HP Delivers Industry's First Purpose-Built Server for Big Data
HP ProLiant SL4500 Server Series Redefines Performance, Economics
PALO ALTO, CA, Nov 15, 2012 (Menafn - MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --HP HPQ today unveiled the industry's first server built tohelp clients operationalize Big Data, drive new businessopportunities and save up to 1 million over three years.(1)
With the advent of Big Data software and the promise that it brings,many organizations have tried to deploy these solutions on existingarchitectures not designed to handle the specific needs of theseworkloads. As a result, the outcomes from these early deploymentshave been suboptimal from a performance and cost perspective.
"Big Data application environments such as Hadoop, MPP datawarehouses, Big Data analytics and object stores have very differentworkload requirements," said Dan Vesset, vice president, BusinessAnalytics Research, IDC. "Given the large and varied amounts offast-moving data that needs to be stored and accessed quickly and thedifferent requirements of end users, these workloads can be highlyvaried, complex and inefficient to manage if run on traditionalhardware infrastructure. In order to fully embrace the promise of BigData, it is critical that the underlying infrastructure be optimizedfor the workload."
The new HP ProLiant SL4500 server series is the only solution purposebuilt for Big Data environments. It provides maximum performance,productivity and cost-effectiveness in an ultradense solutionrequired by these workloads. Built on HP Converged Infrastructure,the new server offers a highly efficient design that consumes up to50 percent less space, 61 percent less power and 31 percent lowercost while using 63 percent fewer cables.(1)
Modular architecture optimizes results for workload specificapplications The modular design of the HP ProLiant SL4500 serverseries offers varied compute and storage configurations that enableclients to optimize their infrastructure for a workload-specificapplication, removing the need to piece together incongruent hardwarefor the supporting infrastructure.
With a single, cost-effective architecture, the HP ProLiant SL4500server series also supports multiple Apache Hadoop vendors includingCloudera and Hortonworks, as well as additional software includingOpenStack Cloud Software and MongoDB.
"Enterprises that leverage Cloudera's Platform for Big Data to unlockinsights across all of their data benefit from deployinginfrastructure components optimized for the extreme demands of BigData workloads," said Amr Awadallah, chief technology officer,Cloudera. "By designing a server purpose built for Big Data, HP isoffering the market a seamless new approach to processing large datasets efficiently and cost-effectively."
HP innovation delivers greater performance and density The HPProLiant SL4500 Gen8 server series, with HP Smart Array technology,delivers industry-leading performance with a nearly seven timesfaster input/output operations per second (IOPS) than existingarchitectures.(2) With the smart analytics of HP SmartCache, thesystem will optimize storage traffic to ensure the lowest latencyresponse and up-front investment.
Current server offerings cannot address the rapidly growing amountsof storage and servers for Big Data, forcing IT leaders to acquireadditional expensive data center space. However, the new HP ProLiantSL4500 server series solves this problem by deliveringindustry-leading storage density of up to 240 terabytes (TB) in asingle 4.3-rack-unit (U) chassis, or 2.16 petabytes (PB) with nineservers in an industry-standard 42-U rack.(3)
As a result of this extreme density, clients realize significant costsavings, greater performance and increased efficiency.
Safeguard Big Data, simplify management and support with HP ProLiantGen8 The latest member of the HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) family,the HP SL4500 server series is built with HP ProActive InsightArchitecture, which embeds intelligence and automation capabilitiesallowing 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
percent than previous generations with HP Intelligent
HP enhances scale-out server portfolio HP also announced updates toits high-performance computing (HPC) portfolio, enabling clients tomaximize the performance benefits of the latest processing technologyfrom Intel and NVIDIA.
The HP ProLiant SL270s Gen8 server offers maximized processordensity, with the ability to support up to eight Intel(R) XeonPhi(TM) coprocessors or eight NVIDIA(R) Kepler(TM) graphic processingunits (GPUs) per server. The HP ProLiant SL270s and SL250s Gen8servers now support the latest NVIDIA Kepler GPUs and newly announcedIntel Xeon Phi coprocessors, enabling clients to select the bestaccelerator or coprocessor for their specific workloads.
Pricing and availability(5) The HP ProLiant SL4500 server series ina single node configuration is available immediately worldwide for astarting price of 7,643.
The new HP ProLiant SL270s Gen8 servers will be available next month,with for a starting price of 6,166. The HP ProLiant SL250s Gen8servers will be available with NVIDIA Kepler and Intel Xeon Phiprocessors early next year for a starting price of 5,659.
HP's premier Europe, Middle East and Africa client event, HPDiscover, takes place Dec. 4-6 in Frankfurt, Germany.
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(1) Based on internal calculations comparing Dell PowerEdge R510servers plus four units of Dell Power Vault MD1200 direct attachstorage, which consumes seven racks, 28 servers, 112 JBOD (just abunch of disks) enclosures, 14 networking switches, 448 cables and 79kilowatts of power to HP ProLiant SL4500 servers consuming threeracks, six networking switches, 168 cables and 31 kilowatts of power.Savings of 0.5M in acquisition costs (or CAPEX); 0.25M savings inpower, cooling and distribution costs; and 0.2M savings due to rentof data center floor space over a three-year period. (2) Based oninternal testing that compares an HP ProLiant G7 server with astandard 15K SAS drive to that of HP ProLiant Gen8 server with asolid state drive. (3) Based on internal calculations. Single-nodeconfiguration of HP SL4500 server is capable of providing up to 60LFF (3.5-inch) SAS/SATA/SSD hard drives in a 4.3U chassis. Using the4TB SAS/SATA hard drives that will be available early FY2013, everySL4500 server can provide 240 TB of storage capacity. A total of upto nine SL4500 servers can be installed in a single 42U rack toprovide a maximum storage capacity of 2.16PB by using 540 LFF harddrives of 4TB capacity. (4) HP internal comparison: HP ProLiant G7to HP ProLiant G8. (5) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual pricesmay vary.
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