HP debuts self-sufficient servers

HP debuts self-sufficient servers

Summary: HP has unveiled the next phase of Project Voyager, a venture designed to "redefine the economics and expectations of datacentre operations in the cloud era", with the debut of its new ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers for enterprise customers.

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HP has unveiled the next phase of Project Voyager, a venture designed to "redefine the economics and expectations of datacentre operations in the cloud era", with the debut of its new ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers for enterprise customers.

Boasted as "the world's most self-sufficient line of servers", the Gen8 servers have HP's ProActive Insight hardware and software architecture, which are designed to deliver server life-cycle automation, continuous intelligence on server health, power usage and other diagnostics.

Thus, the configuration is touted to deploy online system updates at least three times faster, with 93 per cent less downtime.

Mark Potter, senior vice president and general manager of HP's Industry Standard Servers and Software unit, explained in prepared remarks the inspiration and goals behind Gen8, as well as Project Voyager:

The skyrocketing cost of operations in the datacentre 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 datacentre staff to devote more time to business innovation.

Several of the over 150 client-designed innovations built in to the kit see the ProLiant Gen8 servers:

  • Enable IT staff to save over 30 days of administration time per year per person, in an average 10,000 square-foot datacentre

  • Improve data-intensive storage performance by approximately seven times with a converged server

  • Save $7 million in energy costs in a single datacentre over three years, while delivering roughly double compute-per-watt capacity

  • Automatically analyse their own health across 1600 data points, so they can enable clients to resolve unplanned downtime periods up to 66 per cent faster.

Project Voyager, which launched in November last year to "automate every aspect of the server life cycle", is actually the third instalment in HP's roadmap to transform the server market. The first two missions, Project Moonshot and Odyssey, tackled building servers for extremely low-energy computing, and mission-critical computing, respectively.

HP ProLiant Gen8 servers are available through an early-adopter program starting today, and general availability worldwide launches in March.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Servers

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