Now THAT's a blade! HP BL495c: 8 cores, dual 10GbE, 128GB RAM

Like most blades, HP's new BL495c G5 server blades have two processor sockets. Unlike most blades, they have two integrated 10GbE NICs, 16 DIMM slots for a max of 128GB of RAM, and two solid state drive bays.

Like most blades, HP's new BL495c G5 server blades have two processor sockets. Unlike most blades, they have two integrated 10GbE NICs, 16 DIMM slots for a max of 128GB of RAM, and two solid state drive bays. You can fit 8 of these things in 6U, or 16 of them in 10U. With dual quad-core processors, that could give you 128 cores and 2TB RAM in a 10U space!

More information is available in an InternetWeek article from Friday.

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Being at VMworld in San Francisco last year i was lucky enough to speak with a couple of vendors and talk to them about their virtualization platforms, its gonna be great as these virtualization products hit the street..


Hopefully we will even see a cheaper overall economy as people can spend less money on memory and more money on more boxes :)


/Rene Vester

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Good to see HP finally getting their Blades with 10GbE ports standard.  Besides the increased bandwidth, we're happy to see the memory bump too.  It's getting to where you can pack a ton of compute power into a chassis, it's just hard to cool it...  (wonders if he could warm his house with that kind of power...)  :)
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I recently got a new Dell m1000e chassis.  It can only do 64GB of RAM and the nic's aren't 10G (yet) but the switches can do 10g.  I'm pretty impressed so far, tons of improvments on the lights-out board and chassis management.   Its really interesting to see how well blade technology has evolved in the last couple years.  I used to be very anti-virtualization on blades, but now it's starting to make more sense.

 The thing that I'm just not sold on is power consumption.  The Dell chassis is really good so far at regulating power consumption and cooling based on work-load (so does the HP I'm sure) in relation to density, but it will take me a little longer to really compare the numbers against 2U servers.

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the servers support 10gb now but how about the Virtual Connect? your still limited to 1gb on the switch? has anyone heard how they are planning to accomplish that limitation? im not hearing any one talk about that?
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My question is will it all support FCoE.

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what vendor did the 10g chip?
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xilinx
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  I don't know, I spent quite a bit of time before ordering an IBM Bladecenter H, and we have been very happy with it. I have almost 60% of my environment currently virualized on it and I don't have any real I/O bottlenecks just running 1gig NIC's. I have the blades configured with 32gig and dual quads and they are running just great (SQL, app servers etc...)
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The NIC is a Broadcom N532i NIC
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