HP leaks Xeon server details

The maker of expensive printer ink, HP, has accidentally leaked some details of its Proliant Gen8 servers ahead of their official launch.

The leak was on HP’s website which provides some basic details of single- and dual-socket BL, ML and DL Gen8 servers. The servers will use Intel’s upcoming Xeon E5 processors. The details have since vanished from the site but not before they were spotted by the eagle eyed hacks at PC World .

One of the servers, the imaginatively titled single-socket ProLiant BL460c, will be a small-form-factor server based on Intel’s E5-2650L.

They will ship with HP’s last ideas about networking, I/O, storage and management capabilities.

We expect HP to provide a few more details about the server range later this month.

There is an invite being passed around where HP threatens to share news about “ground-breaking, new enterprise technology and services that redefine customer data centre experiences and economics”.

Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager of HP Enterprise Servers, Storage, Networking and Technology Services, is expected to speak at the event so that more or less makes the announcement certain.

What we know is that the Gen8 servers will eventually replace the Proliant G7 family, which was introduced in March 2010 and is based on x86 processors.

It looks like HP wants to drop AMD from the equation to make it easier to tightly integrate components and software in its servers to make deployment and management easier.

It follows a general trend in the server market to make hardware that is specialised for particular uses rather than taking a swiss army knife approach.

G7s are targeted at virtualised environments and it can be expected that the G8s will head there too.

After the G8s, HP will start ramping up interest for its server designs based on low-power microprocessors from ARM. These are expected to be out for testing by the middle of the year.