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The all new HP ProLiant BL680c Server Blade, delivers no-compromise performance and expansion in the first Quad-Core 4P BladeSystem Server.

Questions


General

1. Where can I find detailed information on the new BL680c specifications and supported options?
2. Is the ProLiant BL680c similar to a ProLiant DL580?
3. What options are available for the ProLiant BL680c blade server?
4. What infrastructure components are needed to support the ProLiant BL680c?
5. What operating systems are supported on the ProLiant BL680c?

Health and management

1. What type of ProLiant Management ships standard with the BL680c?
2. What functionality is included in iLO 2 Standard Blade Edition?
3. Is there additional new blade specific Management Software?

Service and warranty

1. What is the warranty on this product?
2. What Service offerings are recommended?

Answers

General

Q1. Where can I find detailed information on the new BL680c specifications and supported options?
A1.

The BL680c QuickSpecs include descriptions of all models of the ProLiant BL680c and an extensive list of supported options from HP

Q2. Is the ProLiant BL680c similar to a ProLiant DL580?
A2.

Yes, the ProLiant BL680c delivers a feature set similar to that of the DL580 in a blade form factor. In fact, all the new c-Class product names are similar to their DL equivalent. There are some differences between the DL580 and the BL680c -- for instance the DL580 has more DIMM slots, local drives and expansion slots compared to the BL680c, but the BL680c has more embedded Gigabit Ethernet adapters and a much denser form factor. The BL680c delivers a robust feature set in a 4P blade and is a viable platform for any customer looking for traditional 4P features and performance in a blade.

Q3. What options are available for the ProLiant BL680c blade server?
A3.

The BL680c includes optional support for:

  • Additional memory
  • Additional processors
  • SAS or SATA hard disk drives
  • Three mezzanine expansion slots for multifunction 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, standard Gigabit Ethernet, 4Gb Fibre Channel, and 4x DDR (20Gb) InfiniBand
  • Battery Backed Write Cache (BBWC)
  • For a complete list of supported options, including product specific options, please review the BL680c QuickSpecs.

Q4. What infrastructure components are needed to support the ProLiant BL680c?
A4. The BL680c requires the use of the HP BladeSystem c3000 or c7000 blade enclosure. For details on the server blade enclosures, see HP BladeSystem c-Class Enclosures.
Q5. What operating systems are supported on the ProLiant BL680c?
A5.

Operating system support includes:

  • Microsoft Windows 2003
  • LINUX┬« (Red Hat┬«, SuSE┬«, United)
  • VMware ESX Server
  • Two additional mezzanine cards - NIC, Fibre Channel HBA, or InfiniBand HCA
  • SSolaris 10
  • For a complete and up-to-date listing of supported OS's and versions, please visit our OS Support Matrix.

Health and Management

Q1. What type of ProLiant Management ships standard with the BL680c?
A1. iLO 2 Standard Blade Edition ships standard with every c-Class blade server. It is an enhanced, essential remote management software for the next generation ProLiant BL servers.
Q2. What functionality is included in iLO 2 Standard Blade Edition?
A2. iLO 2 Standard Blade Edition includes HP Virtual KVM, Integrated Remote Console, Terminal Services Pass-through, Virtual Media (browser single server), Blade specific features - setup wizard, rackview, enclosure alerting, static IP bay configuration, Embedded System Health, Remote Serial Console, Virtual power, Unit ID, Event logs, SIM integration. For additional details on the BladeSystem Management see HP BladeSystem Management.
Q3. Is there additional new blade-specific management software?
A3. Yes, there is additional blade specific management software available. The new iLO 2 Select Pack. It offers optional Lights-Out upgrades for new ProLiant BL servers, activates security, new power management, scripted virtual media and more in the future. All with Flexible licensing, including site licenses and an eight blade kit.

The iLO 2 Select Pack includes:

  • Power Regulator Reporting
  • Virtual Media (scripted multi-server)
  • Enterprise security including directory services and two-factor authentication

For additional details on the BladeSystem Management see HP BladeSystem Management.

Service and Warranty

Q1. What is the warranty on this product?
A1. The HP ProLiant BL680c is supported with a Worldwide Limited warranty featuring 3 years of parts, labor, and on-site service. In addition processors, memory, and hard drives are also covered by HP's prefailure warranty Click for a complete description of your warranty.
Q2. What Service offerings are recommended?
A2. HP recommends same day Hardware support combined with Software Technical support. This combination provides ready access to technical expertise, will help minimize any downtime, and enable you to focus on your core business. For a complete listing of Support Services that are available, go to: http://h20219.www2.hp.com/services/cache/10950-0-0-225-121.aspx
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