February 6, 2004

Aspen Systems unveils new dual blade server

Author: Chris Preimesberger

Aspen Systems, Inc., best known for its Beowulf Linux cluster systems, this week introduced the Xeon-based Glacier Dual Blade Server System. The 14-unit blade system delivers equivalent performance and capabilities to a rack server but with easier installation, service, and management, the company said.

Aspen√Ęs newest product offers easier networking and storage expansion due to dual integrated network environment support and internal and external storage expansion capabilities, the company said. The blade server platform has built-in redundancy for every component. Administrators can mix and match a variety of blades in the same shelf.

No tools or expertise are required to add, remove or replace a new blade in the system, and there are no cables to disconnect. The compute blade connects to the server chassis and other components through a midplane. This midplane replaces an average of nine cables typically required in rack and pedestal server configurations, eliminating excessive cables.

Individual blades are managed locally or anywhere on a network, using the Intel Server Management Module SBCECMM with integrated chassis-level system management and a KVM switch. The Server Management Module, integrated into the Intel Server Chassis SBCE, simplifies the management of all 14 server blades in a single chassis, the company said.

"The Glacier Dual Xeon Blade Server System has 14 dual processor server blades in a 7U chassis. That is twice the density of rack-mounted servers," said Aspen vice-president Tom Leinberger. "This system allows you to be more productive with fewer resources, and reduces the overall infrastructure and support costs."

The system architecture includes:

  • 7U Chassis supports up to 14 individual blades, each ultra-thin blade consist of processors, memory, and storage options
  • Dual Intel Xeon processors running at 2.67 GHz, 2.8 GHz, and future speeds
  • Dual integrated network environment support
  • Internal and external storage expansion capabilities
  • Integrated Chassis-level system management and KVM switch for compute blade configuration, control and status

Aspen Systems is based in Wheat Ridge, Colo.


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