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However, Moore Computing's Moore said, it does include such ProLiant Gen8 features as Intelligent Provisioning for quick and simple installation and setup, instant out-of-box server set up and deployment, remote management technology, and proactive health monitoring.
Even so, he said, there are better choices for SMB customers.
"Even in a one-man shop, I'd rather put in a second-hand, 4-year-old ML350 with an HP Care Pack extended warranty," he said.
Marc Lemke, CTO of Camera Corner Connecting Point, a Green Bay, Wis.-based solution provider and HP partner, said he spent some time with the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8, and said it might be sufficient for SOHO users.
However, Lemke said, it supports RAID 1 and RAID 0 out of the box, can support RAID 5 with an add-on card, and does not support RAID 10. Furthermore, he said, the 8-port switch is an option.
"You add in the RAID card and switch, and I'm not sure if there's much of a price difference with HP's ML servers," he said.
Even so, Lemke said the fact that it includes the ProLiant Gen8 features is a plus. "With ProLiant's iLO 4 management feature, you can manage both the server and the switch," he said. "For a small business without an IT person, to be able to remote in and manage both with one interface is very attractive."
Also introduced at HP Discover was the HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2, a single-processor tower server with full ProLiant Gen8 capabilities. They are based on either the Intel Core i3-3220, Xeon E3-1220vw or Xeon E3-1240v2 processors and include up to 12 TB of internal storage, 16 GB of memory and four PCIe slots.
Moore said he will look at the ML310e Gen8 servers. "But in the past, we settled on the ML350 as our minimum platform for tower servers," he said. "The price difference between it and the older ML310 servers was so insignificant that we just went with the ML350."
HP's Donatelli also introduced the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 servers, a line of single-processor, rack-optimized servers he said are suitable for small business users or embedding into other equipment.