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HP Parades the ProLiant Generation 8

F.Y. Teng | March 16, 2012
The new line of servers is said to be "the industry's most self-sufficient line of servers."

In resurgent mode, the world's largest technology company HP announced on Friday (March 16, 2012) the late March availability of the ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8), which it referred to as "the industry's most self-sufficient line of servers."

According to HP executives, the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers came out of a US$300 million initiative-dubbed Project Voyager-"to redefine data centre economics by automating every aspect of the server life cycle" that also yielded more than 900 patents and the HP ProActive Insight systems architecture.

Together, they said, the HP ProLiant Gen8 and HP ProActive Insight-which are scheduled for global availability by the end of March 2012 at prices upwards of US$1,723-provide customer organisations "with intelligent technologies that automate tasks and significantly improve uptime" and should go a long way toward addressing the major performance and operational issues associated with enterprise systems.

They went on to talk specifically about what the new server system could do to deliver value for enterprises running "a typical 10,000 square foot data centre," including how it "triples administrator productivity by eliminating most manual operations," increases "compute capacity per watt of energy by 70 percent" and "automates energy efficiency while eliminating 100 percent of manual configuration and inventory process errors", and by automatically analysing "its own health across 1,600 data points" enables clients to "resolve unplanned downtime issues up to 66 percent faster" than previously possible.

Stephen Bovis, Vice President & General Manager, Industry Standard Servers and Software, HP Asia Pacific and Japan, who was on hand to comment on the HP ProLiant Gen8 launch, highlighted serious cost problems facing data centre operators today and said that customers were looking to his company for help in this area. He followed that up with: "We are delivering innovative intelligence technologies that enable servers to virtually take care of themselves, allowing data centre staff to devote more time to business innovation."


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