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Blade server employs Opteron processor

Posted: 08 Sep 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:blade server  Opteron processors  virtualisation 

Advanced Micro Devices announced that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors exclusively power the HP ProLiant BL495c virtualisation blade, the blade server designed specifically to eliminate performance bottlenecks for virtual server hosting. AMD says that there is a broad suite of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers from HP, ranging from blades to high-performance multi-processor platforms. Patrick Patla, general manager, Server and Workstation Business, AMD, said that the Opteron processor is shaping the direction of virtualisation with its Direct Connect Architecture and AMD Virtualisation technology.

"Customers can lower data centre costs with the BL495c by packing more virtual servers into each blade, which extends the useful life cycle of the data centre by saving floor space, power and cooling," said Mark Potter, vice president and general manager, BladeSystem, HP. He claimed that BL495c redefined server blades for virtualisation through its memory architecture, I/O and storage innovations, and by matching scalability and efficiency of Opteron processors.

Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers utilise AMD-V technology with Rapid Virtualisation Indexing. AMD said that Rapid Virtualisation Indexing is the industry's only x86 virtualisation technology that includes hardware support for a second level of address translation, allowing virtual machines to more directly manage memory, which can reduce latency and thereby improve performance across many virtualised applications.

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