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HP unveils Intel Xeon E5v3-powered Proliant Gen 9 server systems

Also talked up the firm's move towards the software defined data centre
Fri Aug 29 2014, 14:41
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HP HAS REVEALED its updated range of Proliant servers that will be powered by Intel's imminent Xeon E5v3 processor chips, the firm's ninth generation (Gen 9) systems.

The Gen9 Proliant systems will be made available on 8 September, HP said at the London launch event, and will be based on Intel's upcoming Xeon E5-2600v3 processors, which the chipmaker has yet to release.

The new Xeon chip powered servers are touted to offer much better performance, better power efficiency and a switch to DDR4 memory.

HP ProLiant DL380 Gen 9 server

The Proliant models getting a refresh with Intel's fresh Xeon chips include the tower format ML350 and the rack-mount DL360 and DL380 systems, plus the BL460c blade server. Two new models, the DL160 and DL180, replace the current DL360e and DL380e as the entry-level rack systems.

The hardware firm said its Proliant Gen 9 systems will boast some unique technology to give it an edge over its competitors, including a PCI Express workload accelerator, HP Smartcache and Flexfabric adapters for improved performance, and converged management tools across servers, storage and networking.

HP said it will also launch a new server tray module option for its Apollo 6000 and 8000 high performance computing (HPC) systems based on the new Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 chips. However, it is not disclosing pricing and full technical specifications about those yet.

Boston is also prepping servers and workstations based on the new Intel Xeons, which the systems builder recently previewed to The INQUIRER.

Redstone, an HP server customer, is the 25th largest US bank and does four million transactions in a 10-minute period. The firm said that HP's servers are enabling it to write software apps for the financial services industries.

"By having the Gen9 platform in place it will allow us to focus on how we leverage lending through mobility using the Gen 9 scalability on that platform," Redstone said at the launch event. "Working with HP we are able to anticipate our future needs and work towards a software-defined data centre. It will enable the business and generate new revenue streams and new opportunities."

HP also talked about its plans to change the server market for good by adapting to the new IT challenges facing customers better than rivals can.

HP VP for servers in EMEA Iain Stephen claimed that general purpose servers are disappearing and moving towards HP's vision of the software defined data centre (SDDC), which Intel is also pushing, because everything is defined by the needs of the applications, whether these are core business workloads, big data, mission critical applications, or cloud and virtualisation.

"Technology is still the foundation for servers and the data centre, but usage models are becoming more critical. It's how you deploy servers, how you optimise them for specific workloads that counts," he said.

Under this vision, everything inside the data centre, including compute, storage and network resources, can be configured and allocated automatically under software control in order to meet the changing demands of the workloads.

"The challenge is to define the platform to deliver the right compute resources at the right time to meet customer requirements," Stephen added.

Part of what HP is aiming towards can be seen with its Moonshot server platform, which the firm thinks will help it differentiate itself from rivals in the server market such as Dell, Cisco and IBM. µ

For more on the the cloud and big data, visit the Intel IT Center. µ


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