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Compaq Delivers the ProLiant BL e-Class Server Blades, the First Modular Server Architecture Designed for Adaptive Infrastructures
BL Line Joins Compaq's Broad Adaptive Infrastructure Offerings to Revolutionize
Delivering on its adaptive infrastructure strategy, Compaq Computer Corporation
Also announced today are the first new releases of the ProLiant Essentials software for ProLiant servers and the next generation 1U (one Unit) ProLiant DL360 server with Integrated Lights-Out capability (see accompanying announcement).
A key differentiator in Compaq's adaptive infrastructure blueprint is the ability to automate system provisioning and dynamically scale resources. Compaq is taking the first step in delivering this capability with the introduction of the ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack, which was designed in conjunction with the ProLiant BL Line, to significantly reduce the time, resources and costs associated with large-scale server deployments in ultra-dense data centers.
"Compaq is effecting a sea change in the data center with our adaptive infrastructure strategy. In a constantly changing business environment, we are addressing customers' needs for reduced costs, greater flexibility, and increased agility," said Mary McDowell, senior vice president and general manager, Compaq Industry Standard Server Group. "With the availability of the ProLiant BL e-Class, Compaq has taken a major stride in delivering a revolutionary server architecture that provides rapid provisioning and reprovisioning, and unsurpassed efficiency for front-end computing."
"At Starbucks, we have relied on Compaq ProLiant server technology for more than seven years because it has consistently addressed the rapidly changing needs of our business," said Kenneth Stringer, vice president, IT Global Shared Services for Starbucks. "Today, Compaq has done it again with the introduction of the Compaq ProLiant BL e-Class. Compaq's new blade architecture, with its new ultra-dense form factor and massive scalability, allows Starbucks to reduce the need to build larger data centers while at the same time allowing us to expand the life of our current resources at a significant cost avoidance. The innovative blade design is exactly what we needit's the right thing at the right time."
Delivering on the Adaptive Infrastructure Blueprint
The availability of the Compaq ProLiant BL e-Class blade servers marks the delivery of the first modular server architecture designed for adaptive computing. The ProLiant BL e-Class server blades provide power-efficient performance for front-end Web serving, utility serving, and as computational cluster nodes. The new ProLiant BL e-Class is based on a modular architecture consisting of:
Built on industry-standard technology, the ProLiant BL e-Class achieves new levels of efficiency and cost savings in the data center by balancing power, performance and space utilization. The result is an innovative new architecture that delivers flexible and highly adaptable infrastructure solutions that address customers' dynamic workloads, and enables them to reallocate resources based on demand, thus reducing idle computing cycles.
Compaq will continue to expand the multi-tiered ProLiant BL server portfolio throughout 2002 and beyond with future offerings such as robust, high-performance 2-way and 4-way blades for more demanding and complex enterprise applications.
End-to-End Solutions for Adaptive Infrastructures
In addition to Compaq's extensive array of existing ProLiant-based services, Compaq Global Services has integrated the Rapid Deployment Pack and the ProLiant BL e-Class into several new consultative offerings, which provide essential planning, design and implementation services for the new Compaq ProLiant BL server line and existing ProLiant ML/DL servers. Packaged lifecycle support solutions will also be delivered through CarePaq and CarePaq Priority Plans.
To ensure broader adaptability and protect customers' existing investments, Compaq is also working with ISV partners that provide automated provisioning tools for specialized applications or operating environments to develop and test new solutions for the ProLiant BL Line. By working with a broad array of partners such as Altiris, Ensim, Jareva, PlateSpin, TurboLinux, and Xevo, Compaq seeks to complement and extend its existing Compaq offerings with new solutions such as rapid provisioning and other value-added capabilities. F5 Networks and Compaq have also worked together to ensure seamless integration of robust load balancing capabilities for the ProLiant BL Line. The ProLiant BL e-Class is the first step in delivering a complete portfolio offering of power and performance for the enterprise.
Pricing and Availability
The Compaq ProLiant BL e-Class is available today. Pricing for a single ProLiant BL10e starts at $1,799; ten packs of blades start at $17,091. Compaq Global Services offering for the ProLiant BL e-Class starts at $49 for a warranty upgrade, and ranges to custom quoted lifecycle services and support options. For more information on the solutions announced today, please visit www.compaq.com/proliant/ble-class.
About Adaptive Infrastructure
In December 2001, Compaq announced its blueprint for adaptive infrastructure that enables organizations to adapt to changing market conditions, conserve valuable human and technology resources, and rapidly respond to their customers in a dynamic business environment. As a critical part of this blueprint, the new ProLiant BL e-Class, software and services enable customers to manage dynamic workloads, maximize compute cycles, adapt to change, and reallocate resources based on business needsnot on IT spending cyclesin multi-tiered environments.
Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation is a leading global provider of enterprise technology and solutions. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures and markets hardware, software, solutions and services, including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, and desktop and portable personal computers that are sold in more than 200 countries. Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at http://www.compaq.com.