HP launches next generation of self-sufficient servers

HP ProLiant Gen8 servers intended to be most self-supporting yet

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HP launches next generation of self-sufficient servers HP Gen8 servers are intended to virtually take care of themselves, says Al Shimy. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 16, 2012

HP has unveiled its new line of ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers, which it says are the industry's most self-sufficient servers yet.

The Gen8 line includes a range of features to automate functions across the complete server life-cycle, to improve uptime, longevity and performance.

The technology enhancements are part of HP's $300 million, two-year program called ‘Project Voyager', to automate every aspect of the server life cycle. The company has developed over 900 patents as part of the program, which will introduce a new systems architecture called HP ProActive Insight architecture, which will span the entire HP Converged Infrastructure.

Among the enhancements that Gen8 will offer are HP Smart Update, which will reduce server update from hours down to as little as ten minutes; HP 3-D Sea of Sensors, which will monitor server usage across real-time location, power, workload and temperature data to automate energy efficiency to nearly double compute-per-watt capacity; HP Active Health and HP Insight Online technologies that will monitor 1,600 data points for diagnosis and proactive support of issues for a 95% first time issue resolution rate; and Dynamic Workload Acceleration that improves data-intensive storage performance by almost seven times with a converged server and storage design.

HP says that in a typical 10,000 square foot data centre, companies spend on average $24 million over three years on manual operations to support servers, based on Gartner IT metrics. The Gen8 range is intended to cut those costs through creating self-supporting infrastructure.

"The skyrocketing cost of operations in the data centre is unsustainable, and enterprises are looking to HP to help solve this problem," said Alaa Al Shimy, Enterprise Servers, Storage, and Networking Director, HP Middle East. "We are delivering innovative intelligence technologies that enable servers to virtually take care of themselves, allowing data center staff to devote more time to business innovation."

Project Voyager is the third phase of HP's multiyear transformation plan for servers, which began in November 2011 with Project Moonshot. to build servers for extreme-low-energy computing and Project Odyssey, which looked at mission-critical computing.

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