posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 05:07 PM
Evolving processing and storage needs are driving the multi-dimensional appeal of today’s blade server -- a swappable server with processor, memory
and network connections on a single motherboard.Powerful, flexible and space saving, blade servers are well suited to the needs of government CIOs
tasked with improving performance at a reasonable bottom-line cost.
As blades have evolved, a sure sign of their mainstream acceptance is the expanding roster of companies that have joined HP in the blade market.The
fact is, blade server adoption is taking off. From state governments that have embraced blade servers for improved scalability and performance to
researchers at a national laboratory who used blades to form a space-saving, economical Beowulf cluster—a high-performance parallel computer
constructed mostly from commodity parts—blades are making inroads in a wide scope of computing uses
HP’s BL20p G2 illustrates how the latest generation of blades can serve a wired government that demands increasingly sophisticated and ever-growing
capabilitiesA quick look inside the BL20p G2 offers some clues to its versatility. The dual-processor server comes with a choice of two chips: a 3.2
GHz Intel Xeon processor with 2 MB of Level 3 cache, or a 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processor with 1 MB of Level 3 cache.Standard memory is 512 MB,
expandable to 8 GB, and up to 48 blades can fit in a 42U rack. NetBurst micro-architecture permits simultaneous multi-threading, improving system
Up-front costs are lower, too: HP systems with a SAN configuration are 4-16 percent less costly than a like-configured traditional rack mounted
Congress late last week gave two of the administration’s top management priorities—competitive sourcing and e-government—a shot in the arm.Lawmakers
removed all four provisions in three separate bills that would limit or prohibit agencies from competing federal jobs with the private sector. They
also removed a provision that would have prohibited the Interior and Energy departments and the Forest Service from spending $13.3 million on four
e-government projects. Additionally, lawmakers removed a provision that would have eliminated the office of the chief architect, clearing the way for
the Office of Management and Budget to hire a new one.
The $388 billion omnibus spending bill makes available $205 million for contracts and management costs of the IRS’ massive Business Systems
Modernization program. The administration had sought $285 million for IRS modernization, about $100 million less than last year.
This year, IRS reduced the number of projects it was working on to heighten the chance of successfully implementing the most important ones. The
agency also released initial versions of several modernization projects...
One thing does somehow puzzels me,with a defacit of around 3billion$ how does the states still manages to spend so much money on Defence.It is already
an unmatchable nation on that point.And that's without mentioning all the Tax cuts Bush gracefully gave to this great Super Power..
This all falls under the defence Budget or what...
I guess with the great majority in the House Of rapresentatives on Bush's side,there's not much room for a disagreement on His Chief's