HP has launched its first blade server series based on open-industry standards.
The blade servers help organisations add flexible server capacity and Internet functionality more easily by providing a compact form factor.
The servers are essentially computers on a board that work within a pre-cabled NEBS Level-3 compliant chassis.
This reduces the need for complex wiring, providing faster time-to-deployment and management, according to HP. Its series includes server, storage, appliance, network, switch and management blades and is supported by HP Openview.
The products currently run on Linux versions from Red Hat, Debian and SuSe, but HP-UX and Microsoft Windows operating systems will be available later this quarter.
Street pricing for the products start at $US1925 for a server blade or $US7525 for a server chassis with one management blade. HP has also announced its blade server alliance program to boost third-party blade solution development.