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HP ProLiant G8 Servers

Next-generation HP Proliant servers
Redefining data center expectations and economics with the world’s most self-sufficient servers



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The case for a new generation of servers

The cloud era is upon us, and it’s driving insatiable demand for all things digital. Consider these facts: Around the world, 2 billion Internet users conduct 1.6 trillion online searches each year.

Facebook alone has 800 million active users.
Factors like these contribute to a staggering 50 percent monthly growth rate in the volume of data

Now consider your data center. If you have a typical 10,000 square foot data center, you can expect your storage capacity to grow by 45 percent each year—creating ever-growing management challenges. All of that data has to be stored, protected, and analyzed to create business insights.

The flood of data that washes through your data center creates a ripple effect on your server infrastructure. Every new rack of storage creates the need for an additional seven racks of servers that must be integrated into your environment, managed, powered, cooled, and supported on an ongoing basis.

All of this drives up costs. For every $1 spent on storage, an additional $6.90 is spent on server hardware, management, and energy costs. It all adds up to a total economic impact of $260 billion dollars for data centers worldwide. And these costs come at a time when up to 70 percent of current IT budgets are consumed by basic operations, leaving only 30 percent for business innovation.

Clearly, something has to change.

The case for a new generation of servers

The cloud era is upon us, and it’s driving insatiable demand for all things digital. Consider these facts: Around the world, 2 billion Internet users conduct 1.6 trillion online searches each year. Facebook alone has 800 million active users. Factors like these contribute to a staggering 50 percent monthly growth rate in the volume of data.

Now consider your data center. If you have a typical 10,000 square foot data center, you can expect your storage capacity to grow by 45 percent each year—creating ever-growing management challenges. All of that data has to be stored, protected, and analyzed to create business insights.

The flood of data that washes through your data center creates a ripple effect on your server infrastructure. Every new rack of storage creates the need for an additional seven racks of servers that must be integrated into your environment, managed, powered, cooled, and supported on an ongoing basis.

All of this drives up costs. For every $1 spent on storage, an additional $6.90 is spent on server hardware, management, and energy costs. It all adds up to a total economic impact of $260 billion dollars for data centers worldwide. And these costs come at a time when up to 70 percent of current IT budgets are consumed by basic operations, leaving only 30 percent for business innovation.

Clearly, something has to change.

HP brings intelligence to Converged Infrastructure

At HP, we believe it’s time for a new way forward. For decades, IT systems have been getting incrementally faster, smaller, and more affordable. In the cloud era, they need to become infinitely more intelligent.

This goal is at the heart of Project Voyager, a two-year, $300 million HP engineering and development initiative to eliminate many manual tasks across the IT lifecycle. Though this initiative, HP is fundamentally redefining the expectations and economics of the data center by creating systems so intelligent they virtually take care of themselves. The next generation of the HP ProLiant server family is the first step on this far-reaching mission.

HP ProLiant Gen8—the world’s most self sufficient servers

HP ProLiant Gen8 servers are built for the new and emerging realities in today’s data centers. With a wide range of embedded automation and intelligent management features, these are the world’s most self- sufficient servers.

Powered by the HP ProActive Insight architecture, next-generation ProLiant servers continuously analyze thousands of system parameters to optimize application performance and proactively improve uptime. All the while, they provide your organization with insight into virtually every aspect of your IT infrastructure.

These client-inspired servers propel your organization forward with more than 150 design innovations. These innovations help you increase application performance by up to 50 percent, shift staff time to business innovation, extend data center capacity, and improve uptime by preventing data loss and failures.

Ultimately, the advances in the new ProLiant family go far beyond incremental improvements to the components into the server chassis. They transform the entire server experience.

Transforming the server experience

With its unprecedented set of innovations, the new ProLiant family provides the heart and mind of a self-aware and intelligent converged infrastructure. In this new world of IT, servers are so intelligent they eliminate tedious, time-consuming tasks. They converge storage, compute, and I/O to turbo-charge application performance. They maximize the use of space, power, and cooling. They redefine the service experience. And they fit naturally into your environment because they were designed for the way you work.

Let’s take a closer look at how the new ProLiant family delivers these benefits.

Integrated lifecycle automation

Servers so intelligent they eliminate tedious, time- consuming tasks
In too many cases, the data center workday is a steady stream of error alerts, system events, installation and update issues, and calls to support desks. These realities drive the need for intelligent servers that eliminate tedious, time-consuming tasks.

