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Blade Servers

XENON offers a comprehensive portfolio of blade servers that deliver maximum virtualization, flexible configuration capability, & integrated systems management.

Housed within a 19″ industry standard rack, XENON blade servers reduce the server footprint in the data center. Power, cooling and networking devices are aggregated in the rear of the chassis which optimises the required amount of space.

Up to 10 TwinBlade (20 nodes) can be installed in a 7U chassis. Compared to the 20U of rack space that twenty 1U servers would normally require as individuals, these  servers provide more than 50% density savings with 120 nodes and 24 switches in a 42U rack.

Blade Enclosures include space for 10 to 14 Blade modules, switching, and up to 4 x redundant power supplies.

Blade Interconnects

BLADE CHASSIS MANAGEMENT MODULE (CMM)

Provides total remote control of individual server blades, power supplies, cooling fans, and networking switches. System administrators enjoy the management ease and reassurance of continuous on-board instrumentation monitoring (temperature sensors, power status, voltages and fan speed).

Remote power control capabilities to reboot and/or reset the server are available as well as remote access to the BIOS configuration and operating system console information vial SOL (Serial over LAN) or embedded KVM capabilities. The CMM controller is a separate processor, hence all monitoring and control functions operate flawlessly regardless of a Processor Blade operations or power-on status.

ETHERNET SWITCH MODULES

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2/3 Switch Module connects internally to an optional 10 Gigabit mezzanine card on the blade. External 10 Gigabit SFP+ connectors are provided for uplinks. In ten Blade systems, there are ten 10 Gigabit connectors.

The 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet layer 2/3 Switch module offers advanced switching features and connection to 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks. Internally it uses the same 1-Gb/s downlink ports as the SBM-GEM-001 for connection to the SuperBlade LAN interfaces. Externally it provides up to three 10-Gb/s uplink connections (two with a CX4 connector which are stackable and one SFP+) and two 1Gb/s uplink connections (RJ45).

PASS-THROUGH MODULES

The Gigabit Ethernet Pass-through Module is a non-configurable pass through module that includes fourteen 1-Gb/s external uplink (RJ45) ports and fourteen internal 1-Gb/s downlink ports for the SuperBlade’s LAN interfaces. This module also has two internal Ethernet paths to the CMM(s) for viewing module temperature and voltage (but not for configuration since all connections are fixed).

The TwinBlade 1 Gigabit Ethernet Pass-through Module is a non-configurable pass- through module that includes twenty 1-Gb/s external uplink (RJ45) ports and twenty internal 1-Gb/s downlink ports for the TwinBlade’s LAN interfaces. This module also has an internal I2C path to the CMM for viewing module temperature and voltage (but not for configuration since all connections are fixed).

PASS-THROUGH MODULES INFINIBAND SWITCH MODULES

The InfiniBand Switch Modules are switch-based, point-to-point bi-directional serial link systems. They provide high-speed interconnectivity among the blade modules and to external InfiniBand peripherals and are especially useful in supporting clustered High-Performance-Computing.

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