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HDS Touting Ideal Platform for Virtualised Infrastructures

F.Y. Teng | April 16, 2012
New Hitachi Compute Blade 500 server line will run latest Intel Xeon processor, the E5-2600.

Hitachi Data Systems Corp. (HDS, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.), announced on Monday (April 16, 2012) that it had rolled out a brand new series of servers, the Hitachi Compute Blade 500. Touted as "an ideal platform for virtualised infratructures and demanding cloud applications" by HDS executives, the new blade server boasts the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600, along with a host of "open, flexible architecture and high-performance, high-availability features."

Some of its winning qualities below.
* A high-density 6U rack mount blade server system with a chassis that supports up to eight server blades.
* Native logical partition (LPAR) technology, which usually comes with high end platforms.
* Support for the co-existence of native LPAR capabilities and different software hypervisors in the same chassis-which by default delivers increased efficiencies and flexibility in data centres.
* An embedded 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch-featuring "industry leading performance and ultra-low latency, and dual speed (1Gbps/10Gbps) capable external ports"-primed to offer enterprises increased scalability and enhanced virtual machine mobility, which ultimately simplifies management and reduces operational overheads associated with running virtualised blade server environments.
* Easy configuration of environments with "a mix of virtualised applications and converged platform solutions."

According to HDS executives, the new line, aside from being just new blade servers, marks an expansion of its portfolio of systems for enterprise infrastructure.

 "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...Tight integration with Hitachi Data Systems storage and industry-standard data networking systems together with connection to common data centre management frameworks speeds deployment and reduces total cost of ownership," said ," said Vice President of Infrastructure Platforms Product Management at HDS Roberto Basilio. "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."

Specifically referencing the Hitachi Compute Systems family of servers, HDS executives said that they "are ideal servers upon which to build converged data centre solutions- [which includes] HDS storage, compute and industry-standard data networking systems. "The seamless management integration of converged data centre solutions from HDS lets applications be deployed faster and with more predictability," they said. "This integration also creates operational efficiencies that can reduce costs and improve centralised management of enterprise application implementations. New converged data centre solutions that feature Hitachi Compute Blade 500 will be made available in the coming months."

Pricing information on the Hitachi Compute Blade 500 and its related products has not been released at press time.


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