Hitachi Announces Hitachi Compute Blade 500 with Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors and embedded 10 Gig Ethernet Switch

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Last month Intel announced their latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 with the ability to deliver up to 80% improved performance, new integrated I/O with PCI Express (that can triple the movement of data in and out of the processors), and improved performance per/watt of over 50% gain on SPEC power.

Today Hitachi and Hitachi Data Systems announces the new Hitachi Compute Blade 500, which incorporates the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600. The Hitachi Compute Blade 500 is a high-density 6U rack mount blade server system with a chassis that supports up to 8 server blades with associated I/O and management hardware. It can also scale deep through the use of native logical partition (LPAR) technology implemented in firmware. Hitachi supplies the only x86 servers that can provide LPARs similar to those available in more expensive UNIX and mainframe systems for high availability and scalability. The Hitachi Compute Blade 500 supports the co-existence of its native LPAR capability with different software hypervisors in the same chassis.

Another unique feature of the Hitachi Compute Blade 500 is the introduction of a state-of-the-art embedded 10Gbps Ethernet Fabric switch module, designed to increase scalability and enhance virtual machine (VM) mobility, further simplifying management and reducing operational overhead of virtualized blade server environments. This new switch—which we OEM from Brocade—has non-blocking, cut-through architecture for performance, low latency and dual speed (1Gbps/10Gbps) capable external ports. The Brocade VDX 6746 Switch enables Hitachi CB500 to support flexible connectivity options for cloud architectures, including lossless Ethernet fabrics.  VDX 6746 provides CB500 customers the choice to enhance their hierarchical network architectures, deploy flatter scale-out fabrics or converge networks when deploying virtualization and cloud IT infrastructures. It also supports the convergence of SAN and LAN with conventional Ethernet, FCoE and the new DCB (Data Center Bridging) protocol.

The performance, availability and scalability of the Hitachi Compute Blade 500 with the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 and embedded 10Gig Ethernet switch make it the perfect platform for tier 1 virtual server applications.

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