6/14/2004 - HP announced it is the first vendor to sell more than 100,000 blade servers, retaking the market share lead in the industry's fastest-growing server market segment.
HP also announced availability of the industry's densest two-processor blade server - the HP ProLiant BL30p - new blade customers, industry-leading performance benchmarks and product launch details, including both AMD OpteronTM processor and Intel® Itanium® processor-based blade servers.
"No other company has demonstrated a stronger commitment to helping businesses leverage industry-standard solutions in the increasingly popular blade market than HP," said James Mouton, vice president, platform division, Industry Standard Servers, HP. "Beyond the 100,000-unit milestone, HP is uniquely positioned to offer the systems, software, solutions and services customers need to best leverage blade architecture in an Adaptive Enterprise."
WhiteCross Systems, a leading business and customer intelligence solutions provider, was able to save time and money through consolidation of its existing 1,000 servers - comprising a mix of Sun and other proprietary systems - to roughly 300 HP ProLiant BL20p blades running Red Hat Linux.
"HP blade servers processed information 30 times faster than our existing proprietary systems - scanning up to 15 billion rows of data per second," said Roger Gaskell, development director, WhiteCross Systems. "This represented significantly higher performance levels than any of the competitive solutions which we evaluated."
WhiteCross extracts business-critical information from huge amounts of data to enable its customers to maximize revenue, minimize customer churn and identify new products and services. The HP blade server platform will increase the volume of data that can be processed in a much smaller timescale allowing the company to be more responsive to its clients' needs.
HP retakes top spot in worldwide blade server market
According to Gartner market share data for the first calendar quarter of 2004(1):
The Gartner report found blades to be the fastest growing segment of the server market. Blade servers are designed to facilitate systems management and offer customers greater flexibility through scale-out technology. As the vendor holding the top spot in this dynamic market segment, HP continues to develop the blade architecture and help customers achieve greater return on investment through industry-standard platforms.
Double-dense HP ProLiant blade server now available
Blades are an integral component of the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy to synchronize business and IT to better capitalize on change. Enterprise customers are increasingly adopting HP blades to lower data center costs and increase efficiency.
Now available, the HP ProLiant BL30p is the industry's densest two-processor blade server, providing large business customers a competitive edge by enabling more processing power per rack. The Intel XeonTM processor-based HP ProLiant BL30p conserves floor space by up to 67 percent and reduces cabling by up to 96 percent compared to a traditional 1U (1.75 inch) infrastructure.
HP drives blade growth with virtualization, Linux
HP and VMware offer customers packaged solutions for server virtualization based on HP ProLiant servers, which include VMware ESX Server, VMware VirtualCenter and HP Gold or Platinum Support. Now available on HP ProLiant BL20p blade servers, these solutions allow customers to increase server utilization, simplify management and lower costs, while at the same time providing a single point of contact for both hardware and operating system customer service support.
A key factor in HP ProLiant blade success is the industry-leading management tools built into every server, further enhanced through tight integration with partner software, including VMware's.
Building on HP's leading virtualization solutions and the industry's broadest blade server portfolio, HP offers ProLiant blade servers running Linux. With a Linux distribution, companies can expect to experience significant cost savings without compromising on performance or security. For example, customers migrating from a 48-processor Sun Solaris machine to 24 two-processor HP ProLiant blade servers running Linux using new technology called "cluster file systems" can create one large server that adds capacity on demand, scales performance efficiently and provides 100 percent redundancy and uptime at approximately 30 to 50 percent of the cost.
HP sets course for the future of blades
In the second half of 2004, HP plans to introduce an AMD Opteron-based blade server targeted at enterprise and high-performance computing markets, offering these customers even greater flexibility and choice.
HP also intends to introduce Itanium-based blade servers, providing customers with enhanced 64-bit performance and the broadest operating system support in the industry.
The addition of these new servers will build on the industry's largest offering of blade platforms, utilizing one-, two-, and four-way processors from multiple vendors including Intel and AMD.
Customers get better performance with HP blade servers
HP continues to drive technological leadership in blade technology, outperforming all other vendors in important industry benchmarks. Recently, the HP ProLiant BL20p earned the first ever PeopleSoft® Certified Performance Report on all blade servers and achieved impressive results for the PeopleSoft Enterprise CRM HelpDesk for HR 8.8 benchmark. Configured with the HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array 1000 and running Microsoft Windows® Server 2003 and Microsoft SQL Server 2000, the ProLiant BL20p blade server achieved 1,250 users with an average response time of 1.585 seconds.(2)
Additionally, on the Lotus Notes R6iNotes workload, the HP ProLiant BL20p achieved an industry-wide dual processor blade server price-to-performance ratio of $10.86 per user (or $12.80/NotesMark). These results represent a 35 percent performance increase over a similarly configured IBM eServer BladeCenter at less than one third of the cost per user. The R6iNotes workload was run to simulate 5,500 R6iNotes users against an IBM Lotus Domino 6.5 Server. The test ran seven hours during which the system under test achieved 4,666 NotesMark (transactions per minute) with an average response time of 0.199 seconds.(3)
Pricing and availability(4)
The dual-processor capable HP ProLiant BL30p with Xeon processors is available worldwide this month starting at an estimated U.S. price of $2,349.
A packaged solution including VMware ESX Server, VMware VirtualCenter and HP Gold or Platinum Support is now available in the United States and Canada on the ProLiant BL20p blade server, starting at $4,820.
Also, the complete VMware Virtual Infrastructure Node, which includes VMware ESX Server, Virtual SMP, VirtualCenter and VMotion with HP Gold or Platinum Support, on the HP blade chassis with eight dual-processor ProLiant BL20p servers, is available now in the United States and Canada starting at $49,376.
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2004, HP revenue totaled $76.8 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.
(1) Source: Gartner's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, May 2004.
(2) This PeopleSoft testing was sponsored by PeopleSoft, Inc., and HP. The PeopleSoft CRM HelpDesk for Human Resources 8.8 benchmark was developed and engineered by PeopleSoft.
(3) This Lotus NotesBench testing was sponsored by HP. The NotesBench benchmark was developed and engineered by Lotus Development Corporation. Testing took place at the HP Solutions Engineering laboratories in Nashua, N.H., in March 2004 and was audited by KMDS Technical Associates, Inc., in April 2004.
(4) Actual prices may vary.
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