Hewlett Packard has launched the latest addition to its blade server family, and claims to have reached the 100,000-unit sales milestone.
The new addition, HP ProLiant BL30p, is claimed to be the densest ever two-way processor blade server, available with the AMD Opteron and Intel Itanium chipsets.
Phil McLean, UK industry standard server product marketing manager at HP, said: "It has taken two years since its launch to reach this milestone.
"It took seven years to sell one million units of the first instance of our industry-standard server, so taken in that context we've seen dramatic growth."
The ProLiant BL30p is offered at an estimated starting price of £1,290.
"The BL30p is for customers looking to consolidate a distributed server system [of towers or racks], not only on the hardware side but to run more applications per server," said McLean.
But IDC senior research analyst Daniel Fleischer pointed out that non-European sales had made up the lion's share of that milestone figure, and that it will take at least another four years for the market to mature.
"I would have expected the [European blade] market to pick up much faster," he said. "But there have been a number of issues over the past couple of years holding it back that are basically associated with the economic downturn."
Fleischer added that it was unclear whether there is enough demand for such levels of server density. "I have reservations about whether this product is necessary or not," he said.
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