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Oracle adds x86 Sun blade: News in brief

With the new Sun Blade X6275, Oracle showed it hasn't given up on its x86 server business. Plus: news on HP’s energy-efficient switches and Novell Cloud Manager.

Oracle refreshes Sun x86 blade module
Fresh off new SPARC server model announcements, Oracle announced a new x86 blade for its Sun Blade 6000 chassis. The new dual-socket, dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module is based on the Intel Xeon 5600 microprocessor, for up to 24 cores of compute power. It can be equipped with up to 192GB of DDR-3 low-voltage memory, and either 1GbE or 10GbE networking.

Further, optional Sun Flash Modules are designed to increase I/O performance, and they include hot-swappable power, cooling, and I/O to enhance availability and serviceability. The blade is optimized for Oracle VM and certified for the Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows Server 2008 operating systems.

HP ships first Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) switches
Hewlett-Packard said its new HP E-Series zl modules are the first shipping switch products to conform to the IEEE Energy Efficient Ethernet standard (IEEE 802.3az). The switches are designed to reduce the power consumption of networking devices by adjusting energy usage, based on real-time network traffic flows.

When no traffic is being transmitted, the E-Series zl switch automatically enters a sleep mode that uses less power, but it can quickly ramp up to full power usage when traffic resumes, HP said. In the future, HP plans to incorporate the EEE standard into other devices, including servers, laptops and wireless access points.

Novell Cloud Manager discovers existing assets
The new version of Novell’s workflow automation, orchestration and provisioning tool, Cloud Manager 1.2, adds automated discovery of virtual and physical assets, plus an Apple iPhone client.

Previously, virtual machines in Cloud Manager’s business service groups had to be created as such; now, Cloud Manager can automatically discover existing assets and map them to appropriate pools and policies. The tool can also resize resource allocations as appropriate. In addition, the mobile iPhone client allows Cloud Manager administrators to move through the provisioning workflow anytime and anywhere, while multi-currency support broadens the scope of the offering outside of the U.S.

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