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HP adds servers to Scalable System line: News in brief

Hewlett-Packard’s SL6500 chassis for "hyperscale" data centers can now be outfitted with four new servers.

HP adds four servers to SL6500 line
Hewlett-Packard Co.'s ProLiant Scalable System designed for "hyperscale" and high-performance computing (HPC) environments gets four new servers for its SL6500 chassis: the SL160 G6, the SL165 G7; the SL335s G7; and the SL390s G7. Like their counterparts the ProLiant DL160 and DL165, the SL160 and SL165 are two-socket server "workhorses" based on Intel Corp. Xeon 5600 and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) Opteron 6100 series processors, respectively. The SL160 offers 18 dual inline memory module (DIMM) slots, while the SL165 has 24, and both offer two PCIe Gen 2 slots. Up to four of these models can fit the 4U SL65000 chassis. The new half-width SL390 G7 comes in 1U, 2U and 4U configurations, and offers up to two Intel Xeon 5600s, 12 DIMM slots, two 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, one 10 GbE port, and an optional InfiniBand port. In addition, the 2U and 4U configurations each support three and eight Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs), respectively. Finally, the SL335s G7 is the first AMD-based member of the SL6500 family, and targets environments requiring balanced performance such as dedicated hosting. It features two AMD Opteron 4000 processors, 12 DIMM slots, and up to four hard disk drives. All models are available now.

SGI Altix supports 256 Microsoft Windows Server cores
The SGI Altix UV server can now scale Windows Server 2008 R2 to 256 physical cores and 2 TB of memory, the company said this week. Running on standard Intel Xeon 7500 processors, Altix UV with Windows Server 2008 is designed to run workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, or resource-intensive data warehousing and data mining.

HP lab supports sustainable data center technologies
HP opened a new 50,000-square-foot data center in Fort Collins, Colo., that it will use to research and develop sustainable data center technologies. Today, about 60% of a data center's energy consumption goes to facility equipment such as computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units, compared with just 40% for IT infrastructure, said Doug Oathout, HP’s vice president for green IT.

HP’s goal is to reduce the amount of energy sucked up by facilities so that more can flow to IT infrastructure. At the new center, HP will explore technologies like fine-grained sensors, (as used in HP’s Data Center Smart Grid); power and cooling microgrids, including the use of air- and water-side economizers; and improved real-time control systems. Data centers that use these technologies effectively devote 80% or more of their energy consumption to running IT equipment.

Modius updates data center monitoring tool
The newly released version 3.5 of Modius OpenData data center monitoring and management claims improved capacity management and the ability to implement chargeback for power and cooling. New user-defined device tags should let customers analyze data center energy usage and capacity based on flexible groupings such as individual racks, rows, zones or customers. OpenData 3.5 also includes new data analysis and visualization capabilities, including several new reports, plus an update to the Web Services Interface, for federating data and unifying operations with other management tools.

Active Power offers lifetime warranty on flywheel UPS line
Active Power will begin offering a lifetime warranty on any of its flywheel CleanSource uninterruptible power supply (UPS) line purchased on or after April 1, 2011. This warranty covers repair labor and parts on systems that have been maintained in accordance with the Active Power’s specifications.

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