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Appro Debuts HyperBlade Mid-Cluster Solution

Server maker Appro will demonstrate its new HyperBlade Mid-Cluster designed to work with a standard 19-in. rack cabinet at ClusterWorld in San Jose, Calif., this week.

The product is a scalable solution aimed at customers who want to continue with a standard 19-in. rack cabinet but have footprint concerns in the data center. Appro HyperBlade Mid-Cluster supports up to 50 HyperBlade servers in a standard 42U cabinet. It contains five sub-racks stacked in a row, housing 10 servers in each sub-rack. Each HyperBlade is an independent server, with its own processors, memory, storage, network controllers, operating system and applications. A variety of configuration options are available: SAN, NAS-based storage, high-speed Interconnect, BladeDome remote management tool and a choice of Linux or Windows operating systems.

Appro HyperBlade Mid-Cluster sub-rack supports 10-HyperBlades in each sub-rack, has an integrated power strip for compute blade direct connections and a blade locking mechanism. HyperBlade servers run on dual AMD Opteron, dual Intel Xeon, dual Intel Itanium 2 or single Intel Pentium 4 processors. They support up to 16-GB ECC, DDR memory, 500-GB local storage and one PCI-X card slot.