HP Plans ATCA Telecom Blade

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) is set to finally make its entry into the market for telecom blade servers, following months of speculation about the company's long-term strategy (see 64-Bit Blades Battle and HP Launches Blade, Telecom Program).

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based firm today announced plans to launch an Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) processor-based, telecom-specific blade server next year. At this stage, HP is unwilling to set a specific date for the birth of the new blade, although a spokeswoman confirmed to NDCF that it will be available in both 32- and 64-bit configurations.

But archrival IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) has already established a presence in this part of the market, launching its BladeCenter-T product back in March. Since then, the company has also unveiled a package of pre-bundled blade server software and set out to attract new partners (see IBM's BladeServer Blitz, IBM Flashes Its Blade, and IBM & Motorola Brandish Blades).

However, HP hopes to steal a march on its rival by basing its yet-to-be-named blade on the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA), an emerging industry standard. IBM, on the other hand, has taken its own approach by encouraging equipment vendors to conform to the BladeCenter-T's underlying architecture. This includes networking switches, adapter cards, and communications blades for enterprise networks (see IBM, Intel Open BladeCenter Specs).

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— James Rogers, Site Editor, Next-gen Data Center Forum

edgecore 12/5/2012 | 1:12:03 AM
re: HP Plans ATCA Telecom Blade A few thoughts, in no logical order:

HP is an Intel Premier partner, which means that they can *Only* do Intel based blades, no PowerPC of any kind.

Intel is evangelizing/funding almost all of the ATCA hoopla in the market today. They help $$ their premier partners (HP and Radisys) bring IA architecture and standards to market.

What about chassis, with only a blade, its not tha compelling, unless it is a real ass kicker IXP28xx type of blade. So what is it about this IA blade that will be any better than what Motorola/Force already has, plus they own the chassis, the middleware and just about anything else in ATCA (including a wack of sweet PowerPC control and IO blades).

Not sure what the wow factor is here, from where I sit, Motorola/FOrce will have all the ATCA business, unless someone can come up with the equivalent of their 2 merged product portfolio's real fast!

krbabu 12/5/2012 | 1:11:59 AM
re: HP Plans ATCA Telecom Blade Apart from a few wireless base stations, all I seem to hear about are [blade] server implementations around the ATCA backplane. Where are the other network elements - IP routers, Ethernet switches, Frame Relay switches, etc.?
Perhaps someone has a reason or rationale for this state of affairs?
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