HP introduces ProLiant Gen8 servers
Cloud migration made smoother, says hardware specialist
HP today announced the availability of two new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) four-socket servers that the company says will facilitate a cloud model and, according to in-house bench testing, deliver a return on investment within three months.
The industry's first four-socket servers to incorporate HP ProActive Insight Architecture, the HP ProLiant BL660c and DL560 Gen8 servers deliver automation and health-monitoring capabilities that are intended to reduce the time system administrators must set aside for server maintenance. According to HP's own evaluations, such measures can save IT staff more than 30 days of administration time a year.
As virtualisation becomes the standard - particularly for those running compute-intensive applications or those moving to private and hybrid clouds - system administrators 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 are designed for high-end compute power that enables the extension of end-to-end virtualisation and provides a foundation for creating private and hybrid clouds.
With a three-to-one sever-consolidation ratio 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 by up to 30 percent, based on hardware acquisition, software and licenses, utilities (three years) and administrator labour (three years).