HP BladeSystem c3000
Designed for SMBs or those with distributed environments, the HP BladeSystem c3000 enclosure comes in rack or tower versions. It has been built to withstand small or harsh environments not usually suitable for servers and storage. With 110/220V power that plugs right into the wall, standard UPS power backup and straightforward networking, the c3000 enclosure is an all-in-one device. The vendor aims to make blades more affordable for distributed use by combining the c3000 enclosure with BL260c Blade servers. The two-processor, multi-core BL260c combines energy efficient compute power and high density with sufficient memory and Input/Output to support the full range of SMB or remote site applications. It also supports Intel's newest Xeon 5400 and 5200 series processors and Intel's uP processors. All c-class Blades such as the BL260c are compatible with the c3000 enclosure.
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RRP: BL260c - from $2199; HP BladeSystem c3000 - from $7000
VMware Lifecycle Manager
VMware Lifecycle Manager allows customers to implement a consistent, automated workflow for provisioning, operating and decommissioning virtual machines. The vendor claims this improves efficiency and productivity and ensures strict corporate compliance with company policies. When set up, the Lifecycle Manager starts with a user making a request for a virtual machine. Each request is then routed for approval within the organisation. Once approved, the virtual machine is deployed automatically - the Lifecycle Manager has all required information about what resources the machine needs. This level of intelligence eliminates potential manual errors as virtual machines are deployed to a pre-defined and approved location. Virtual machines can also be placed into a decommission process to archive and ultimately delete the virtual machine when it's no longer needed. VMware Lifecycle Manager allows customers to employ standards and best practices for tracking and managing virtual machine deployment and use, reduce costs by eliminating manual and repetitive administrative tasks through automation, and prevent virtual machine sprawl and ensure corporate IT compliance.
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RRP: $934 per processor
Sun Fire X4140
Powered by AMD's Opteron 2200 and 2300 processor series, the Sun Fire X4140 server is a two-socket, eightcore, 1RU system with up to twice the memory capacity, internal storage and networking connectivity of competitive two-socket 1RU servers. With more than 1TB of high-performance internal disk storage, Sun claims it can boost performance in virtualisation, across horizontal databases and other disk-intensive applications. The X4140 runs on Solaris 10, Linux and Windows. In conjunction with Solaris 10 Containers and VMware, the server can consolidate multiple applications on a single platform. Running Solaris also gives administrators dynamic tracing functionality, process rights management and predictive self-healing capabilities. Sun's Integrated Lights Out Manager allows remote management, video and media redirection, SNMP v1, V2c, V3 for system monitoring and IPMI 2.0 compliance for management and control. According to the vendor, the X4140 is designed for seamless upgradeability from AMD Opteron dual-core to quad-core within the same power and thermal infrastructure, reducing equipment churn and acquisition costs.
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RRP: from $2835