What's new from: HP, Asus, Sun, Intel, IBM

What's new from: HP, Asus, Sun, Intel, IBM

HP ProLiant BL10e G2

HP has released the ProLiant BL10e G2 maximum density blade server for scale-out solutions. According to the company, the ProLiant BL e-Class blade enclosure provides redundant, hot-plug power and cooling to all installed BL10e server blades. In each blade enclosure is the ProLiant BL e-Class Integrated Administrator for remote power control and remote console access to all installed server blades. The unit features a 900MHz processor and a standard memory of 512MB (maximum memory of 1GB) along with ultra-low voltage Intel Pentium M 1GHz processor with 1MB on-die cache. The product is distributed in Australia by Tech Pacific, Ingram Micro, Dicker Data and Avnet Partner Solutions. RRP: $3395.

Asus Server System

Asus has released a range of entry-level and high-end Server System solutions. According to the company, businesses in Australia will benefit from the Asus System Web-based Management (ASWM), an application that remotely monitors and manages a server and upgrades the system. In addition to ASWM, key features of the Server System solutions included remote Web-based control, fast system diagnosis and clear status information, the company said. The product is distributed in Australia by Cassa. RRP: Starting from $5999.

Sun Fire V2Oz

The Sun Fire V20z server is the first in a new line of AMD Opteron-based servers from Sun and is designed for the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) market. According to Sun, the V20z has dual processors that allow businesses to maintain existing x86 infrastructure and 32-bit applications while enabling migration to next-generation 64-bit software environments. The x86-64-bit architecture was 45 per cent faster than comparable 32-bit systems, delivered twice the memory capacity and up to three times the memory bandwidth of existing x86 32-bit servers, the company said. The Sun Fire V20z also offers flexibility and choice through certification for multiple operating systems, including Windows 2000 and 2003 Server and Solaris. Delivering high performance, reliability and scalability in an ultra-dense, rack-optimised form, the Sun Fire V20z was ideal for Web or application hosting, high performance compute grids, offsite/remote server installations, database workloads and corporate data centres, the company said. The Sun Fire V20z is available now through Alstom IT. RRP: Starting price is $4655.

Intel Xeon

Intel’s new Xeon processor-based platform and associated products and technologies for its Intel Xeon processor family boost performance, memory and graphics capabilities for workstation platforms. Server platforms based on the new Intel Xeon processor and other new technologies will be available from system manufacturers in the coming months, based on their validation schedules, according to the company. The new Intel processor-based workstation platform, which features an advanced Intel Xeon processor and a more powerful chipset, boosts performance by up to 30 per cent over previous generations and also help reduce power consumption and total cost of ownership. Through a stable of technologies such as DDR2 memory, PCI Express2, a faster 800MHz system bus, Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology and more, new platforms based on the Intel Xeon processor line offered faster memory support, improved graphics performance, extended memory addressability and improved power management, the company said. At the heart of the new platform was an advanced Intel Xeon processor, built on Intel’s 90-nanometre manufacturing process, which took advantage of Intel Hyper-Threading technology, and a new chipset optimised for workstation platforms, the company said.

IBM eServer p5

IBM has introduced eServer p5 systems, a line of Unix and Linux servers that use Power5 microprocessors and micro-partitioning, an IBM Virtualisation Engine technology to achieve computing performance and reduced costs for a range of business and scientific applications. The p5 systems, based on the Power 5 microprocessor, gave clients choices of implementing different solutions — ranging from a two-way server to a 16-way server, the company said. The eServer p5 Unix systems were designed to enable clients to run multiple (up to 10) virtual servers or micro-partitions on a single microprocessor letting it do the work traditionally done by many. The eServer p5 systems allow for server consolidation and mixed workloads on a single system by giving businesses the capability to run multiple different operating systems simultaneously. IBM said the AIX 5L V5.3 operating system also enabled clients to reduce costs by taking advantage of mainframe inspired characteristics in reliability, scalability and business continuity. The Power5 microprocessor features 276 million transistors per processor, and is manufactured with IBM’s 0.13-micron copper wiring and SOI (Silicon-on-Insulator) technologies. The p5 systems can simultaneously support AIX 5L V5.2, the new AIX 5L V5.3, or Linux on Power distributions in separate dynamic partitions, all on the same system. RRP: The new IBM eServer p5-520 system has a starting price of about $26,000. The IBM eServer p5-550 begins around $45,000. The IBM eServer p5-570 is $53,100 and the IBM eServer p5-570 Express starts at $59,000. The eServer p5 and eServer i5 systems will be available next month through IBM, its business partners and distributors.

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