That’s the next-generation HP ProLiant family with the HP ProActive Insight architecture. You’ll notice the ProLiant difference right out of the box with Intelligent Provisioning capabilities that help you bring your systems online three times faster—thanks to a fully integrated system and OS configuration tool. All your needed firmware, drivers, and tools are pre-loaded and ready to deploy. No CDs to load. No software to find. No guesswork.

You can start troubleshooting five times faster with HP Active Health technology—your 24/7 mission control for automated monitoring, diagnostics, and alerting. It monitors and securely logs more than 1,600 system parameters and 100 percent of configuration changes. And with the built-in Smart Update feature, you can deploy updates three times faster—and with 93 percent less downtime.

Dynamic workload acceleration

Servers so intelligent they converge storage, compute, and I/O to turbo-charge application performance
To stay ahead of data growth, your IT team needs to remove storage bottlenecks and accelerate data-intensive application performance. These requirements drive the need for smarter servers that converge storage, compute, and I/O to turbo-charge application performance.

That’s what you’ll find in the next-generation HP ProLiant family with the HP ProActive Insight architecture. You’ll be poised to meet the demands of virtualized and data-intensive workloads with a system optimized for solid state disk and designed with smart data services that analyze workload data in real time to optimize performance and efficiency. By combining smarter algorithms and analytics with 85 percent faster storage performance and twice the cache capacity, HP ProLiant servers deliver six times faster solid state storage performance versus previous generations.

Along with faster performance, the new HP ProLiant family gives you up to 50 percent more drives per server, and the built-in Smart Array controller can support twice the number of drives in one RAID array.

Automated energy optimization

Servers and infrastructure so intelligent they maximize the use of space, power, and cooling. As data centers grow, power and cooling costs take an ever-larger bite out of the IT budget. HP helps you bite back with server infrastructure so smart it automatically maximizes the use of space, power, and cooling. That’s the story of the next-generation HP ProLiant servers with the ProActive Insight architecture and its technologies for automated energy optimization.

You’ll reduce energy usage and increase compute capacity with HP Thermal Discovery Services. This feature helps you squeeze the most IT out of every bit of data center power and cooling capacity—and reduce energy consumption by 10 percent compared to an HP ProLiant G6 server.

HP Location Discovery Services self-identify and inventory servers to optimize workload placement—without the need for tedious, error- prone manual asset collection and tracking. And all the while, HP Power Discovery Services with the HP Intelligent PDU automatically track power usage and document configurations to increase system uptime and reduce the risk of outages.

ProActive Service and Support

Servers so intelligent they redefine the service experience

In today’s data centers, valuable staff time is too often lost to IT support issues. Next-generation HP ProLiant servers with the HP ProActive Insight architecture help you reclaim the time of your system administrators with servers so intelligent they redefine the service experience.

HP Insight Online provides the industry’s first cloud-based IT management and support portal, offering one-stop access to the information your team needs to support the devices in your IT environment—from anywhere, anytime. When you enable the Insight Remote Support feature, it connects the rich data gathered by HP Insight Online directly to your HP Certified Service Professional to reduce your problem resolution time by as much as 40 percent.

To further improve infrastructure uptime, look to HP Proactive Support Services—including a new “direct-to-expert” support process that delivers instant access to HP server experts for faster problem resolution. You can also count on more than 2,000 HP ServiceONE partners to provide the highest levels of local expertise backed by HP’s global resources.

System Architecture and Design

Servers so intelligent because they were designed for the way you work

When it comes to server maintenance, simple mistakes can trigger big problems. Remove the wrong drive and you might lose data across an entire array. Next-generation HP ProLiant servers with the HP ProActive Insight architecture and intelligent system components help you virtually eliminate common problems that cause failures, downtime, and data loss.

That’s the case with the HP Smart Drive carrier. It proactively warns you not to remove a drive if the action will cause data loss. In another customer-inspired innovation, the HP Smart Socket guide allows you to confidently add or upgrade processors without the fear of bending pins that lead to motherboard failure and replacement.

The new ProLiant family makes servicing easier with more than 150 design innovations to increase your productivity and confidence during setup, upgrade, and repair. One example: Tool-less access everywhere reduces the time to install or remove components by up to 60 percent.

 

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