New Hitachi Compute Blade Servers for Virtualized Infrastructures

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation has expanded its Hitachi Compute Systems portfolio with the addition of the new Hitachi Compute Blade 500, a high-density 6U rack mount blade server system with a chassis that supports up to 8 server blades with associated I/O and management hardware.

According to Hitachi Data Systems, the new blade server is the first Hitachi Data Systems product to incorporate the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600. The open, flexible architecture and high-performance, high-availability features of Hitachi Compute Blade 500 make it an ideal platform for virtualized infrastructures and demanding cloud applications.

Hitachi Compute Blade 500 features native logical partition (LPAR) technology implemented in firmware. LPAR technology is typically associated with more expensive high-end enterprise platforms and is a reflection of the extensive experience and mainframe heritage of Hitachi Data Systems.

"Hitachi Compute Blade 500 is a further step in our server strategy to help customers reduce integration efforts and accelerate time to production for critical applications," said Roberto Basilio, vice president, Infrastructure Platforms Product Management, Hitachi Data Systems. "Tight integration with Hitachi Data Systems storage and industry-standard data networking systems together with connection to common data center management frameworks speeds deployment and reduces total cost of ownership. We are already working with major software vendors to develop converged data center solutions with Hitachi Compute Blade 500 that will deliver added value, optimized performance and predictable scalability."

Hitachi Compute Blade 500 introduces a new embedded 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch designed to increase scalability and enhance virtual machine (VM) mobility, further simplifying management and significantly reducing operational overhead of virtualized blade server environments. The new switch has a non-blocking, cut-through architecture for industry-leading performance and ultra-low latency, and dual speed (1Gbps/10Gbps) capable external ports.

The open, high-performance and flexible architecture of Hitachi Compute Blade 500 allows the system to be easily configured for a mix of virtualized applications and converged platform solutions. Server resources can be dynamically reallocated to match workload changes, and high levels of availability are achieved through features such as redundancy, hot-swap and automated cold standby failover.

This article was originally published on April 16, 2012
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