When evaluating industry standard solutions and specifically scale up x86 servers, consider the following tips to put your business in the position to win in the market.
The next generation of NonStop has arrived!
Is HP doubling down? You bet! Customers that run the world’s most demanding computing environments were sent a clear message today when HP announced that they were extending their BladeSystem family to include a quad-core system providing fault--tolerant availability and a standards-based architecture that scales capacity and performance.
HP said “now clients can upgrade from the dual-core Integrity BladeSystem with the NB54000c server for twice the performance in the same footprint!”
Jacob Van-Ewyk wrote a blog article earlier in the week about this award, but I thought it still valid enough to cover this achievement in another blog. To put it in perspective, this product was announced mid way through last year and so it's great to see that it has already made a big impact in the datacenter. I first started to write about this product during the RedHat summit in June 2010. The HP ProLiant DL980 got a lot of attention during the summit and from a hardware perspective; I really think it stole the show.
This past week I was one of the keynote speakers at a VMware customer event in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Besides the fun of heading back to an area I know well from my university days in Waterloo, it was also a chance to investigate and discuss the role of scale up virtualization in an x86 world.
With the advent of 8 socket servers with Xeon processors that have 8 cores per socket, you can now get systems like the HP DL980 G7 that support 64 cores is an Industry Standard Server. In the past, this was often the realm of scale up UNIX, Non-Stop, or mainframe types of servers.