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HPE is synonymous with data center computing. The HPE ProLiant Gen10 was shown off at Discover but now with the launch of the Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Family launch, the company can start marketing the servers to the general public. HPE is one of the top volume vendors of servers so whenever it unveils a new generation of servers, it is time to take notice.
HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Example
Like we have seen with Dell EMC and other vendors, HPE seems to be introducing updates to its Gen9 line in waves. One of the exciting platforms we are seeing in the first wave of launches in the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 replete with a gorgeous new faceplate.
The HPE ProLiant DL380 is designed to be highly configurable for a user’s workload. There are different front storage options, multiple networking, and storage controller flavors available.
HPE DL380 Gen10 Interior With Skylake SP
As you can see, the HPE ProLiant DL380 has many customization points and can be used with the range of Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Family CPUs. The HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 can handle up to 192GB of persistent memory. HPE is making a major push toward NVDIMMs with this generation.
Other key HPE ProLiant Gen10 launch week servers are the HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 which is a 1U dual socket server and the HPE ProLiant DL560 Gen10. The DL560 Gen10 is a 2U, quad socket server which means one has access to performance like we saw in our Quad Intel Platinum Xeon 8176 initial benchmarks in only 2U. For comparison our test system from the Intel OEM business was 4U and the Dell PowerEdge R940 is 3U giving HPE a 50-100% density advantage.
More HPE Features for Gen10
We wanted to highlight a few new features for Gen10. One example is iLO 5 which is the next generation of HPE’s management interface. We recently reviewed an HPE DL60 Gen9 with the iLO 4.
Beyond the iLO management interfaces, HPE’s other tools are upgraded to manage the new Gen10 servers.
One area that HPE, and other vendors, have been pushing in this product cycle is the idea of security. For example, the company is offering a Silicon Root of Trust based firmware security protection option. If you have the iLO Advanced Premium Security Edition you can have server firmware checked every 24 hours to ensure that the firmware has not been tampered with. If it has been you can rollback to the to last known good state or factory settings after detection of compromised code.
While the HPE ProLiant product pages have three new Gen10 models and the rest are listed as Gen9, we fully expect this to change over the next few months. Like other major vendors, HPE is releasing its products in phases with this generation. They are certainly great looking machines.