Hewlett Packard (HP) unveiled its next generation servers, the Proliant Gen8, which integrates new technologies to reduce maintenance and power costs without sacrificing Uptime stability. With their new servers, HP is hoping to address the need to balance limited space and power costs, with greater processing power. The Proliant Gen8 servers are built with new hardware and software technology allowing for a better performance-per-watt ratio in addition to reducing the manual labor required of server updates.
Hewlett Packard’s new Gen8 servers will implement automatic updating and server load-balancing technologies to help save millions of dollars in power, maintenance, and labor costs. One of these power saving features is the Gen8 server’s 3-D Sea of Senses, a new technology where over utilized servers are identified based on real-time location, power, workload, and temperature. With the aforementioned data, System Administrators can now redirect strenuous workloads to multiple servers, allowing each server to operate at peak efficiency.
The technologies built within the new wave of servers were cultivated from a two-year, US$300 million research program code-named, ‘Project Voyager’, which resulted in a new systems architecture called, ‘HP ProActive Insight’. The purpose of the research program was to find ways to automate data center tasks while reducing costs.
To further mitigate the costs of operating a data center, HP’s servers are expected to improve airflow efficiency to cool servers with its Thermal Discovery Services. Over a three-year span, the technology can save approximately US$640,000 per year in a 10,000-square-foot data center.
The Proliant Gen8 will have improved memory, networking bandwidth, and storage capabilities over its predecessor, the Proliant G7. These improved capabilities will account for a 50 percent increase in performance. Additionally, the Gen8 will support up to 50 percent more internal storage drives per server.
Hewlett Packard’s Gen8 server is expected to be available to businesses this March.