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Selling Points

Top Competitive Selling Points for BladeCenter HX5
(As of December 5, 2014)

The HX5, which extends the eX5 architecture into a bladed format, is a scalable, high-performance blade server with unprecedented compute and memory performance.
  • The HX5 features the eX5 Architecture, the fifth generation of mainframe-inspired Enterprise X-Architecture technology, delivering breakthrough performance and high availability using Intel ten-core Xeon “Westmere-EX” processors.
  • The HX5 was designed around four primary workloads: database servers, server consolidation using virtualization services, modeling and simulation, and ERP (application and database) servers.
  • The HX5 supports energy-efficient 1.35V DIMMs that consume 15% less power than 1.5V DIMMs. That allows for 20-30% more performance in the same power envelope.
  • The two-socket HX5 can be converted to a four-socket server simply by connecting two HX5s together through the scale connector. In four-socket form, the HX5 has on average 2.3x greater performance than the competition’s two-socket server.
  • MAX5 allows the HX5 to support quadruple the memory capacity of many competing two-socket servers, up to 40 DIMMs for an HX5 and a MAX5, pushing the limits of virtualization with the ability to deploy the maximum number of virtual machines supported by VMware. Memory bound VMware customers can also save over $10K in licensing fees with a memory–rich, two-socket server over the competition’s four-socket server.
  • The eX5 architecture offers three levels of memory protection for maintaining maximum memory integrity – Chipkill, redundant bit steering, and memory mirroring.
  • VMware comes preloaded on an optional USB flash drive, allowing the HX5 to operate in a diskless configuration. The result is a smaller memory footprint, extremely high performance, and enhanced security.
  • FlexNode partitioning with Automatic Node Failover allows one four-socket HX5 blade to run applications by day on two two-socket blades and run batch jobs by night on a single four-socket blade, all without manually reconfiguring the blade. Systems Director can dynamically make the configuration change. One of the benefits of this strategy is that when running on a two-socket server, software licensing costs are often less than the cost of running on a four-socket server.
  • Two 1.8-inch storage bays per node support solid-state drives. Solid-state drives 1) have more than twice the MTBF of conventional drives, 2) are optimized for mirroring, and 3) reduce power consumption by over 87% compared to conventional drives.
  • The HX5 supports the Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA) that allows splitting a two-port 10 Gb/s Ethernet card into up to eight ports per card in increments of 100 Mb/s and in a flexible fashion. This is done at the hardware level and does not need hypervisor or OS awareness. VFA provides multiple virtual ports and protocols (Ethernet, FCoE, and iSCSI) from a single port. Intelligent failover is initiated if any of the uplink ports fail.
  • The eX5 Lab Services help clients leverage the HX5 by delivering free skills transfer and hands-on training.
  • Workload Optimized Solutions deliver tested and proven solutions for data management, smart business solutions, and database engine models.
  • Systems Director provides automated image deployment and pre-configured server identity.
  • The price/performance of the HX5 is superior to Itanium-based entry and midrange blades due to the technology and the ability to support eight-core Xeon processors (Itanium is currently only available as quad-core processors). In most configurations, the HX5 will deliver over twice the performance of an Itanium-based blade, and a three-year TCO as low as a third of the Itanium blade.
  • Enhanced Predictive Failure Analysis helps identify a troubled component before it actually fails. An easy, tool-less design, combined with Light-Path Diagnostics, quickly leads technicians to the specific component that needs to be replaced.
  • Calibrated Vectored Cooling helps keep internal components cool for optimum performance and greater longevity.

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