HP ProLiant Gen9 Server Family


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HP ProLiant servers are the data center gold standard, and continue to solve real-world business challenges.

Today’s ProLiant Gen9 portfolio is redefining compute economics by delivering more compute and storage performance using less energy and space to meet the growing demands of your customers’ businesses.

HP OneView, our single, software-defined management platform, accelerates IT service delivery through automated configuration and lifecycle management of blade and rack servers and faster virtual machine provisioning.

With software-defined templates and a centralised automation hub, HP OneView Advanced delivers more efficient management and financial savings of daily operations that expedites the delivery of IT services and speeds the transition to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and hybrid cloud.

HP ProLiant Gen9 servers are powered by the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families. These processors are at the heart of agile, efficient data centers and will meet your compute needs.

HP ProLiant Gen 9 makes some serious claims on performance:

  • 3X compute capacity per watt - when compared to a competing Dell Blade M620 for a single threaded application per server.
  • Up to 62 percent TCO savings over three (3) years including initial acquisition costs - this is based on 100 DL380 G6 servers consolidated down to 16 DL380 Gen9 enabling 62 percent TCO savings over 3 years including initial acquisition costs. There is also a potential reduction in monthly OPEX expenditure of over 80 percent. Includes software support for vSphere and Windows®. Also includes a 25 percent discount on Hardware. (August 2014.)
  • Accelerates IT service delivery—up to 66X faster service delivery with simple automation for a competitive advantage, improving SLA performanc (according to an IDC whitepaper).
  • Boosts business performance—Up to 4X read and write workload acceleration with HP SmartCache, which accelerates performance so users can access data faster (Based on HP internal testing. HP SmartCache Performance compared with equivalent controller in a controlled environment in Houston, Texas, May 18, 2014.)

So while HP servers might cost more to purchase, they certainly deliver ROI in the long term.

Call Evotec on 1300 133 996 for advice on HP servers.


How to choose a server

The decision to buy a high-performance, dedicated server is a critical one for Small to medium-size businesses (SMBs).

While cloud computing is gaining popularity, most SMB organisations still prefer the predictable cost, control and security of on-premise servers and storage.

The first consideration is the primary network operating system you'll run on the server

Then you need an estimate of the number of concurrent users and any storage requirements.

Servers come in three general form factors: tower, rack and blade.

Tower servers

These are upright, free-standing units that contain all traditional server components: hard disks, motherboards and central processing units (CPUs), networking, cabling, power and so on. You commonly add a hard drive to a tower server for direct attached storage (DAS).

Tower servers generally require more floor space than bladed environments or rack-mounted servers, and offer less scalability by design.

Rack servers

These are complete servers specially designed for ultra-compact vertical arrangement within a standardized 19-inch mounting rack or cabinet. Rack-mounted models have expansion slots, known as mezzanine slots, for adding network interface cards (NICs) or Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) cards. This configuration uses floor space efficiently, and offers centralized cable and server management. In addition, a rack server configuration increases infrastructure scalability by letting you add servers as needed, and connect to external storage, such as a network attached storage (NAS) or storage area network (SAN).

It's important to note that relative to server blades and enclosures, rack servers are more limited in the number of new drives and memory you can install.

Rack servers are generally designed to work as a logical and cohesive whole but without the tight integration found with server blades, which makes rack servers more flexible in some situations. In addition, you can run servers from different manufacturers in the same rack unit because the servers don't share proprietary components.

Server blades

These are small form factor servers housed in blade enclosures, which are designed for modularity and high-density footprints (enabling you to fit more servers into a smaller space). A blade enclosure includes server blades and room for storage, in addition to many shared components - power, cooling and ventilation, networking and other interconnects—all controlled by an integrated management system.

Blade infrastructures generally require less rack space than rack-mounted servers. Blade enclosures also use less power per server because of shared power and cooling, which equates to less heat output and lower cooling costs.

Some blade infrastructure enclosures can increase the number of servers up to 60 percent.

Assessing your needs

To narrow down the type of server form factor you need, you should first determine the role(s) you need this server to fill, such as:

• File sharing and storage, and printing services

• Application hosting

• Email and web hosting

• Server consolidation and virtualisation

• Enterprise databases and business intelligence

• Enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer resource management (CRM) and other high-end, process-intensive applications

Each of these server roles require increasingly higher processing power, memory, storage and, ultimately, power and cooling needs. For example, a simple tower server can support file/print services and serve as a dedicated email or host server; however, you'll find the flexibility and scalability of a rack or bladed environment is necessary to efficiently host enterprise databases, ERP, CRM and so forth.

