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New 8P server addresses capacity, growth needs

HP ProLiant DL785 G5 enables database and other applications to be scaled in accordance with increasing transaction volumes.

New 8P server addresses capacity, growth needs

Success is one ‘problem’ every enterprise wishes it had more of. But for IT managers running industry-standard two-processor (2P) servers, growing user communities and increasing transaction volumes can pose a challenge.

“They run out of capacity for expansion on the server itself and their user community continues to grow,” says Bob Kohut, HP Industry Standard Servers. “The drive to consolidate and virtualize only adds more urgency to the goal of attaining higher capacity and performance levels without expanding the footprint.”

Two-processor servers are a start, and it’s now time for many organizations to consider the next step.

“Industry-standard multiprocessor servers can provide an answer that will enable IT to meet surging demand,” Kohut says. “HP’s range of four-processor [4P] servers and the new eight-processor [8P] ProLiant DL785 G5 give users performance headroom and the ability to grow, all on the same industry-standard platform.”

One customer that understands the benefits of multiprocessor technology is Fiver Media, a provider of services and software to media companies. “We demand a lot from our HP ProLiant servers,” says Pete Wilson, Fiver Media’s NSA Systems Manager. “Our transactional database applications require very high memory bandwidth and low latency, something the ProLiant DL585 has handled expertly for years. The new, affordable eight-socket HP ProLiant DL785 offers an excellent avenue for scaling our database applications to meet our clients’ increasing transactional volume, with low risk and high return.”


The new eight-processor ProLiant DL785 G5 offers high memory bandwidth and low latency, giving users performance headroom and the ability to grow.

Kohut notes that HP’s 4P and 8P servers are ideally suited for:

  • Data mining
  • Business intelligence
  • Business analytics
  • Enterprise resource planning
  • Supply chain management
  • High-performance computing

“They also fit right in with a move to consolidate IT assets,” Kohut adds, “and consolidation is one of the main motives customers have for virtualization.”

The virtualization advantages of HP’s 4P and 8P ProLiant servers include:

  • High core density
  • Improved processing power
  • Expandable I/O
  • Large memory capacity

This combination means that users can run more heavy-duty loads on the same machine, easing consolidation and virtualization at the same time.

“Now you can stay on the x86 platform, run Linux®, Windows® or Solaris® on it, and do everything as you do today—except now you have a platform that relieves all those constraints,” Kohut says. “It’s a breath of fresh air.”


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Table of contents

Introduction

» Virtual for all the right reasons

Strategies

» The green standard
» Common Ground: Turning distress into ‘de-stress’

Feature

» Rethinking virtualization
» From IT tool to business enabler
» Virtualization beyond IT
» Built for virtualization
» IT leasing makes sense in tough times

Experiences

» The perfect virtual fit
» Selective outsourcing
» HP fuels The Indy Racing Experience
» Stepping up to service delivery
» The power of partnership
» Dressed for success

Solutions

» Pick-and-choose-support
» Getting the most out of outsourcing
» Teaching the data center to think green
» Storage briefs
» Data deduplication eases storage headaches

Technologies

» Mission-critical blades now available
» Taming the wild petabyte
» PDM moves up
» New 8P server addresses capacity, growth needs
» Storage for all sizes
» A SAN for all reasons
» Security without walls
» Putting petabytes to work for your company

Supplement

» The great leap forward
» Puzzled by power?
» The partner portfolio
» Server management simplified
» Two worlds as one
» The better road to open source
» Two blade servers in one
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