HP updates DL580 servers to Gen8


Hewlett-Packard Co. has released more powerful versions of its ProLiant DL 580 severs, now based on its Generation 8 architecture, for data-intensive workloads.

The new server “is the only box that can deliver a three-to-five month ROI,” 30 per cent better performance and much better reliability than the G7 version,  Jim Ganthier, HP’s vice-president of global marketing for servers, said in an interview.

“Our whole intent with this line is to unleash the power of business data,” he said.

The 4U-sized server comes in three pre-configured versions running version 2 of Intel Corp.’s Xeon E7 4800 and 8800 CPUs, plus organizations can custom-order G8 DL580s with processors, RAM and storage they prefer. The G7 DL 580s (which will continue being sold for the near future) have version 1 of those processors.

The G8 DL580 has 10 bays that hold up to 12TB of flash or spinning disk storage. It can has nine PCI slots, five of which can take double-wide cards with graphic processors.

Pricing starts at US$13,0799.

Ganthier said the units are aimed at organizations with demanding data processing needs such as communications and service providers and financial services companies.

Like others in the Gen 8 line, the DL 580 comes with a number of features to make what HP calls intelligent servers. For example it has “Do Not Remove” indicators for hard drives, status indicators, smart sockets for adding processors without bending pins and an architecture that automatically identifies itself to data centre management software.

In addition, the G8 DL 580 servers take new memory cartridges that allow administrators to easily insert RAM as well as identify faulty DIMMs through an LED indicator. The servers can take up to 3 TB of memory now, which will soon be upgraded to 6 TB. That will help organizations running in-memory databases, HP [NYSE: HPQ] says.




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