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HP Delivers Faster ProLiant Blade Servers and High-performance Networking Switches
Increased Performance Capabilities Demonstrated in Industry BenchmarksPALO ALTO, CALIF., AUG. 6, 2003
HP (NYSE:HPQ) is now shipping faster processor upgrades across its line of HP ProLiant blade servers, offering customers increased performance and unparalleled investment protection. The company also introduced the next generation of its GbE2 Interconnect Switch, which delivers high-performance switching capabilities for HP ProLiant BL p-Class infrastructures.
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"Blade servers represent the future of traditional server technology, offering businesses more control and flexibility over their IT systems, ultimately improving efficiency, lowering cost and improving their ability to manage change," said Brad Anderson, vice president, HP Industry Standard Servers. "Blade servers are maturing rapidly and customer adoption is accelerating faster than many expected. HP was the first major vendor to introduce blade systems, and today's announcement demonstrates our continued leadership."
The HP ProLiant BL GbE2 Interconnect Switch is supported by a new 24-port Gigabit switch module designed by Nortel Networks (NYSE, TSX:NT) specifically for the HP ProLiant BL p-Class blade servers. The switch module is among the most advanced integrated blade system Ethernet switches available for customers who demand advanced network functionality and unparalleled investment protection in a user-friendly design. The advanced, high-speed switch module allows enterprises, service providers and telecommunications companies to build a high-performance, secure and scalable infrastructure.
HP ProLiant BL architectures allow rapid deployment, provisioning and re-provisioning of resources as demands change. Through the systems' built-in management and virtualization capabilities, businesses can efficiently adjust to demands and easily add, remove or re-deploy applications to different blade servers and storage resources.
In recent benchmarks, the faster HP ProLiant blade servers demonstrated increased performance capabilities without compromise over traditional designs.
The HP ProLiant BL40p blade server recently posted a Microsoft® Exchange 2000 Benchmark result of 13,500 MMB2, making it the first four-processor blade to achieve this result.(1) The MMB2 benchmark simulates the type of workload seen by customers as they increasingly rely on messaging services deployed in today's corporate e-mail environments.
The second-generation HP ProLiant BL10e server showed a peak performance advantage of 64 percent over its previous generation with the WebBench™ 5.0 benchmark from PC Magazine.(2)
In the rapidly growing market for alternatives to rack-mounted systems, HP is the only major vendor shipping the latest generation 3.06 533-MHz processor blade technologies and is the only major vendor shipping four-processor blade servers -- providing customers with the latest in processor technology and maximum investment protection. HP holds 55 percent market share in IA-32 blade server revenues in the United States for the first calendar quarter of 2003.(3)
HP has shipped well more than 30,000 blades worldwide, as customers realize the advantages of installing HP blade servers.
The Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) recently replaced three full racks of servers with a single rack of HP ProLiant BL20p blade servers to reduce operating costs, save valuable data center space and allow for future growth.
"GBMC is planning on using HP blade servers to run all of our mission-critical applications in the future," said Mike Hebrank, chief information officer, GBMC. "Blade servers provide us with additional value through their compelling cost-savings potential."
Additional information about the extensive HP ProLiant blade server portfolio is available at http://www.hp.com/go/blades.
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(2) The performance investigation between the first and second-generation HP ProLiant BL10e blade servers used the ecommerce_cgi_win2k script for WebBench 5.0 from Ziff Davis Media, Inc. The second-generation ProLiant BL10e was configured with a 1-GHz ULV Pentium M, 1,024 MB of PC2100 memory and a single 40-GB ATA/100 hard drive. The benchmark was performed without independent verification by the VeriTest testing division of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. ("VeriTest") or Ziff Davis Media Inc. and neither Ziff Davis Media Inc. nor VeriTest make any representations or warranties as to the result of the test.
(3) Gartner Servers Quarterly Statistics United States--Database, published May 29, 2003.
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