Fifth generation ProLiant server review

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HP has introduced the ProLiant DL785 G5, a powerful and scalable eight-socket x86 server based on quad-core AMD Opteron processor technology.

Part of HP’s rack-dense family, the new server is designed to take up to eight quad-core 8300 series Opteron processors, effectively making it a 32-way SMP platform.

A massive 8GB of ECC protected memory also comes as a standard, which can be expanded to 256GB with further enhancement to 512GB when larger capacity memory modules become available.

Up to 16 internal hot-plug disks can be accommodated inside the 7U chassis, which also features redundant power supplies and cooling fans, plus dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, 11 PCI-e expansion slots and an integrated HP Lights Out remote management controller.

A highly scalable server, DL785 has a clear role as a virtualization platform to consolidate multiple servers and reduce the management, energy and space issues associated with server sprawl.

At the launch HP also announced new data centre consolidation and virtualisation services, together with a clutch of new software products including the forthcoming release of HP Insight Dynamics – VSE, which it claims to be the first software tool able to analyse and optimise both physical and virtual resources.