Compaq rolls out server blades

Compaq Computer Corp. Monday launched the first tier of its high-density, blade server line for businesses, the ProLiant BL e-Class, code-named QuickBlade.

Blade servers can be densely stacked in racks and were initially designed for Web hosting firms and other IT service providers that need to fit a large number of servers in their data centers. Each server blade has a single Intel Corp. ultralow-voltage processor and a fixed hard disk drive. Compaq is also planning to launch two more tiers of blades.

Compaq said 280 of its blade servers can fit into a standard 42U rack. (One U equals 1.75 in.) Pricing for a single ProLiant blade server starts at US$1,799; 10-packs of blades start at $17,091.

In conjunction with the launch of its blade servers, Compaq also rolled out management software, ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack, which it says will "significantly reduce the time, resources and costs associated with large-scale server deployment in ultradense data centers."

Hewlett-Packard Co. launched its first blade server in December, while RLX Technologies Inc. in The Woodlands, Texas, launched its second-generation blade server.

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