Penguin Computing last week rolled out its first blade server, a Linux-based system aimed at the high-performance computing space and the enterprise.
Penguins BladeRunner is powered by two low-voltage Xeon chips from Intel and offers such features as redundant power and fans. The 4U (7-inch) chassis can hold up to 12 BladeRunner servers. Officials said the system is ideal for server consolidation but can also be packaged with the Scyld Beowulf cluster management operating system to create a "cluster in a box."
Each blade has two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and a PCI-X card for networking or Fibre Channel. In addition, an integrated management and control module provides monitoring of the chassis and blades.
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