Hewlett-Packard (HP) intends to "blade everything" with its next-generation blade server architecture - and plans to offer IBM blade users incentives to switch. The HP BladeSystem c-Class box has features designed to ease data center challenges such as systems management and power and cooling. It replaces the company's existing BladeSystem p-Class, which HP said it will support until 2012.
HP claims the new blade system can give a 46 percent saving, on purchase, installation and facilities costs, over HP's rack-mounted systems. The new 17-inch box, which supports server, storage and client blades, is the foundation of HP's new strategy to "blade everything," said Ann Livermore, executive vice president of HP's technology solutions group.
On the management side, HP has integrated its Insight Control Management software with the BladeSystem infrastructure to help administrators manage physical and virtual servers, storage, networking, and power and cooling through a single console. The software aims to simplify provisioning, recovery, patching and migration between physical and virtual servers.