HP has added a pair of systems to its eighth-generation HP ProLiant server family, which cram four-socket designs into a smaller form factor, allowing for denser datacentre deployments in private cloud environments.
Available immediately, the HP ProLiant BL660c and DL560 (pictured above) are based on Intel's latest Xeon E5-4600 processor family.
HP claimed the systems are ideal for virtualisation, database applications and other data-intensive workloads where optimum use of datacentre space and price/performance is paramount.
The ProLiant DL560 is a 2U rack-mount design that can be configured with up to 1.5TB of memory and has five drive bays for SAS or SSD drives.
The ProLiant BL660c server blade slims down to half the width of the previous generation while still fitting in four processor sockets, 1TB of memory and two SAS, SATA or SSD drives.
HP claims the systems are the first four-socket servers to incorporate its HP ProActive Insight Architecture, a collection of technologies aimed at easing the IT management overhead for server administrators.
The firm also claims the new servers offer 50 percent better memory performance than rival vendor products, ultimately allowing for customers to consolidate more virtual machines onto fewer servers.
Starting prices for the ProLiant DL560 and ProLiant BL660c are $5,912 and $7,970 respectively.
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