HP Unveils Next-Gen ProLiant Servers for Data Center Transformation
Company officials say the ProLiant Gen 9 servers are part of a larger server strategy that includes its Moonshot and Apollo efforts.Hewlett-Packard officials are unveiling the company's upcoming ninth-generation ProLiant servers, which they say are the next steps in the vendor's efforts to align its server strategy with the rapidly changing demands in the data center brought on by such trends as mobile computing, big data and the cloud. During a Webcast event Aug. 28, HP officials—including CEO Meg Whitman—said the new systems will bring organizations three times the compute capacity of previous ProLiants, greater efficiency in processing multiple workloads, make infrastructure provisioning 66 times faster and drive down the cost of ownership. In addition, in combination with HP's storage, memory and networking capabilities, workload performance of business-critical applications will be improved by four times, according to the company. The x86 systems also will offer three times the performance-per-watt capabilities of previous generations, require 60 percent less space and lower storage acquisition costs by 80 percent, according to officials. The ProLiant Gen 9 servers are part of HP's larger effort to remake its server lineup to address the modern data center workloads, dovetailing with the company's small and highly energy-efficient Moonshot systems for hyperscale environments and the Apollo supercomputers officials announced in June for high-performance computing (HPC) installations. In what officials are calling a new era of computing, data centers are moving away from compute, storage and networking silos and instead organizations need to view the data center as a pool of resources that can be configured to meet workload needs.
Capabilities within the new systems combined with such tools as OneView—which was introduced last year to give organizations a single tool for managing all of their data center resources—will be key to enabling such environments. Whitman said the data center needs to become a "software-defined environment."