Virtualization Hardware Watch: Rackable's New 4-Way Server, Platespin Virtualized Recovery Appliance

Last week Fremont, Calif.-based Rackable Systems announced the release of a new VMware-certified four-way server featuring dual- and quad-core Intel Xeon processors.

"Delivering up to 16 cores and 256 GB of memory, the C4108 is an ideal enterprise-class solution for both database applications and for server virtualization," Tony Gaughan, chief products officer of Rackable Systems, said in a prepared statement.

According to the company, the C4108 features Xeon 7200 and 7300 series processors, can accommodate seven PCI Express add-in cards and eight hot-swap SAS hard disk drives, and supports Windows Server 2008, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

More information about the new server can be found here.

Meanwhile, Toronto-based Platespin Limited announced it is now shipping Forge, what it calls the "first-ever virtualized recovery hardware appliance."

Forge offers prepackaged hardware, software, applications and virtualization technology in one package for "out-of-the-box protection for up to 25 physical or virtual workloads.

"By consolidating multiple physical and virtual workloads onto a single PlateSpin Forge recovery appliance, we can achieve a 25 to 1 workload protection ratio with no need for costly investments in duplicate hardware and software for one-to-one redundancy,” John Shaffer, director of technology at investment banking firm Greenhill & Co., a Platespin customer, said of the package in a prepared release.

More information on Forge can be found here.

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