Enterprise Networking: HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 Data Center Server Packs On Computing Muscle

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2012-05-29 Print this article Print
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The 2U HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 can be equipped with up to two Intel Xeon E5-2600 family processors.
The HP DL380p Gen8 more than doubles the RAM capacity of the previous 2U, rack mount workhorse data center server while significantly improving the management features and physical operations. While much of the computing and memory capacity increases come from the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors and the C6xx chipset, HP innovation is seen throughout the DL380p Gen8 family of servers. This includes a revised HP iLO (Integrated Lights-Out) Management Engine and an integrated NAND flash assembly that contains the diagnostic utilities as well as boot-up tools and drivers to get the HP DL380p up and running with a minimum of fuss compared with previous versions. The HP Active Health Monitor keeps track of nearly every configuration change and physical monitor so that when troubleshooting data is needed, everything from BIOS updates to fan speed and internal temperatures are available to support engineers. The HP DL380p Gen8 can be installed and maintained with greater ease than previous versions. During tests at eWEEK Labs, no tools were needed during the entire test process.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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