Gen10: HPE Intros Next-Generation Server Platform


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Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Monday unveiled its latest server platform, one the company said incorporates the latest in storage and memory technology and will be ready for future versions of those technologies as they are released.

"We’ll have it on the DL500, the DL300, the DL100, as we roll out those products, and even the DL10 series," Peters told CRN. "We’ll have it on those as they become delivered. Also on our tower platform. Also on our Synergy platforms … Anything that uses our iLO [Integrated Lights Out] technology, that’s where you’ll find it because that’s what it’s embedded in."

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HPE’s Gen10 servers also will be a key component of what Peters called "HPE's new compute experience" for accelerating applications and business insight. That new compute experience provides comprehensive agility, security, and simplicity and control, he said.

"[Customers are] looking for business outcomes, but they need applications such as persistent memory that drive decision making, and with large amounts of data that becomes increasingly important," he said.

HPE has shown itself to be one of the top server innovators, said Mike Strohl, CEO of Entisys360, a Concord, Calif.-based solution provider and HPE channel partner.

"Absolutely, without question, a leader in server innovation," Strohl told CRN. "And I expect it will continue to accelerate that innovation."

HPE is on the right track with the introduction of the Gen10 servers, said Marc Lemke, CTO of Camera Corner Connecting Point, a Green Bay, Wis.-based solution provider and longtime HPE partner.

"HPE servers have been a huge part of our product line, and will be even more so with the Gen10’s new firmware, storage and security," Lemke told CRN.

With the Gen10 servers come a number of technologies HPE hopes will help maintain its server leadership, Peters said.

The first is the company’s new persistent memory technology. Persistent memory combines the performance of DRAM with the persistence of traditional SSDs or spinning disk. With persistent memory, HPE combines standard DRAM along with NAND flash memory and a micro-controller with an integrated battery on a module that fits in a standard memory slot.

Unlike the first generation of persistent memory, which was available as 8-GB NVDIMMs, the latest generation, which will debut with the Gen10 servers, will be available in 16-GB modules, he said.

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