The new ProLiant BL495c is the world’s first virtualization blade designed specifically to eliminate such compromises. By increasing the memory footprint, I/O connections and network throughput while giving flexibility to easily grow storage capacity, the BL495c supports more virtual machines with better overall performance than any other two-processor blade.
Ganthier offers some striking comparisons: to match the memory footprint and network connections of a single BladeSystem with 16 BL495c virtualization blades, Dell would require customers to purchase double the blades, enclosures and network infrastructure. IBM would force organizations to buy four times the hardware.
“By supporting more virtual machines per blade,” says Ganthier, “IT teams can reduce network connection costs, lower hardware acquisition costs and get a much better return on their investment in virtual machine licenses.”
The BL495c offers near limitless shared storage expansion, and it’s the first HP server blade with solid-state hard drives for faster storage performance and better energy efficiency. With these features, businesses can deploy the BL495c as a standard virtualization platform that can duplicate the features of several different two-processor servers, eliminating the need to maintain multiple platforms.
“The BL495c is the most affordable and flexible server for hosting virtual machine environments,” Ganthier suggests. “It takes the benefits of virtualization to an entirely new level. Customers can reap dramatic and proven improvements in infrastructure efficiency, manageability and business value, allowing them to confidently move forward with their virtualization efforts.”