HP Unveils Next-Gen ProLiant Servers for Data Center Transformation
HP officials aren't offering many details about the new servers now, saying more will be released during the Intel Developer Forum in September in San Francisco. A range of server OEMs will announce new systems during the show, when Intel executives are expected to officially take the wraps off the next-generation 22-nanometer Xeon E5 mainstream server chips, codenamed "Grantley," which will be based on the "Haswell" architecture. Among the technologies HP officials did talk about were integrating its PCI Express accelerators into the systems, as well as DDR4 SmartMemory and SmartCache for storage. Charles King, principal analyst for Pund-IT Research, said HP's efforts are in line with what he is seeing from other OEMs, including Dell, IBM and Cisco Systems, which also are dealing with the changes brought on by the cloud, big data, mobility and social computing. "Those similarities aren't a bad thing," King said in an email to eWEEK. "They simply reflect overarching tech industry and related business trends, so if they were missing from HP's strategy, I'd be concerned.""As it has done previously, HP is using the shift to a new generation of silicon to rethink its platforms, from lower end tower and rack servers to blades and converged systems to emerging solutions like Apollo and Moonshot," King wrote. "One of the most interesting things about these new solutions is how wholly their new features rest on HP's proprietary technologies, particularly new networking and storage features, and management software offerings. There are certainly dedicated HP customers out there who will be happy to sign-on to vertically integrated solutions, but many of the businesses I talk with are avoiding single-vendor solutions. That could impact new HP effort, like the Apollo Systems for HPC and high density environments." HP's announcement comes the same week that second-quarter numbers from Gartner and IDC found HP retaining the top spot in the worldwide server market for both shipments and revenues. The company was trailed by Dell and IBM—which is in the process of selling its x86 server business to Lenovo—as well as Cisco, which is seeing its server business grow rapidly being the strength of its Unified Computing System (UCS) integrated data center solution.
He said HP's products "look pretty solid."