HP unveils $300m Proliant revamp

HP has made 150 modifications to the Proliant server family to cut datacentre administration costs

HP has made what it claims is its biggest announcement in six years, with Project Voyager, an update to the market-leading Proliant x86 server family.

Voyager is the 8th generation and the culmination of a $300 million R&D project to introduce 150 "client inspired” innovations, which HP said will tackle the pressure on datacentres. “The Generation 8 server is the world’s first self-sufficient server to cut overheads and downtime. Generation 8 servers are so intelligent they virtually look after themselves,” claimed Paul Kimber, industry standard servers and software manager for UK and Ireland.

Julian Keetch, UK and Ireland product manager for industry standard servers at HP, said: “Each server has an active health system, a chip on-board that records everything that happens on the server.” 

He said the chip contains embedded management software, which IT administrators can use to boot up and configure new servers quickly: "Once the server is connected to the network you can send down an OS image, without turning it on.”

The new Proliant offers what HP calls Dynamic Workload Acceleration. By using solid state disk drives and workload–aware analytics intelligence, HP claims the server can run storage-intensive applications seven times faster.

The server also provides built-in thermal modelling, using 32-senors that build a 3D image of hotspots. Keetch said the thermal imaging allows the server to run its fans dynamically to cool hotspots.

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