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Selling Points

Top Competitive Selling Points for BladeCenter HS12
(As of December 3, 2012)

The HS12 is a uni-processor blade that provides the same high- availability features as the HS22, but at a lower price. It is the perfect companion for BladeCenter S in the SMB market.

With the BladeCenter HS12, IBM delivers:

  • Excellent performance for single -threaded applications. HP, Dell, Fujitsu, Cisco, and Oracle do not offer single-socket Xeon blades.
  • Extreme storage flexibility with the option to support two internal fixed SATA drives or two hot-plug SAS drives. The optional Storage and I/O Expansion Blade is available if more internal storage is needed and the HS12 also supports iSCSI, SAS, or Fibre Channel SANs externally.
  • Interchangeability that allows customers to put the HS12 in any BladeCenter chassis. HP has different blades for each of its chassis: c-Class, p-Class, and c-Class carrier-grade.
  • An emphasis on energy efficiency with support for low-voltage processors and solid state drives. IBM’s Power Configurator helps customers plan their power usage and IBM Active Energy Manager is available to help manage energy consumption over the life of the blades. Both tools are available at no charge.
  • Many of the same features as the HS22 blade, but with support for a single processor socket to keep costs low.
  • A wide range of interconnect options, including a two-port Fibre Channel card, a two-port Gigabit Ethernet card, an optional iSCSI expansion card for low-cost storage, and connection to up to four high-speed fabrics, including 4X InfiniBand.
  • A highly available design suitable for enterprise datacenter solutions. The HS12 is designed with redundant connections on each blade and a redundant path to the midplane in each chassis to avoid a single point of failure.
  • Superior systems-management tools using a unified interface (IBM Systems Director).
  • A strong IBM BladeCenter Alliance Program.

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