Hewlett-Packard Co. has launched a blade chassis for mid-sized companies, following in the footsteps of IBM's BladeCenter S, which Big Blue pre-announced in June.
The new BladeSystem c3000, codenamed "Shorty" and which Techworld reporters have previewed, is aimed at smaller technology sites, branch offices and remote locations. According to HP, implementation requires no special power, cooling or staff.
It accepts up to eight blades and other peripherals, which are identical to those accepted by HP's larger, enterprise-level BladeSystem c7000. On the c3000 however, power supplies and other common components are scaled down to suit the smaller loads that the c3000 will encounter. For example there are only six fans. Unlike the c7000, it sports a DVD-ROM drive that can be allocated to any server blade, which product manager Peter Mansell said was more appropriate for smaller or branch office environments.
HP calculates that the breakeven point is between three to five server blades, compared to buying discrete servers.
There'll be a tower version of the c3000 available in the first quarter of 2008 with the same features, occupying two square feet of floor space. There'll also be a castor-mounted version at some point, said Mansell.
The UK price is #2,200 and it will ship from today.