HP to release new blade server
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) has announced plans to release a new blade server that will offer four times the virtual desktops compared to the company's earlier offerings. This is achieved by using graphics processors to deliver the virtual desktops, as well as through an additional virtualization layer over the GPUs. The latter makes it possible to further expand the number of virtual clients that can be deployed per server.
According to John Gromala, director of product marketing for Industry Standard Servers and Software at HP, the additional virtual desktops deployed represent a cost reduction of 60 percent. HP also says it is working with Nvidia to deliver even more virtual clients, though details are not available.
In this instance, the HP ProLiant WS460c Gen 8 blade will harness the parallel processing capabilities of graphic processors to enable the delivery of high-definition images to virtual clients, reports Computerworld. The server is capable of up to eight graphics processors, and can accommodate the Nvidia Quadro 3000M, 1000M, 500M, as well as the Quadro 6000, 5000 graphics processors
The GPUs will be capable of remotely executing specific multimedia and engineering applications faster than CPUs. Each blade system supports either Citrix or VMware GPU pass-through technology, courtesy of collaboration between Nvidia and the virtualization vendors for integration into the respective hypervisor.