Thicker Than a Blade, Smaller Than a 1U

How do you fit six two-way servers in three rack units?

Taking the next step in the evolutionary squeeze of the generic Linux server into smaller and smaller packages, Dell has packed the equivalent of six two-way 1U servers into a 3U blade enclosure.

The 1655MC, which looks like a thick blade in a box, supports one or two 1.266 GHz Pentium III processors, up to 2GB of SDRAM and one or two Ultra 320 SCSI drives. The chipset is a ServerWorks ServerSet LE30, and the 1655MC also has two integrated Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and a USB port.

The power comes at a price in space; RLX packs 24 of its thinner blade servers, sporting one Transmeta or Intel Pentium III processor and two laptop-style IDE drives each, into the same three rack units.

Dell's chassis, which accommodates six 1655MCs, has two hot-plug power supplies for 1+1 redundancy. It includes a built-in KVM switch, plus either one or two managed Ethernet switches.

The chassis with three 1655MCs installed will be priced competitively with three of Dell's comparable 1U servers, said Darrel Ward, senior product marketing manager for PowerEdge servers. "You have a cost crossover at the same size you have a space crossover", he said.

The target customer for the 1655MC will use them in a "value-minded, dense environment" such as a cluster or web farm, Ward added.

"We're including for the first time a deployment tool called Remote Install", he said. The tool will facilitate cloning large numbers of Linux boxes from a single master server.

Dell's Linux options for the 1655MC are Red Hat, Red Hat or Red Hat: customers can order it with 7.3, 8.0 or Advanced Server.

Don Marti is editor in chief of Linux Journal.

______________________

Comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Re: Thicker Than a Blade, Smaller Than a 1U

Anonymous's picture

Why is everyone still attaching disks to the blades? Surely some kind of central storage would be more appropriate?

Re: Thicker Than a Blade, Smaller Than a 1U

Anonymous's picture

The disks are there to get MSOFT booted up.

Re: Thicker Than a Blade, Smaller Than a 1U

Anonymous's picture

Nice but I think IBM's new blades HS20 give you 14 dual CPU servers with lots of options in a 7U and up to 84 servers in a three foot rack.

White Paper
Linux Management with Red Hat Satellite: Measuring Business Impact and ROI

Linux has become a key foundation for supporting today's rapidly growing IT environments. Linux is being used to deploy business applications and databases, trading on its reputation as a low-cost operating environment. For many IT organizations, Linux is a mainstay for deploying Web servers and has evolved from handling basic file, print, and utility workloads to running mission-critical applications and databases, physically, virtually, and in the cloud. As Linux grows in importance in terms of value to the business, managing Linux environments to high standards of service quality — availability, security, and performance — becomes an essential requirement for business success.

Learn More

Sponsored by Red Hat

White Paper
Private PaaS for the Agile Enterprise

If you already use virtualized infrastructure, you are well on your way to leveraging the power of the cloud. Virtualization offers the promise of limitless resources, but how do you manage that scalability when your DevOps team doesn’t scale? In today’s hypercompetitive markets, fast results can make a difference between leading the pack vs. obsolescence. Organizations need more benefits from cloud computing than just raw resources. They need agility, flexibility, convenience, ROI, and control.

Stackato private Platform-as-a-Service technology from ActiveState extends your private cloud infrastructure by creating a private PaaS to provide on-demand availability, flexibility, control, and ultimately, faster time-to-market for your enterprise.

Learn More

Sponsored by ActiveState