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Egenera Overhauls BladeFrame

Egenera took the wraps off its latest server, the BladeFrame EX, today, and also unveiled a deal with Emerson Network Power to cool its new blade technology. But for some users, the upgrade's pricing may be a freeze-out.

The BladeFrame EX sports a series of new control blades, which increase the basic connectivity of each server to sixteen 1-Gbit/s Ethernet ports. This is double the number offered on the EXs predecessor, the BladeFrame EP. The BladeFrame’s EX interconnect fabric has also been doubled, from 5 to 10 Gbit/s.

Compared to the BladeFrame EP, Egenera is claiming a 230 percent boost in SAN performance, although this figure is based on internal tests.

According to Egenera, the EX and the EP have the same price tag -- around $200,000 for an entry-level configuration. But EP users planning to upgrade to the EX are looking at a hefty upgrade cost of just over $100,000 to get the new controllers and software added to their exiting box.

Not surprisingly, execs tell Byte & Switch that the firm may "end of life" the EP as soon as a quarter from now, although the product will be supported for five more years.

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