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HP and IBM have some super fancy technology for virtualizing the I/O of their blade systems, and they sell it for thousands of dollars. Dell now has something similar - an SD card that it sells for $499 a pop. Texas-blessed Dell last week started shipping FlexAddress, which is "enabled by a special SD card." By "enabled" and " …

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Access time?

I might be missing the point here but I didnt think that an SD card had a great access time. Granted its a "special" one but come on?

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Anonymous Coward

SD card access...

SD cards are not that bad on access time. One can but hope that Dell stumped for some of the 133x Lexar ones.

:-)

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@Access time

I've not used one of these systems, but I would guess the SD card is read when the blade chassis is brought up and that's it... I don't think that's going to cause any sort of performance bottleneck...

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Access time

SD Card is used just for activation, not for use in the data path.

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Web Chat Transcript on FlexAddress

We hosted a web chat with some of the FlexAddress experts here at Dell last week. The transcript is located here -

http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/06-24-08+Flexible+Blades+Management+Features+Web+Chat

The question of access time is addressed in the chat and the previous comments are correct about it just being used to initially get FlexAddress going - and not on an ongoing basis.

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