IBM Launched New Xeon Blade Server for BladeCenter Boxes

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Feb 24, 2010


With "gobs of memory and fast and small flash drives for storage", The Register says that the HS22V blade server will be available on March 19, with the base machine (a single 2.53 GHz E5540 processor, 6 GB of memory, and the Micro-SATA drive costs) for $3,289.


The new offering is designed to specifically to support virtualization hypervisors that run virtual Linux or Windows instances.

"The single-wide, full-height HS22V blade has 18 DDR3 main memory slots, meaning it can support up to 144 GB for a two-socket Xeon 5500 blade. The Xeon 5500, also known as the 'Gainestown' quad-core processor in the Nehalem-EP family of chips, was launched last March and is about to be refreshed with a six-core 'Westmere-EP' variant that should provide roughly 50 per cent more oomph. But IBM has to sell what is on the X64 truck today, and the HS22V will no doubt sport Westmere-EP processors (presumably to be called the Xeon 5600s) before too long to match its large main memory.

"This extra main memory, says IBM, allows the blade to support 50 per cent more virtual machines than the normal HS22 blades, which top out at 96 GB of main memory."

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