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HP BladeSystem

Future-proof your business with the ultimate Converged Infrastructure with the latest end-to-end performance and technology innovations. Together, the industry’s most intelligent infrastructure and comprehensive software-defined management, deliver unprecedented insight into your data center to ensure continuous business uptime. HP BladeSystem is architected for any workload from client to cloud.

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Most extensive portfolio in the industry

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HP BladeSystem platinum enclosure

Integrating next generation technologies in a modular design helps protect blade server investments and IT infrastructure. The new HP BladeSystem c7000 platinum enclosure delivers the most advanced architecture with the highest performance yet. The latest end-to-end performance advancements include:

  • 56 Gb FDR InfiniBand for fastest connectivity
  • 40 Gb Ethernet for high performance, low latency
  • 16 Gb Fibre channel-ready with superior scalability
HP Server Blades

Accelerate the performance of your virtualized environment

Support all your applications on BladeSystem with the broadest portfolio of HP ProLiant server blades including the industry's best selling HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8. Building on this foundation of HP ProLiant solutions, the next wave of ProLiant Gen8 innovations are designed to accelerate performance of your virtualized environment and deliver the intelligence necessary to optimize the effectiveness of your data center. HP Server blades are designed for virtualization from the ground up, delivering more memory and superior networking capability for virtualized environments and compute intensive application workloads.

HP Virtual Connect

Simplify virtual operations with wire-once simplicity

HP Virtual Connect simplifies and converges your server edge connections, making server changes transparent to storage and networks, and delivering four times the number of connections per physical network link. Virtual Connect enables you to dynamically optimize and control bandwidth using fewer physical ports for the same performance while reducing server edge infrastructure. HP Virtual Connect 4.10 firmware now offers support for IPv6 management, SR-IOV and Auto deployment for POD environments.

New 40Gb Ethernet and 16Gb Fibre Channel Blade Switches

The HP 6125XLG Ethernet Blade Switch is the next generation blade switching technology for data center environments that delivers a feature-rich, high-performance, and low-latency 10/40GbE switch. HP 6125XLG provides a converged fabric solution that supports Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and iSCSI protocols.

The Brocade 16Gb SAN Switch for HP BladeSystem c-Class represents the next generation of embedded Fibre Channel switches with 16 Gb/s performance delivering state-of-the-art zero-footprint design while lowering cost through shared power and cooling, fewer cables and SFPs and a reduction in space.

World's fastest ethernet blade switch

40 Gb downlinks to each blade server enables InfiniBand-like performance in the world's fastest Ethernet blade switch. In another industry first, the low-latency HP SX1018 Ethernet switch provides the lowest port-to-port latency of any blade switch, more than four times faster than previous switches.  2

Industry's leading Client Virtualization portfolio

The HP BladeSystem solution can now scale from the task worker to the high-end workstation user, delivering a new level of user experience and productivity. The new HP ProLiant WS460c Gen8 server blade is the first and only to provide multiple virtualized graphics cards with 8 GPUs per blade delivering 4 times increase in user density and 60% lower cost.  3

  1. IDC white paper sponsored by HP, "Business Value of Blade Infrastructures", #227508R2, December 2012
  2. Based on HP internal calculation as of Jan 2013. (Previous blade switch has a 1uS latency vs. Mellanox SX1018 is 250nS latency = 1000/250 for a total of 4x faster).
  3. Based on HP internal calculations as of Jan 2013. Outfits 3X more NVIDIA Quadro 3000M graphics in the same HP c-Class enclosure space versus using WS460c Gen8 without expansion blade. 60% - Versus WS460c Gen8 without expansion blade.
HP BladeSystem Enclosures

HP BladeSystem Enclosures

Maximize every hour, watt, and dollar with innovative and market-leading enclosures that significantly reduce cost of ownership over traditional blade server infrastructures.

Server Blades

Server Blades

Whether a small business or the largest enterprise firm, meet your blade server needs with innovative technology, numerous interconnect alternatives, multiple redundant features, and much more.

Virtual Connect & Networking

Virtual Connect & Networking

Save time, dramatically reduce costs and simplify connections by consolidating network connections and enabling administrators to add, replace and recover blade server resources on-the-fly.

Blade server storage


Unite the tools, processes and architecture of blade server storage and networking to speed time and take costs out today and keep them out tomorrow.

HP BladeSystem technology

Infrastructure Management & Services

Reach the business goals that led you to choose HP BladeSystem technology in the first place: more computing capacity in less space and using less power with simpler cabling.

Put the power of one
in your data center

HP BladeSystem with HP OneView. One system and management platform. More efficient, faster and more reliable.

Gain the insights of 87 of your peers. Learn why they chose blade servers, as reported by IDG Research Services.

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Behold, the power of one.

Why hamper your efficiency, visibility, and performance with all those complex systems in your data center ? Now you can have a single, tightly integrated HP BladeSystem that works with your existing environment. Plus, you can manage it with one, easy-to-use tool.

  • 23% lower cost*
  • 23% faster server deployment*
  • 3X faster problem resolution*

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Blades reduce operating expenses by 64%

IDC says blades save money because they are more efficient in terms of management, monitoring, and provisioning.

