HP today announced that it has shipped its one millionth blade server demonstrating its strong leadership position in the server market's fastest growing segment. According to IDC, HP continues to be the leader in revenue and shipments for the blade market due to grow 45 percent in 20081.
Thomas Meyer, VP IDC EMEA Systems Research states that "blades have developed into a mature technology in the datacenter. When asking IT decision makers for the main reasons for investments in blades, they cite reliability, scalability, manageability and TCO/ROI as the top 4 reasons. At the same time, the improvements in features and functions, combo solutions including servers and storage as well as improvements in the software stack drive the blade proposition further downstream, making it increasingly viable for SMBs."
More and more small, midsized and large enterprises choose HP BladeSystem c-Class servers to help reduce costs, save time, speed change and improve energy efficiency.
With less energy usage than traditional rack servers, HP blade servers can save up to 47.9 percent2 compared to traditional 1U rack mount servers. HP's innovative Thermal Logic technology enables accurate monitoring and control, and the ability to pool, share and allocate the right amount of power and cooling to match customer demands.
Building on its "blade everything" strategy, HP recently introduced the Integrity NonStop NB50000c BladeSystem, the ProLiant BL2x220c and the ProLiant BL260c demonstrating unique innovation leadership.
Supporting high transaction volumes and real-time response capabilities in a cost-effective design, the Integrity NonStop NB50000c BladeSystem is an ideal replacement platform for mainframe applications.
The ProLiant BL2x220c G5 enables customers to double compute power and significantly reduce data center space requirements. The BL2x220c is the world's first double blade designed specifically for the High Performance Computing (HPC) market, combining two independent servers in a single blade. It delivers 60 percent better performance per watt than similar configurations on the market3 and minimizes cooling and power costs.
The ProLiant BL260c server blade offers the lowest cost and the best performance per watt in the industry. It offers a 64 percent better performance/watt4 and costs 20 percent less than any other 2P server blade in the market5. The BL260c is the world's most affordable, power efficient 2P server blade.
Wolfgang Wittmer, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Storage and Servers, EMEA: "The BladeSystem portfolio is designed to help customers tackle their infrastructure problems. This milestone does not come as a surprise, as HP continues to reign supreme in revenue and shipments for the sizzling blade market. We look forward to shipping our next million blades."
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HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers - from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $110.4 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com