HP announces ProLiant server upgrades

HP has announced that it will be upgrading its ProLiant blades and servers at the HP Tech Forum in Las Vegas.

HP is introducing scale-ups of three of its ProLiant servers and seven of its ProLiant G7 servers. The former will offer a memory footprint of up to 2TB, which HP says is an industry first. It will also have a “self-healing” capability for increased uptime, with a 200 percent boost in availability. It has a consolidation ratio up to 91:1.

The ProLiant G7 blade servers will offer another industry first of 1TB of memory, along with 10GB integrated Virtual Connect FlexFabric technology for I/O scalability. The greater capacity will allow business to operate at the same level while requiring 66 percent less hardware, which has the potential of saving a substantial amount of space.

The upgrades to the ProLiant line will also feature additional automation for faster and more efficient application delivery, which HP believes will free up business’ IT resources and result in lowered costs. It is even flaunting the idea that businesses can save money within 30 days of buying a ProLiant.

The ProLiant servers are essential parts of HP’s Converged Infrastructure, which HP touts as “the foundation for the data centre of the future”.

HP has a substantial market share in blade and x86 servers. The IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker reports that HP has a 56.1 percent share for blade servers and 39.2 percent share for x86 servers.

Last month HP encouraged users to switch from Intel’s Itanium servers to its x86 servers, probably in anticipation of this latest upgrade.