HP Gen8 - The Next Great Thing in Virtual Servers

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
April 3, 2012

The new ProLiant Generation 8—or ‘Gen8’ as it’s affectionately called—is being acclaimed as the next great thing in blade server technology, perfect for server virtualization and cloud computing solutions. With over $300 million invested in Gen8 over the last two years, and over 900 new patents on technologies going into the server itself, some of the benefits that the Gen8 claims to deliver are potential game-changers indeed:

> 3x increased administrator productivity with HP Smart Update

> 6x performance increase for demanding workloads

> Delivers 70% more compute per watt

> 66% faster problem resolution with industry's first comprehensive, cloud-based management and support portal

Two other intriguing technologies built into the Gen8 could also be of great interest to data centers:

> Smart Socket – which HP claims will eliminate bent pins, the leading cause of motherboard failures
> Smart Drive – which is the addition of a “Do Not Remove” LED which should help reduce (if not eliminate) data loss as a result of removing the wrong drive

Mark Potter, SVP and GM for industry standard servers and software, has recently said:

In the cloud computing era, the current problems faced by data center administrators only get worse. Over the next 60 seconds, for example, more than 200-million searches will be conducted on the Internet, and in two years’ time, the amount of data we’re currently storing will quadruple. These are the kinds of issues that are driving the sale of more than 7,000 new servers a day – and this just doesn’t scale anymore.

With this new architecture we can deliver a five-month ROI to customers. And here we are not even considering the next generation of processors which, we believe, are just around the corner. So this ROI timeframe will get dramatically better as we move forward.

HP seems to be leading the way here in introducing technology designed to address the surge of virtualization and cloud computing solutions. Data creation – and the subsequent need to store and manage that data – is growing at an alarming speed. It’ll be interesting to see additional data center technology introductions in the months ahead to see how they address ‘Big Data.’

Any predictions?

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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