HP OneView yields 388% ROI for financial giant

See how the company used its HP software-defined solution and HP OneView management to achieve a remarkable five-year ROI of 388%.


HP OneView: Consumer design, enterprise functionality

With an unprecedented ease of use, you can deploy and manage your HP BladeSystem environment faster, at lower cost, and with maximized productivity at any scale with
HP OneView.

Frost&Sullivan award

HP OneView is the 2013 recipient of Frost & Sullivan's “New Product Innovation of the Year” award.

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HP OneView features include:

  • 3-D Thermal Map
    Instantly track your power and cooling usage with color-coded mapping.
  • Map View
    Troubleshoot and fix issues with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Smart Search
    Locate and know the status of any device in your data center in seconds.
  • Activity Feed
    Get instant notifications so you can take action now.

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HP BladeSystem -
Your ultimate
Converged Infrastructure

Are your blade servers intelligent enough to outsmart the competition? Smart enough to reduce data center costs up to 68%*? Deliver 30%* more performance? Reduce downtime by 90%*? That's what you get with HP BladeSystem—the world’s most intelligent blade server infrastructure, engineered to drive your applications without compromise.

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HP BladeSystem with HP OneView

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HP BladeSystem can save you 68% in TCO*

IDC calculates the business impact of HP BladeSystem intelligence. See how a more efficient data center keeps you ahead of demand.

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Gartner Blade Servers Magic Quadrant

Most extensive portfolio in the industry

Latest Gartner Blade Servers Magic Quadrant
positions HP as a Leader

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HP ActiveAnswers solutions

HP ActiveAnswers solutions

ActiveAnswers applications help you configure, size, performance analyze and utilize HP products and solutions.

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HP Converged Systems

HP Converged Systems

Simplify and extend your blade server infrastructure by integrating hardware, software and services into turnkey systems to harness the full potential of virtualization, cloud and next generation applications.

HP Factory Express

HP Factory Express

Flexible, pre-priced, configured, customized and integrated factory solutions and deployment services that deliver cost, time and resource savings.

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  1. IDC white paper sponsored by HP, "Business Value of Blade Infrastructures", #227508R2, December 2012

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Spotlight on innovation

HP BladeSystem is the ultimate converged infrastructure engineered with built in intelligence to maximize every hour, watt, and dollar. Watch this three part video series to learn more about how HP BladeSystem can help you simplify and automate your IT infrastructure and reduce total IT cost.

HP Virtual Connect

The simplest way to converge and connect

HP Virtual Connect provides the world's first wire-once interconnect solution for virtualized and cloud-ready environments. Virtualize your LAN or SAN connections at the server edge for simplicity, flexibility and mobility.

NOW AVAILABLE Virtual Connect 4.10

  • IPv6 management support
  • SR-IOV support for direct attach to VMs
  • Auto-deployment for POD environments

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HP ProLiant Gen8 servers

Customer-driven innovation

Application performance, uptime and server health insight are top of mind concerns in every IT infrastructure. The ability to continuously analyze thousands of system parameters to optimize performance will change the way you manage your servers - and transform the economics of your data center. Built with over 150 design innovations, ProLiant Gen8 servers help eliminate common tasks and problems that can cause downtime and data loss. Innovations include:

Look for an HP partner

HP has a comprehensive suite of partners specializing in a variety of services. If you need to find a particular type of HP partner, please use the links below:

Systems Integrators (SIs)

HP's relationship with leading system integrators and advisory firms deepens and broadens the HP solution portfolio and industry capabilities.

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Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)

HP expands the diversity of our offerings and the ability to deliver relevant client offerings through our strategic relationships with leading software vendors.

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Proactive Insight Architecture Alliance

Proactive Insight Architecture Alliance

ProActive Insight architecture is more than a design or even a transforming design philosophy. It's also the alignment of over 900 patents, over 150 customer innovations and an alliance of the world's top hardware and software technology providers allied to transform the server experience.

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Customer spotlight

Watch how HP BladeSystem provided these customers with a highly reliable, change-ready system architecture as the foundation for their data centers, which easily scales with business growth, reduces management and hardware complexity, and decreases operating costs.

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See how HP technology has helped real customers meet the growing demand of doing
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“ Overall, we found the ProLiant BL660c Gen8 Server Blade offering 4-socket capabilities in a full height, single wide blade form factor, gives us a high level of density and performance that is not comparable anywhere else in the industry. We're also able to achieve significant savings due to space and power reductions, which we expect will payback our investment in less than 3 months. ” Read more

Stacey Squire

ICT Infrastructure Manager
RCR Tomlinson Ltd. (APJ)

“ We chose the new 4-socket HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 Server Blade, based on the best balance of reliability, memory capacity, manageability, and a compact form factor. We've already seen a 25% performance boost compared to our existing platforms. With the huge memory capacity of the ProLiant BL660c Gen8 Server Blade, Vital-IT will be able to tackle the more demanding workloads needed to support SIB's vision to shape the future of life sciences through excellence in bioinformatics. ” Read more

Roberto Fabbretti

Head of Vital-IT Infrastructure
SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (EMEA)

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HP BladeSystem part 1 - Maximized for every hour and dollar

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HP BladeSystem part 3 - Best for virtualization

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The Power of One

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