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HP Sharpens Blade Lineup

Hewlett-Packard this week is introducing its first-ever PC blades. HP’s new bc1500 PC blades include an AMD Athlon 64 1500+ processor, a 40-Gbyte hard drive and standard XP support and licensing. They eventually will support Linux, said Tad Bodeman, director of Blade PC and Thin Client Solutions in HP’s Personal Systems Group.

After logging on to their systems via an HP thin client, users are automatically allocated a PC blade. That process helps companies improve security against data loss and viruses, Bodeman said.

About 280 blade PCs can fit on a standard rack, Bodeman said.

In volume, customers can expect to pay about $1,000 per seat for the PC blades. Pricing includes the enclosure, rack and software for management and networking, Bodeman said.

On the server side, HP offers its new Integrity BL60p Itanium 2-based blade model. With it, HP becomes the second server vendor after IBM to allow Windows, Linux and Unix server blades to be mixed in a single enclosure.

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