HP has introduced an update to its ProLiant line which will look to simplify the process of deploying and maintaining servers.
The company said that the ProLiant 8 series would be equipped with a suite of features designed to reduce the time to deploy and maintain software on hardware.
Dubbed 'Project Voyager,' the update is designed to create 'self-sufficient' servers which come bundled with support materials and make better use of internal monitoring and reporting tools to give administrators accurate reports when systems fail.
HP industry standard servers and software director of marketing Jeff Carlat told V3 that Project Voyager will seek to reduce much of the operational and overhead costs that occur when firms add new systems, an increasingly common problem with the ongoing explosion in data volumes.
"For every dollar of storage being purchased there is $6 going to server hardware, $2.75 spent on administration and $3.30 for the facilities, power and cooling," Carlat explained.
"Our view is that something has to change, this growth is unsustainable."
Among the solutions the company is offering in the new ProLiant line are more efficient heat and performance sensors, which reduce power consumption and provide administrators with precise location details when components fail.
Additionally, the servers will feature web-based management portals and embedded NAND chips which contain drivers and support materials which had conventionally been shipped with the hardware on DVDs.
For HP, the Project Voyager rollout is part of a larger effort by the company to modernise its entire datacentre and server platform. The company has poured research and development funds into a number of emerging fields, such as low-power ARM architecture servers.
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