HP Moves Superdome to Blade Platform

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 28, 2010

Superdome 2, the first major upgrade to HP's Superdome system since it was launched a decade ago, is moving to a blade scale architecture. As mentioned in this PC World report, the move to a more standard blade design allows the system to be housed in a standard server rack using HP's 7000-series blade chassis. Customers will be able to manage the servers with the same tools they use for HP's other blade systems.

HP's Superdome 2, the first major upgrade to the Superdome system, is moving to a blade architecture.

"Moving to a common blade design should also help reduce HP's development costs, because it will be able to use technologies built for higher volume platforms. Intel has taken a similar route with some of its Itanium components.

"Superdome 2 won't be available until the second half of the year, and HP isn't saying much about pricing or configurations yet. It says it will be sold in eight- and 16-socket building blocks, and that the blade design will allow it to offer a starting price 40 percent lower than that of the original Superdome.

"The system has a new CrossBar Fabric that HP says improves resiliency by routing data intelligently between the servers and system I/O with redundancy. The fabric also lets customers scale CPUs and memory independent of I/O for applications that need it, according to HP."

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