HP Flexes Virtual I/O Muscle

Arthur Cole

IT managers are quickly finding out that increased virtualization puts a lot of pressure on physical network infrastructures. In fact, an entire industry has emerged around the growing concept of I/O virtualization to help ensure networks can handle the increased traffic.


Now, HP has dipped its toe into these waters with the Virtual Connect Flex-10 Ethernet module capable of allocating 10 GbE connectivity across four network interface cards (NICs). The device allows you to allocate bandwidth across the network according to application needs, eliminating the need to over-provision 1 GbE or 10 GbE network capacity to ensure performance of peak loads.


The system is being built into the ProLiant BL495c blade to allow it to support up to 24 NIC connections. The company claims it can shave up to 240 watts from a single BladeSystem enclosure-about 3,150 kW per year.


The module lists for just over $12,000.

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