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Hp?s Low-cost, No-fuss Starter Server: Proliant Microserver Gen8

HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 in pictures

The switch has enough smarts to detect and list all MicroServers on its network, so administrators dont have to hop from iLO to iLO to manage them; they just click the name of the server they want to work on from within the switchs browser-based management interface. For larger offices, you can connect several switches, but theres also a $429 24 port model (it doesnt fit on top of the MicroServer, though). Both switches are covered by HPs enhanced lifetime warranty, which includes three years of 24/7 phone support. You get a year of warranty coverage on the server, and can purchase more if you like. Hardware maintenance is mainly tool-free; HP includes the one tool you need to help you extract the motherboard if need be. A couple of thumbscrews secure the case, and most components are easily accessible and pop in and out easily but are not hot swappable. If a disk fails, you turn the server off before changing it. Theres also only one power supply; this is not a server for high availability applications which need redundant components! Server setup is simple and quick plug in network cables and power, and turn it on. HPs Intelligent Provisioning tools make initial configuration easy, and integrated management tools let the admin, whether onsite or remote, keep the MicroServer humming.
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HP previews ProLiant Gen8 servers

HP Figure 2 This includes a step where all appropriate drivers for HP hardware will be downloaded and installed with full support for the selected OS. This completely eliminates the frustration of not having the proper driver loaded or available when performing a new installation. Other boot-time configuration options include iLO 4 by pressing F8 and a wizard-based tool to configure local storage. Figure 3 iLO 4 keeps a wide range of information about your server in persistent logs available for your perusal (see Figure 3). You'll need the Advanced license to view some of the information such as a power meter graph like the one in Figure 4. HP sells the advanced licenses in single, multiple or enterprise versions.
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Server Review: HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 Blade Server

HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 Blade Server - Figure 1 Because it could not talk much about server feeds and speeds, HP's top brass talked about an array of management technologies that have been developed for the past two years under a $300m series of engineering efforts to revamp its server lines. The ProLiant Gen8 machines were "Project Voyager", and the main goal was to make servers a lot easier to manage and to give them substantially more I/O and storage bandwidth. The Gen8 machines will support PCI-Express 3.0 peripheral slots as everyone expects the Xeon E5 machines to but they will also sport new HP SmartArray disk controllers that are tuned for solid state disks and to offer more secure three-disk mirroring as well as tweaks in the memory modules that will let them run 25 per cent faster than other platforms while at the same time correcting for common memory errors. The Project Voyager effort sits alongside Project Moonshot, the low-energy server effort that HP announced back in early November, and Project Odyssey, revealed later that month, that will bring the Xeon processors from Intel to the Integrity and Superdome 2 classes of Itanium-based machines, while at the same time goosing Linux and Windows to be more HP-UX-like. HP is not, however, abandoning its Itanium-based Integrity and Superdome machines, nor is it abandoning HP-UX. So don't get the wrong idea. But it is conceding that some customers want the attributes of an HP-UX system but with commodity hardware and software. http://www.prodec.co.uk/products/hp-storageworks-lto-ultrium-960-tape-drive Add these three projects up, and HP is shelling out $300m over two years of development. The ProLiant Gen8 machines, HP says, incorporate over 150 new features that were driven by customer requirements. Mark Potter, general manager of the Industry Standard Servers and Software division at HP, said during a webcast previewing the Gen8 boxes that the company has applied for over 900 patents relating to the new technology it has developed.
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The breadth of responses shows how versatile HP's line of ProLiant MicroServers are, and the latest version, the Gen8, just ups the game once again. We received our HP ProLiant Microserver Gen8 today and while we haven't had time to test it out yet, we did manage to snap a lot of photos of this beauty. The first thing you'll notice is the size: This small cube can fit practically anywhere in your home or office and never be observed. Indeed, we did power the box up and couldn't even hear the fans over our main watercooled workstation.
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