrastructure. He reviewed how, what and why it  was designed in from the start, why is was built in such a way, and what advantages that provided data center managers when utilizing blades for their infrastructure.

Leslie Gillette's favorite blade is the BL2x220c that combines 2 servers into a single half-height slot. Kevin indicated that none of the other blade vendors have such a blade density. It is used in a lot of compute intensive applications such as super computing applications and for digital rendering such as Weta for the movie, Avatar. Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat http://blog.fosketts.net/ , wanted to know what considerations are taken into account when designing a new blade for the chassis. Gary and Jim went over the consideration of the design needs for power, for memory, what applications it would address, space considerations for features such as disk drives and mezzanine cards. All these go into the product requirements and a timeframe. Then engineering, manufacturing, procurement, etc. respond with what is possible. Then the negotiations begin.

I did ask Kevin Houston if he was seeing a lot of demand for Solid State Drives. He felt they were still too expensive for general applications and that they were only being used for very specific needs.  That's all for now.

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