Hewlett-Packard released a new Integrity server that delivers such a significant performance boost that you might as well call it big iron in a blade.
The Integrity BL870c uses the same form factor as current BladeSystem models, but packs four Itaniums rather than two and doubles the memory to 96 GB and 584 GB of internal disk storage. The company is also claiming a 25 percent reduction in power because the system delivers the same performance in two blades.
The device runs Windows Server 2003, HP-UX 11i, OpenVMS, Red Hat and SuSE Linux, although the sweet spot may be running Unix-class workloads, something that so far has been available only on blades in grid systems.
HP has also released the Solutions Block for Integrity system to help customers select the optimal configuration of the blade case and what software to load, and to come up with best practices for ERP, SOA and application integration tasks.