HP to Run Newest AMD Dual Cores in Servers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-08-15 Print this article Print

Hewlett-Packard, which has a history of using both AMD and Intel chips, continues to maintain its neutrality.

Hewlett-Packard announced Aug. 15 that its portfolio of servers and server blades now will include a number of models powered by Advanced Micro Devices new Opteron dual-core processors. The Opteron-powered HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem servers are designed to use less electrical power and require less cooling due to their advanced architecture, an HP spokesperson said. The servers will incorporate AMD Opteron 2000 and 8000 Series processors, DDR2 (double-data-rate 2) memory technology and small form factor disk drives. AMD is counting on the updated version of its Opteron chip to set the pace for its server business in the coming months. IBM on Aug. 1 was the first major server vendor to announce that it would produce servers powered by the AMD Opteron dual-core microprocessors.
HP, based in Palo Alto, Calif., isnt worried about playing both sides of the microprocessor fence, since it also is going to be the first OEM customer for AMD rival Intels new Core 2 Duo chips. Intel CEO Paul Otellini confirmed that sales note during the July 27 launch of the Core 2 Duo.
HP is the No. 1 vendor of x86 servers worldwide and the leading provider of AMD Opteron processor-based server and blade systems, according to IDG (International Data Group), a research firm based in Boston. Click here to read more about HPs plans for servers of the future. One analyst said he thought HP ought to be more specific about how the new servers will best fit into the market. "By comparison [to IBMs Opteron announcement], I find the HP announcement a bit thin," Charles King of Pund-IT, in Hayward, Calif., told eWEEK.com. "The IBM announcement drew a careful map of where Opteron fits in the companys larger strategy and detailed new markets where the systems would be an ideal fit. Aside from the references to Opterons popularity as a virtualization platform for Wall Street firms and the new systems power-friendliness, HP is content to sketch the value of these new solutions in broader terms. That seems to detract from the benefits that the new Opteron processors should offer to both HP and its customers," King said. The HP servers will use small form factor SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) disk drives, eliminating the need for customers to make multiple drive transitions. The new drives consume half the power of larger models, the HP spokesperson said. The new x86 processor-based HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem servers featuring the Next-Generation AMD Opteron processors include the HP ProLiant DL385 G2 and DL585 G2 rack-optimized servers and the HP ProLiant BL25p G2, BL45p G2, BL465c and BL685c server blades. The BL465c and BL685c server blades are HPs first AMD Opteron processor-based platforms for its c-Class blade architecture, announced on June 14. In addition, the new BL685c is the BladeSystem c-Class version and sister product of the industrys best-selling 4P blade, the BL45p. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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