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Published: 01 Nov 2012

Blades offer many advantages over traditional servers, but they create some unique storage and application issues. PETER CHAU is the infrastructure architect at North Shore Credit Union (NSCU), a North Vancouver, British Columbia, organization with 44,000 members, 12 branches and a new software banking system that runs on a bunch of Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. blades. From Chau's vantage point, his blade infrastructure is finally ready for prime time, approximately two years after NSCU got into the blade market with HP's first iteration of blades, the p-Class. That changed Chau's infrastructure to a smaller footprint with decreased power costs, but it didn't change his life. That came later, with HP's c-Class and its Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager, says Chau. By creating bay-specific I/O profiles with unique MAC addresses, Virtual Connect allows network and storage administrators to establish all LAN and SAN connections during deployment, and lets them avoid having to do it again even if additional servers are deployed or existing ones are changed. "If the ... Access >>>

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