HP unveils new Proliant Gen8 server family,claims significant data centre savings

Bangalore, April 3, 2012 – Project Voyager, HP’s 2-year, 300 million dollar development programme to redefine the economics of data centres, culminated this week with the unveiling world-wide, of a new series of servers: the HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen 8). The project has already seen 900 patents filed and a systems architecture defined: HP ProActive Insight. 

HP ProLiant Gen8 claims to triple data centre administrator productivity by eliminating most manual operations such as server updates, which typically take five hours of administrator time per rack of servers. The industry-first HP Smart Update feature can perform the same update in 10 minutes or less. The Gen 8 also features HP 3-D Sea of Sensors, a technology that identifies over-utilized servers based on real-time location, power, workload and temperature data, increasing compute capacity per watt of energy by 70 percent. Fuelled by HP Active Health and HP Insight Online technologies, Gen8 automatically analyzes its own health across 1,600 data points. Through self monitoring, self diagnosing and proactive support, clients can resolve unplanned downtime issues up to 66 percent faster

Said Vikram K, Director, Industry Standard Servers, HP India at the April 3 launch event: “The skyrocketing cost of operations in the data center is unsustainable, and enterprises are looking to HP to help solve this problem. We are delivering innovative intelligence technologies that enable servers to virtually take care of themselves, allowing data center staff to devote more time to business innovation.”

The new HP ProLiant Gen8 platforms are shipping with starting prices  from US$1,723 to $2,878.. They include HP ProLiant ML tower servers for remote and branch offices and versatile HP ProLiant DL rack-mount servers that deliver a balance of efficiency and performance. Also included are HP ProLiant BL blade servers for cloud-ready Converged Infrastructure and HP ProLiant SL scalable system servers built for web, cloud and massively scaled environments. http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/whatsnew/proliantgen8/index.aspx