HP to bring out beefier blade servers

Hewlett-Packard has started taking orders for a new class of blade servers that pack more processing power into the compact blade casing than its previous systems.

HP will start shipping its ProLiant BL20p server at the end of September with up to two Intel Corp. Pentium III processors per blade. The servers will also ship with dual SCSI (small computer system interface) drives, up to 4G bytes of memory and up to 144G bytes of storage capacity, said Sally Stevens, marketing director for HP's density-optimized servers. One server with a single 1.4GHz chip and 512M bytes of memory will start at US$2,539.

HP first announced the systems earlier this year, saying they would help round out their blade lineup. The servers will fit into a 6U (10.5 inches) chassis that has eight slots for the servers and 2 slots for other components such as switches or redundant interconnects, Stevens said. HP already sells lower-end blade servers with less powerful processors as well as a line of blade servers aimed at telecommunications companies.

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