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HP Improves Management Of Blade Servers

Blade severs have become a platform of choice for many enterprises attempting to consolidate operations, but the resulting high-density installations can create their own management challenges. Leading blade vendors such as Hewlett-Packard are attempting to address those concerns with greater operational automation.

HP on Monday announced enhancements to its BladeSystem c-Class product line, including the extension of its Virtual Connection technology capabilities to be able to manage up to 1,600 bladed servers from a single console, allowing users to reduce operational cost and improve quality of service.

"HP's push to streamline IT operations is about more than a single or specific product," said Jim Ganthier, director of marketing for BladeSystem at HP, in an interview. "These kinds of improvements will make administrators and data center managers more comfortable in how they can treat their floor as a pool of resources that can be shifted up and down."

First introduced in February, HP's Virtual Connect technology allows users to pre-assign network and storage connections, and then add, move, replace, or upgrade those servers quickly.

As first introduced, Virtual Connect allowed the administrators to manage and control only one blade enclosure, or a platform with up to 16 blades. The new Enterprise Manager enables the management and control of up to 100 c-Class enclosures, or a total of up to 1,600 servers from a single console.

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