Hitachi Compute Blade 500

Ideal Platform for Virtualization and Cloud


Compute Blade Server 500 - Performance and Flexibility for Virtualized Workloads

Hitachi Compute Blade 500

Performance and Flexibility for Virtualized Workloads

  • Performance and Flexibility for Virtualized Workloads

Blade Technology That Fits Your Application

Hitachi Compute Blade 500 combines the high-end features needed in today's mission critical data center with the high compute density and adaptable architecture you need to lower costs and protect investment. The flexible architecture and logical partitioning feature of Hitachi Compute Blade 500 allow configurations to exactly match application needs, and multiple applications to easily and securely co-exist in the same chassis.

  • 6U chassis houses up to 8 server blade modules
  • Integrated chassis management features simplify and accelerate installation and maintenance tasks
  • Mainframe class high availability features (hot-swap, redundant components, automated failover)
  • Latest Intel Xeon processors for state-of-the-art performance
  • Multiple blade options for workload flexibility
  • Large maximum memory configurations
  • Hardware based logical partition (LPAR) capability for robust, secure, high performance virtualization
  • IO flexibility via expansion blades, to add optional dedicated disk storage or I/O expansion capability
  • Choice of switched fabric options, including IP, FC and converged fabric
  • Securely host multiple workloads in a single blade chassis

Features and Benefits


  • Scale out: to 8 x dual-socket E5 processor blades
  • Scale up: 8-socket configuration with 4 double-width E7 processor blades supports 6TB
  • Blade performance: Up to 8 CPUs, Intel Xeon E5 and E7 Family


  • Ethernet, Fibre Channel and CNA options
  • High bandwidth, configurable connectivity
  • Disk Storage and PCI expansion blades


  • Embedded LPAR logical partitioning
  • Dynamic partitions in shared mode
  • Large physical memory capability


  • Automated N+M blade detection and failover
  • Redundant and hot-swap power and cooling
  • Redundant I/O switch modules

Why Hitachi Compute Blade 500?

  • Safely mix a wide variety of application workloads on a highly reliable, scalable and flexible platform supported by a world class supplier of mission critical IT infrastructure.
  • Integrate with established network fabrics and management infrastructures.
  • Grow in-chassis to 8 2-socket blades or scale up to 4 SMP connected blades with 8 E7 processors and total addressable memory of over 6TB.
  • Achieve the right balance of throughput and connectivity with support for a mix of both integrated switched fabric and direct access to I/O slots provided by on-board PCIe 3.0 slots and I/O expansion blades.
  • Improve efficiency, performance and virtual server isolation with Hitachi logical partitions (LPAR)
  • Reduce dependency on proprietary UNIX server environments and switched only I/O fabrics with blade flexibility and converged I/O fabric support.
  • Add server management and system monitoring at no cost with Hitachi Compute Systems Manager (HCSM) which can seamlessly integrate with Hitachi Command Suite (HCS) in IT environments using Hitachi storage.

Technical Papers

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Microsoft Hyper-V

Solution Profiles


Hitachi Compute Blade 500 Chassis Specifications

Size 6U (rack mountable)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 447mm x 820mm x 266mm
Operating Temperature 5°C ~ 35°C
Humidity 20% - 80%
Server Blade Modules Up to 8 server blade modules
Storage Blade Modules Up to 4 server/storage blade pairs per chassis
Management Modules1 standard, 2 maximum (redundant)
Management LAN Interface2 Ethernet ports
Maintenance LAN Interface1 Ethernet port
Maintenance Serial Interface1 serial interface
Cooling Fans6 standard
Switch Modules 2 standard, 4 maximum
Hitachi 1Gb LAN Switch Module
Internal Ports 20 ports
External Ports 4 ports
Hitachi 1Gb or 10Gb LAN Switch Module
Internal Ports20 ports
External PortsFour 1GbE ports
Two 10GbE ports
Hitachi Converged Fabric Switch ModuleUp to 16 modules
Internal Ports16 ports
External Ports8 ports
Power Supplies Up to 4 power supply modules
(N+1 Fully redundant)

80+ Platinum Rated
Input Voltage200 - 240VAC, Single Phase
Frequency 50/60Hz
Maximum Power Consumption

Hitachi Compute Blade 500 Server Blades

CB520Hv3 Server BladeCB520Hv3 Server Blade
CB520X Server BladeCB520X Server Blade
Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 series
Intel Xeon E7-8800v3 series
Number of sockets
2 (per blade)
4-8 (SMP mode)
DIMM type
Registered ECC
Registered ECC
Number of slots
48 (single blade)
192 (8S SMP)
Maximum memory
768GB (32GB DIMM)
1.5TB (32GB DIMM) (Single Blade)
6.0TB (32GB DIMM) (8S SMP)
12.0TB (64GB LRDIMM) (8S SMP)
SH core based
Management LAN
1Gb Ethernet
On-Board I/O
4x dual-port
2x dual-port
10Gb or 1Gb Ethernet
10Gb or 1Gb Ethernet
Host bus
PCIe (Gen. 3.0)
Number of slots
2x mezzanine card slots
4x mezzanine card slots
Hardware RAID
HDD bay
Hot-swappable 2x 2.5-inch SAS HDD/SSD (per blade)
Front Port
USB connector (USB 2.0 for bootable optical drive)/KVM connector (USB 2.0 x2, VGA)
Power, location, failure
Form Factor
Standard Width
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, VMware ESX; Hitachi Compute Blade logical partitioning feature

Hitachi Compute Blade 500 Online Product Overview (OPO)

In this Online Product Overview you'll learn about the CB500 capabilities, including logical partitioning and N+M Cold Standby, and how the CB500 fits into the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform solution. Watch | Download | iPad

Hitachi Compute Blade 500 3D Model

Take a 3D interactive tour of the Hitachi Compute Blade 500 in this Online Product Overview where you'll be able to look at each of the components that make up the machine. Watch

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