HP targets scalable system at web providers

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With the growth of web and cloud applications, service providers are a big market to go after when it comes to hardware.

With this in mind, HP has today launched its latest platform to entice companies who need to provide large-scale application service delivery.

The HP Proliant SL6500 Scalable System, shipping from today, is a four rack unit with space for up to eight nodes. The main focus is one of scalability, which Mark Potter, senior vice president and general manager of Industry Standard Servers, claimed to be a major issue for service providers.

"Efficiency and scale are critically important to them," he said during a presentation at a HP launch event in Barcelona.

"They have to start small and grow to massive levels... [and] need to manage this in a non disruptive way, [as well as] needing to be able to react to market change rapidly."

Performance can reach an impressive one teraflop per unit of rack space and the nodes are swappable within the product without needing any downtime.

"HP today is delivering the first converged infrastructure for these markets specifically optimised to give [service providers] that skill and availability," he concluded.

The product will begin shipping today.

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