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HP Adopts Egenera’s Widgetry

Since Egenera already supports Dell & Fujitsu blade server platforms, it’ll be represented on 70% of the blade systems out there

Egenera just scored a plum.

After a year of working on the deal, the company's latest PAN Manager software is going to be available on HP's BladeSystem c-class servers, the leader of the blade pack, creating what Egenera calls "the highest performance, most flexible platform" it's ever released.

Since Egenera already supports Dell and Fujitsu blade server platforms - as well as its own BladeFrames - its HP score means it'll be represented on 70% of the blade systems out there.

Be that as it may, PAN, which is based on Egenera's Processing Area Network concept, has been integrated with HP's multi-core Xeon-based blades and Egenera has leveraged HP's Virtual Connect FlexFabric module to produce a solution that promises a tenfold increase in throughput for PAN environments.

PAN's job is to combine the simplification benefits of unified computing with integrated high-availability and disaster-recovery services for physical and virtual servers.

It's supposed to reduce data center complexity by reducing the physical hardware needed - servers don't have to be dedicated to applications - and to converge the management. Users can build computing blocks with fewer point-software components, create a single resource pool, and wind up with more agility and scale. That drives down costs and provides multi-tenancy.

PAN is supposed to enable setup, provisioning and dynamic adaptation of complex network, storage and server resources in minutes in support of applications where business continuity is required. It's also supposed to be good at high-throughput workloads such as video-on-demand or high-frequency trading.

Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd, the research arm of Daiwa Securities, expects to use the new HP platform for private cloud deployments.

The widgetry will be move through the channel. The two companies will jointly sell when appropriate.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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