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IT Pros name HPE a leader in embedded blade server networking

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IT Brand Pulse, a trusted source for research, data and analysis about data center infrastructure, has released this year’s Embedded Blade Server Networking survey results. Participating IT pros have named HPE as Market, Performance, and Innovation Leader in the Embedded Blade Server Networking category.

Virtual Connect - 95 percent port elimination.pngHPE Virtual Connect is the most flexible way to connect server blades to any network. Since its introduction, HPE Virtual connect continues to be the popular and innovative approach to embedded networking for HPE BladeSystem. The reason for this success is that HPE Virtual Connect streamlines network connectivity delivering multiple virtualized physical network ports and a software-driven change-ready architecture. HPE Virtual Connect eliminates up to 95% of network ports over a rack-based server environment1. HPE Virtual Connect has been the leader in redefining blade networking, for both LAN and SAN, at the server edge.

Virtual Connect - 65 percent lower cost.pngHPE Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules provide customers with 65% lower cost versus a rack server environment2. HPE Virtual Connect provides performance and reliability advantages over traditional switch configurations, enabling customers to deploy and manage their network fabric environment faster and at lower cost, while maximizing IT staff productivity.

Furthermore, customers use 40% less power than a traditional rack infrastructure when Virtual Connect - 40 percent less power.pngusing HPE Virtual Connect3. HPE’s Virtual Connect FlexFabric 20/40Gb F8 Module and 3PAR Flat SAN solution deliver radical simplification of server and storage connectivity by reducing components, collapsing networks and lowering TCO.

Now, with HPE OneView, customers can readily manage all HPE Virtual Connect networking aspects seamlessly changing infrastructure needs meeting business objectives. HPE BladeSystem and HPE OneView work together to simplify operations while reducing cost and time to provision.

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If you’re new to HPE Virtual Connect, check out the HPE Virtual Connect for Dummies ebook. We also offer HPE Virtual Connect training.




1) 95% : A traditional server blade configuration would typically require a dual-port LOM, an extra quad-port NIC mezzanine, and a dual-port HBA along with switch modules (6 Ethernet and 2 Fibre Channel). The total traditional configuration components come up to 40 vs. the VC FlexFabric module solution. The VC FlexFabric solution requires only embedded dual-port FlexFabric adapters on servers (no mezzanine cards) and two VC FlexFabric modules. This simple calculation will help you understand it better, (40-2)/40=95 percent. 

2) 65% : Based on the difference of traditional interconnect and adapter cost when compared to the VC Flex-10/10D solution. Compare cost of 6 Ethernet switches, 16 quad-port NICs, to 2 HP VC Flex-10/10D. ILP, May 2010. 

3) 40% : Based on the difference of traditional interconnect and adapter power costs compared to VC Flex-10/10D solution. Compare cost of power for 6 Ethernet switches, 16x 1 Gb dual-Port NIC LOMs, 16 quad-port NICs to 2 HP VC Flex-10/10D modules connected to 16 embedded Flex-10 adapters. This notes refers to VC FlexFabric and not VC Flex10/10D.


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