Press Release: September 26, 2012

HP Introduces ProLiant Gen8 Servers That Enhance Virtualized Performance, Facilitate Move to Cloud

Ultradense four-socket servers reset performance bar

BEIJING -- HP today unveiled two new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) four-socket servers that facilitate customers’ move to cloud while delivering increased compute power in less space and  a return on investment within three months.(1)

The industry’s first four-socket servers to incorporate HP ProActive Insight Architecture, the HP ProLiant BL660c and DL560 Gen8 servers significantly reduce the time spent on maintenance tasks through high levels of automation and continuous monitoring of system health, saving IT staff more than 30 days of administration time a year.(2)

Clients are continuously virtualizing their compute-intensive applications in order to achieve greater utilization and efficiency, and to facilitate the move to private and hybrid clouds. Many clients have virtualized the basic infrastructure and smaller workloads, but a challenge still remains with more complex and higher-end workloads. Clients often face performance bottlenecks, data-center footprint and power limitations, and inadequate memory capacity from traditional two-socket servers. 

As building blocks for HP Converged Infrastructure, these multiprocessor servers satisfy the need for high-end compute power that enables clients to extend end-to-end virtualization and provide a foundation for creating private and hybrid clouds.

With a three-to-one server-consolidation rate(3) and reduced server footprint in the data center, the HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 server offers four-socket density in half the size of the previous generation(4), and reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 30 percent.(5)

Additionally, the HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 server provides a space-minimizing four-socket

server in a 2U form factor without compromising performance, scalability or expansion requirements.

New server capabilities in a powerful, compact footprint

The HP ProLiant BL660c and HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 servers were designed to drive better performance for complex, virtualized environments so clients can access their data faster, optimize their system to achieve higher-performing workloads and add more virtual machines (VMs) per server. The new servers deliver:

  • Improved storage performance with the first integrated PCIe 3.0 storage technology(6), providing twice the input/output bandwidth(7) and up to six times faster performance than previous generations.(8)
  • Enhanced VM support with a memory design that is five times more dense than competitive offerings(9) and delivers lower latency than previous generations.(10)
  • Up to 50 percent better memory performance than competitive offerings, enabling more consolidation of virtual applications on fewer servers.(11)

The new servers drive a balance of economics and density for customers, while optimizing application performance to help speed innovation and business growth. For example, ZTE Corporation, one of the world’s largest smartphone vendors, needed to break through its capacity limitation and enhance the adaptability of the traditional data center in order to be able to keep up the business rapid growth.

“We needed to modernize our data centers in order to keep up with rapid growth and to ensure continued service to our customers across 140 countries,” said Yu Yuan, product manager, ZTE Corporation—Guangdong NewStart Technology Service Ltd. “We chose the HP ProLiant DL 560 Gen8 server over the competition because it offered increased virtual machine densities to reduce space and cost, while improving performance, which enabled us to develop a platform to build private clouds.” 

Built on HP Proactive Insight Architecture

HP ProLiant Gen8 servers redefine expectations and economics in the data center by leveraging HP ProActive Insight Architecture to offer the new four-socket servers unprecedented lifecycle automation. A direct connection to the HP Insight Online portal accelerates problem resolution and reduced unplanned downtime. Through self monitoring, self diagnosing and proactive support, clients can resolve problems up to 66 percent faster.(12) 

The advanced technologies of the HP ProLiant Gen8 portfolio, tested in real-world data centers and built with 150 client-inspired design innovations, eliminate common server problems that cause failures, downtime and data loss.

Pricing and availability

The HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 and HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 are available worldwide for starting prices of $5,912 and $7,970, respectively.

HP’s premier Europe, Middle East and Africa client event, HP Discover, takes place
Dec. 4-6 in Frankfurt, Germany.


(1) Based on internal HP testing and calculations as of February 2012 on HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 servers compared to HP ProLiant DL380 G5 and G6 servers. ROI on the HP DL560 in 2.9 months, up to 85 percent reduction in monthly operating expenses and overall three-year TCO savings of 77 percent. ROI, operational costs and TCO may vary due to country-specific costs. Based on internal HP testing and calculations on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen8 servers compared to HP ProLiant DL380 G5 and G6 servers. ROI on the DL380 in five months. 

(2) HP internal measurements of administrator time savings for physical server management. Based on internal calculations comparing consolidation of three Dell M610 two-socket blades to one HP BL660c Gen8 four-socket server blade based on maximum VM capacity.

(3) HP BL660c Gen8 compared to HP BL680c G7.

(4) Based on internal calculations comparing consolidation of three Dell M610 two-socket blades to one HP BL660c Gen8 four-socket server blade based on maximum VM capacity. Thirty percent cost savings based on hardware acquisition, software and licenses, utilities (three years) and administrator labor (three years).

(5) HP first in market with four-socket servers with PCIe 3.0 storage.

(6) HP internal testing comparing PCIe 3.0 versus PCIe 2.0.

(7) HP internal testing. New Smart Array controllers (Gen8) compared to the current-generation Smart Array controllers (G7) in a RAID configuration. Performance varies depending on server configuration.

(8) Internal HP testing comparing memory capacity of HP BL660c Gen8 to the Dell PowerEdge M610x (192 GB per server and 1.5TB for eight servers in 10U for Dell versus 1.0 TB per server and 8.0 TB for eight servers in 10U for HP).

(9) HP Internal testing. Comparing the HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 running Intel Xeon E5-4600 has lower local idle latency and lower latency at maximum memory throughput vs. the DL580 G7 running Intel Xeon E7-4800.

(10) HP internal testing. Compares BL660c Gen8 memory performance to Dell’s PE M910. Internal testing also compares DL560 to Dell R910, shows 50% increase in memory performance (1600 vs. 1066).

(11) HP call center data based on an analysis of incident records during Q4’11. For customers using HP Insight Remote Support, hardware-related problems were solved 66 percent faster compared to customers not using HP IRS, and 95 percent of the time it was fixed on the first try. Based on analysis of more than 12,000 incident records per month across all regions for Q4’11 where an on-site visit or spare part was required.


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