HP has announced that the next generation of its ProLiant and BladeSystem server families will include models powered by Intel’s latest Xeon 5100 and 5000 dual-core processors.
The company has made improvements in key subsystems around management, networking, storage and power efficiency to help reduce the cost of ownership and improve system performance. Moreover, for certain enterprise applications, HP claims that the ProLiant servers can improve power-to-performance ratios and increase overall system performance by as much as 48% and improve certain enterprise application performance by nearly 101%.
Using what HP calls a balanced architecture design, simplified platform transitions and improved IT efficiency, the new machines are intended to maximise dual-core processor performance and increase total system performance for critical applications in datacentre and virtual server environments.
Architecture enhancements include new Smart Array RAID controllers and small form factor Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technologies, multifunction networking, increased memory capacity and high speed, remote lights-out access.
HP has also announced a new universal drive for all ProLiant servers using small form factor SAS disk drives. This approach is said to eliminate multiple drive technology transitions and simplifies management.
There is also an Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) 2 management processor with virtual KVM and improved power management capabilities. iLO 2 offers control of ProLiant and BladeSystem servers from any web browser, in order to drive down the cost of managing the platforms by reducing visits to remote sites and lights-out datacentres while eliminating the need for multiple remote management systems.
The servers have been qualified against and will support all industry standard major operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux and VMware.