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Rounding out the Portfolio

By John Fruehe - Director of Product Marketing for Server/Workstation products at AMD


Back in March, when we introduced the AMD Opteron™ 6100 Series processor (formerly code named “Magny-Cours”), HP introduced the new HP ProLiant G7 servers.  Three new dual socket servers came to market at that time, the 1U ProLiant DL165, the 1U scale-out SL165z and the 2U DL385 servers.


The obvious question, especially in light of AMD’s efforts to kill the “4P tax”, was “where are the 4P and blade products?”  Well, the wait is over. 


Now available from HP are the following products:


HP ProLiant DL585 G7 – This 4P platform delivers the performance and scalability that you need for high end enterprise applications, but it does so with a value never seen before in this space.  48 DIMM slots deliver a massive memory expandability that lets customers with high end applications scale to very large memory footprints without having to resort to using the higher-priced 8GB DIMMs.  Customers can expand to 192GB with the lower priced 4GB DIMMs, thereby creating a flexible platform suitable for virtualization, database, business applications or other critical systems that need a combination of horsepower and expandability.


HP ProLiant BL465c G7 – Combining both the smart plug hard drives of the BL465c G6 and the 16 DIMM sockets of the BL495c G6 blades, this new single blade plays double duty and provides a high amount of flexibility in a single server.  One of the coolest features is the innovative new drive carrier that allows for two drives to be accessed from a single drive bay on the front of the server.  Somewhere, a mechanical engineer is smiling at this new, creative solution to bringing storage and density together.  Combine this with two 10Gb/s Ethernet controllers on each blade and you have a great platform for virtualization or other high-bandwidth applications.


HP ProLiant BL685c G7 – Imagine needing the density that requires a blade solution, but also needing the performance and scalability of a 4P solution. This unique combination of needs can be solved with the latest HP G7 4P blade.  It’s slim, and it’s powerful.  Featuring up to four AMD Opteron™ 6100 Series processors, this blade combines the density of an HP blade solution with the punch of a 4P server – without breaking the bank. With up to 32 DIMMs and four 10Gb/s Ethernet controllers, a converged infrastructure that relies on virtualization and needs flexibility is going to be attracted to these blades like a moth to a flame.  A really, really powerful flame that provides the fabric for the next generation of enterprise applications.


All of these products are available now from HP, rounding out their portfolio and bringing their customers a complete, flexible set of AMD Opteron processor-based solutions that can help them build out a converged infrastructure.


We’ve been saying for a long time that 2010 looks like an interesting year and we’re happy to report that the excitement we felt as we were developing the platform continues to grow as we see our partners bringing these products to market. Congratulations to all of the folks who worked so hard at HP to deliver some of the most innovative products to market. 


John Fruehe is the Director of Product Marketing for Server/Workstation products at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.


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