HP delivers purpose-built server for big data

ProLiant SL4500 series ‘redefines performance, economics’, says company

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HP delivers purpose-built server for big data The new HP ProLiant SL4500 server series is designed specifically to serve the needs of big data.
By  Stephen McBride Published  November 28, 2012

HP today unveiled what it referred to as "the industry's first server built to help clients operationalise big data, drive new business opportunities and save up to $1 million over three years".

"The new HP ProLiant SL4500 server series is the only solution purpose-built for big data environments," HP claimed.

"It provides maximum performance, productivity and cost-effectiveness in an ultradense solution required by these workloads. Built on HP Converged Infrastructure, the new server offers a highly efficient design that consumes up to 50% less space, 61% less power and 31% lower cost while using 63% fewer cables," the company added, citing internal bench testing results.

With the advent of big data software and the promise that it brings, many organisations have tried to deploy solutions on existing architectures not designed to handle the specific needs of the workloads. As a result, the outcomes from these early deployments have been suboptimal from a performance and cost perspective, argues HP.  

"Big data application environments such as Hadoop, MPP data warehouses, big data analytics and object stores have very different workload requirements," said Dan Vesset, vice president, Business Analytics Research, IDC.

"Given the large and varied amounts of fast-moving data that needs to be stored and accessed quickly and the different requirements of end users, these workloads can be highly varied, complex and inefficient to manage if run on traditional hardware infrastructure. In order to fully embrace the promise of big data, it is critical that the underlying infrastructure be optimised for the workload."

The HP ProLiant SL4500 server series in a single node configuration is available immediately worldwide for a starting price of €5925.

The new HP ProLiant SL270s Gen8 servers will be available next month, with for a starting price of €4780. The HP ProLiant SL250s Gen8 servers will be available with NVIDIA Kepler and Intel Xeon Phi processors early next year for a starting price of €4390.

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