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Hewlett-Packard this week unveiled the industry’s first server built to help clients operationalize Big Data, drive new business opportunities and save up to $1 million over three years.

With the advent of Big Data software and the promise that it brings, many organizations have tried to deploy these solutions on existing architectures not designed to handle the specific needs of these workloads. As a result, the outcomes from these early deployments have been suboptimal from a performance and cost perspective.  

“Big Data application environments such as Hadoop, MPP data warehouses, Big Data analytics and object stores have very different workload requirements. Given the large and varied amounts of fast-moving data that needs to be stored and accessed quickly and the different requirements of end users, these workloads can be highly varied, complex and inefficient to manage if run on traditional hardware infrastructure. In order to fully embrace the promise of Big Data, it is critical that the underlying infrastructure be optimized for the workload,” said Dan Vesset, vice president of business analytics research at IDC.

The new HP ProLiant SL4500 server series based on Intel Xeon E5-2400 microprocessors is the only solution purpose built for Big Data environments. It provides maximum performance, productivity and cost-effectiveness in an ultradense solution required by these workloads. Built on HP converged infrastructure, the new server offers a highly efficient design that consumes up to 50% less space, 61% less power and 31% lower cost while using 63% fewer cables.

The modular design of the HP ProLiant SL4500 server series offers varied compute and storage configurations that enable clients to optimize their infrastructure for a workload-specific application, removing the need to piece together incongruent hardware for the supporting infrastructure.

The HP ProLiant SL4500 Gen8 server series, with HP Smart Array technology, delivers industry-leading performance with a nearly seven times faster input/output operations per second (IOPS) than existing architectures, according to HP. With the smart analytics of HP SmartCache, the system will optimize storage traffic to ensure the lowest latency response and up-front investment. HP ProLiantSL4500 server family enables storage density of up to 240TB in a single 4.3-rack-unit (U) chassis, or 2.16PB with nine servers in an industry-standard 42-U rack.

With the HP ProLiant SL4540 Gen8 server customer have a choice of three, flexible compute nodes designed for different purposes:

  • One-node configuration with 60 drives is ideal for applications such as object storage requiring a large amount of storage capacity.
  • For applications such as email and data analytics, you get a more balanced core-to-spindle ratio with the two-node configuration, with 25 drives for each node.
  • With parallel processing applications such as Hadoop that require a balanced core-to-spindle ratio, the three-node configuration with 15 drives for each node is an ideal choice.

The latest member of the HP ProLiant Generation 8 family, the HP SL4500 is built with HP ProActive Insight Architecture, which embeds intelligence and automation capabilities allowing clients to:


  • Eliminate down time and safeguard valuable data with automated data protection and HP Predictive Spare Activation, which moves data to an alternate device before failures occur.
  • Ensure maximum server productivity with HP Active Health, and automate firmware updates with HP Smart Update.
  • Leverage the industry’s most comprehensive services, support and warranty offering with HP Insight Online.
  • Lower data center power costs and improve compute per watt by up to 70% than previous generations with HP Intelligent Infrastructure.

The HP ProLiant SL4500 server series in a single node configuration is available immediately worldwide for a starting price of $7643.

Tags: Hewlett-Packard, HP, ProLiant


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