Technology solutions giant HP has launched two new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) four-socket servers that will help customers move to the cloud while offering increased compute power in less space with a return on investment within three months.
HP Malaysia country manager, industry standard servers, Vincent Lee, said the new solutions are the industry's first four-socket servers, which also include HP ProActive Insight Architecture. "The HP ProLiant BL660c and DL560 Gen8 servers significantly reduce the time spent on maintenance tasks through high levels of automation and continuous monitoring of system health, saving IT staff more than 30 days of administration time a year."
Lee said that clients are continuously virtualising their compute-intensive applications to achieve better utilisation and efficiency, as well as to help evolve private and hybrid clouds. "The advanced technologies of the HP ProLiant Gen8 portfolio, tested in real-world data centres and built with 150 client-inspired design innovations, eliminate common server problems that cause failures, downtime and data loss."
Many clients have virtualised their basic infrastructure and smaller workloads, but a challenge still remains with more complex and higher-end workloads, he said. "Clients often face performance bottlenecks, data centre footprint and power limitations, and inadequate memory capacity from traditional two-socket servers."
"As building blocks for HP Converged Infrastructure, these multiprocessor servers satisfy the need for high-end compute power that enables clients to extend end-to-end virtualisation and provide a foundation for creating private and hybrid clouds," said Lee.
"With a three-to-one server-consolidation rate (and reduced server footprint in the data centre, the HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 server offers four-socket density in half the size of the previous generation, and reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 30 percent," he said.
"In addition, the HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 server provides a space-minimising four-socket server in a 2U form factor without compromising performance, scalability or expansion requirements," said Lee.
Lee said the HP ProLiant BL660c and HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 servers were designed to drive better performance for complex, virtualised environments so that clients could access their data faster, optimise their system to achieve higher-performing workloads and add more virtual machines (VMs) per server.
He said the new servers deliver:
- Improved storage performance with the first integrated PCIe 3.0 storage technology, providing twice the input/output bandwidth and up to six times faster performance than previous generations.
- Enhanced VM support with a memory design that is five times more dense than competitive offerings and delivers lower latency than previous generations.
- Up to 50 percent better memory performance than competitive offerings, enabling more consolidation of virtual applications on fewer servers.
"The new servers drive a balance of economics and density for customers, while optimising application performance to help speed innovation and business growth," said Lee. "In addition, a direct connection to the HP Insight Online portal accelerates problem resolution and reduced unplanned downtime. Through self monitoring, self diagnosing and proactive support, clients can resolve problems up to 66 percent faster."
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