Compaq has detailed its strategy and roadmap for the next generation of its ProLiant server range, concentrating on adaptability.
The firm is also following its prospective merger partner Hewlett Packard (HP) by unveiling its new ProLiant BL blade server range, previously codenamed Quickblade.
"There are four main elements of adaptive infrastructure: virtual presence and control, automated system provision, dynamic resource scaling, and intelligent fault resilience," said Iain Stephen, Intel server business manager at Compaq UK.
The first of these allows remote management and is already available as Compaq Insight Manager which can, for instance, allow remote access over GSM from an iPAQ handheld computer.
A partnership with Alteris to use its provisioning tool enables server blades in a rack to be allocated in a plug-and-play fashion and redeployed as needs change.
Version 2 of Compaq's Resource Partition Manager will allow more server resource grouping and partitioning flexibility as needed, while fault resilience will move from warning of failure to more self-diagnostic, self-healing features including allocating spare online memory.
While Stephen talked of being able to scale down when demand dropped, he stopped short of saying that Compaq would then allow an equipment or software cost reduction.
But Tony Lock, senior analyst with Bloor Research, believes this is the key to convincing customers. "Over-provisioning hardware and only paying for it when you start to use it isn't new. But if Compaq allows the ability to switch off and stop paying as well it would help make purchase a no-brainer," he said.
The first of the ProLiant BL Server series models, to ship in January, will be a rack-mounted 3U high shelf with up to 20 low-voltage 700MHz Pentium III blades, a 30Gb or 40Gb ATA hard drive and up to 1Gb memory, giving a capacity of around 200 blades in a standard 42U rack.
Late spring will see the arrival of a 6U high model with 12 1.4GHz Pentium III dual processor blades, a hot-pluggable 72Gb drive and 4Gb memory, while a four-processor model, probably using a Pentium 4 Xeon processor, will arrive in the second half of the year.
Compaq's ProLiant Essentials Software, including Insight Manager and SmartStart at no cost plus a choice of Essentials Value Packs, will be delivered with each new ProLiant server starting with the BL blade server series.
Lock said that, while the HP and Compaq blade servers were operating in a similar ball park, Compaq's could be fitted in a standard rack. "There are a lot of 42U racks in the world," he explained. But HP's CompactPCI could win for low-power input/output.
Sun Microsystems has also announced plans to enter the blade server market. "It will be interesting to see this market late next year," said Lock.
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