Available space

Do you have ample floor and/or closet space? If so, a tower server may be the most economical choice. If your current server infrastructure is reaching its capacity, you should consider a rack-mounted server or bladed infrastructure.

Scalability and costs

Tower servers remain one of the most economical choices, especially for a very small SMB looking to make its first server purchase. However, relative to rack-mounted servers and server blades, tower servers lack expansion options that SMBs might need in the future.

Rack-mounted servers and bladed environments enable you to start small, buying only the number of servers and storage options you need today, and add servers as needed in the future. By getting only what you need up front, you can help reduce underutilization of equipment and save on initial capital costs.

To determine TCO of various server form factors, visit the HP ActiveAnswers web page and use the HP BladeSystem TCO tool.

An HP BladeSystem c3000 Enclosure, for example, is designed for smaller sites or remote environments needing two to eight servers or storage. The HP c3000 Enclosure is fully compatible with the larger HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure, supporting the same server and storage products, so it's highly scalable.

Selecting a server form factor

Select a tower server if you want an economical and all-inclusive server/storage solution to support file/print or dedicated email or web services. This solution is ideal for first-time server buyers, especially in small offices.

Consider a rack server for maximum computing power in a space-saving design, especially in environments with an adequate power and cooling infrastructure and an existing storage system. It's usually best to have in-house IT staff to maintain and support a rack server environment.

Choose a bladed solution to support high-end computing in high-density environments in which power and cooling is already reaching its limits. Companies needing an enterprise-level blade enclosure should plan for in-house IT support, but the smaller yet flexible enclosures are designed to quick deployment without a lot of IT expertise.


Windows Server end of support

If you own or work on one of the estimated 7 million servers still running Windows Server 2008, please be aware that Microsoft's mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 ended over 12 mnths ago.

Happily, Evotec can help you get Extended Support until Jan 2020.  It is important to run supported versions of Windows Server and other Microsoft Server products.  Here's why:

  • Security fixes will no longer be available, which puts your organisation at risk, especially if you handle personal and financial data or you work in a regulated industry, like healthcare.
  • You won’t be able to contact Microsoft for technical support in the event of a server problem
  • There will be no paid per-incident support
  • Hosted and co-located vendors will discontinue support for their applications running on Windows Server 2008.
  • You will find it difficult to leverage cloud options when encumbered by old tech.

But for many, the challenge of running End of Life of Windows Server is more about all the old applications, middleware, databases, and tools that likely also approaching their end of life.

Evotec can help you work out a plan to migrate unsupported Windows Server and related application instances as soon as possible.

It’s not just about the server

Look to make sure all your apps will work on the new server.

  • Custom apps that may need extensive code updates and migration to a new operating system.
  • Packaged application software from an ISV that may not work on a newer operating system.
  • Apps that are nearing end-of-life - try to avoid having to migrate them again in the near future
  • Also consider your plans for new technology like cloud, social, mobile, and big data.

While you’re at it

Any big IT challenge (like migrating Windows Server) is a good time to try to reduce the complexity of your IT infrastructure.

Try to:

  • Reduce the number of operating systems in use and the number of different configurations for each version.
  • Accommodate BYOD and other mobile technologies - with a close look at their security challenges
  • Enable or leverage cloud and hybrid cloud solutions where it makes sense, that can work with your on-premise infrastructure.

Options are:

  • Replace existing systems with new, on-premise Windows Server operating systems
  • Consider an IaaS solution for existing Windows Server workloads, with a migration to Windows Server 2016
  • Or move to software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for the applications currently served by Windows Server systems.

Go all out

This is a good opportunity to create or refresh your IT strategy. You could survey your users, set critical success factors and KPIs, do risk analysis, negotiate management buy-in, etc. But in the real world, you should at least:

  • Identify your Windows Server environments and what apps and workloads they support
  • Set down what your ideal state will be and determine your priorities
  • Look at your existing applications and determine which will migrate easily, which could or should be upgraded, which can be retired by transferring their function to another application and which can be retired altogether
  • Identify which application and services can be virtualised and which can be move to the cloud
  • Start planning your IT support, management, and training post-migration
  • HP offers IT Transformation and Migration Services.

Evotec can help you engage with HPE to do a Migration Assessment to advise on which applications should be migrated directly to the cloud (such as HP Helion Managed Cloud) with little or no change, which can be migrated to the cloud with application transformation, and which should be upgraded to Windows Server 2016 in a traditional environment.

Evotec is a Silver HPE Partner - for a free consultation for your enterprise, call Evotec IT Director, Chris Molloy on 1300 133 996.