Here’s another video from HP Discover 2011 last week. In this one I talk to Kate Davis about the P4800. I’ve been pretty much all in on commodity storage hardware these days and the P4800 is another example of this. You’ll see in the video that the two blades run a clustered P4000 system, with storage provided via MDS600 drive enclosures. The flexibility of this solution is that both server and storage can be encompassed within the same blade chassis, eliminating the need for a separate SAN switch infrastructure; so things operate within chassis much faster. Although this is a simpler self-contained solution, the only proviso I can add is that you need ensure the cost of using blades rather than dedicated servers is right for your environment.[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/25227548[/vimeo]
Disclaimer: As a blogger/attendee, HP paid for my flights, hotel and most meals. I have not been compensated for my time and am not obliged to blog on the event. All the opinions are my personal views.