Product of the Day: Egenera BladeFrame
Egenera Inc., the leader in next-generation datacenter infrastructure, today announced that it has received a multi-system order for its Egenera BladeFrame from JPMorgan Chase. The BladeFrame units are being deployed as the first hardware platform in JPMorgan's grid computing initiative, "Compute Backbone."
Compute Backbone is a cost-effective, adaptable infrastructure that makes CPU capacity available as a centralized, shared network service by pooling and isolating processing resources for compute-intensive applications.
"Across our engagements with world-class companies, it is clear that the BladeFrame is the right solution at the right time," said Debbie Miller, president and CEO, Egenera. "With IT budgets flat or shrinking, and application requirements on the rise, the only way to spend more on development is to spend less on infrastructure. The Egenera system delivers better functionality than proprietary Unix platforms at less than half the cost."
The Egenera BladeFrame assembles purpose-built hardware and virtualization software in a fully integrated platform. Key attributes of this breakthrough system include:
Server Virtualization: An essential element of Compute Backbone is the ability to automatically allocate processing nodes across applications based on immediate business priorities. The BladeFrame's diskless architecture and virtualization software create the industry's only stateless computing resource, enabling a datacenter to dynamically allocate any node to any application in minutes.
Price/performance: By leveraging the Linux® operating system and Intel® processors in a mainframe-class system, Egenera delivers the only architecture to make Lintel viable for high-end datacenters. This price/performance equation lowers TCO and creates a powerful competitive advantage.
Scalability: Egenera's use of a blade form factor enables a system administrator to replace a failed node by simply sliding a new module into the chassis. Egenera PAN Manager' software then automates server configuration to virtually eliminate system administration requirements. Adding capacity to the BladeFrame is equally effortless.
The Egenera BladeFrame, with its Processing Area Network (PAN) architecture, assembles purpose-built hardware and virtualization software in a fully integrated computing platform that enables enterprise-class datacenters to achieve savings, optimize availability and drive market agility. The BladeFrame combines the reliability and manageability of a mainframe, the scalability of distributed computing and the price/performance of commodity components to deliver the only processing architecture to make Lintel viable for mission-critical applications. Leveraging the Red Hat® Linux operating system, the BladeFrame creates a pool of up to 96 Intel Xeon processors on 24 Egenera Processing Blade resources that are deployed entirely through Egenera PAN Manager software. Processing power can be dynamically increased, decreased and reallocated to support new applications or accommodate variable demand on existing applications without purchasing, installing or managing incremental equipment.
Egenera has delivered tomorrow's datacenter today by integrating hardware, software, networking and services into simple, yet powerful machines. Privately held, the Company has assembled a senior management team and engineering staff with an average 20-plus years' experience working with the industry's foremost providers and users of enterprise-class hardware and software systems. This collective technical, customer and business experience uniquely positions Egenera to reinvent datacenter computing. Relationships with EMC, Intel, Oracle and Red Hat, among others, further strengthen the value proposition. Headquartered in Marlboro, Mass., Egenera has offices in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington D.C. For details, visit www.egenera.com, send email to email@example.com or call 508-858-2600.
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