HP has overhauled its server portfolio, bringing Intel's latest Xeon E7 v3 to its scale-up systems, while also refreshing its scale-out Apollo boxes and ConvergedSystem solutions for running SAP HANA.
The firm also announced that its high-end Superdome X system is now certified for Windows.
Following Intel's official launch of the Xeon E7 v3 line of enterprise server chips this week, HP has announced a refresh of several key models in its scale-up portfolio, including the HP ProLiant DL580, DL560 and BL660c, now upgraded to Generation 9 thanks to the new silicon.
The HP ProLiant DL580 is a four-socket 4U rack-mount system for data-intensive workloads such as databases, while the ProLiant DL560 is a four-socket 2U system aimed at virtualisation and server consolidation, according to HP.
The BL660c is a four-socket server blade targeting converged infrastructure installations. These are set to be available from June.
Meanwhile, HP's high-end Integrity Superdome X platform has now been certified to run Windows Server, making it an ideal platform for hosting SQL Server 2014, according to Clive Freeman, chief technologist for HP's Enterprise group in the UK.
The SuperDome X was announced at the end of last year, introducing Xeon processors to the Superdome and Integrity NonStop lines that are otherwise Itanium-based.
"Superdome X is the very highest end of our high availability server market with features drawn from our NonStop environment like hard partitioning, 16 sockets and up to 12TB of memory, which makes them a great platform for the latest in-memory database environments," he said.
There has been a great deal of interest around in-memory databases recently, and "that's where we think the majority of the market is heading", said Freeman.
This also includes SAP HANA, for which HP delivers targeted support with specific HP ConvergedSystem models. The ConvergedSystem 900 is based on the Superdome X hardware, while the ConvergedSystem 500 is based on the DL580 hardware.
The latter thus benefits from the Xeon E7 v3 upgrade, while the Superdome X hardware has yet to be certified for the new silicon.
On the scale-out side, HP has added new models to its Apollo portfolio for high-density deployments with the compute-centric Apollo 2000 and storage-centric Apollo 4000 systems. These are based on Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, rather than the top-end Xeon E7.
Available now, the Apollo 2000 is a 2U chassis that fits two or four discrete server nodes (the ProLiant XL170r or ProLiant XL190r), each of which is a two-socket system with up to 512GB memory.
Coming in June, the Apollo 4000 features a variety of enclosures and is designed as high density storage server nodes. The 2U Apollo 4200 is able to fit up to 50 small form factor drives, for example.
The Apollo range is aimed at environments such as service providers or the banking industry, according to Freeman.
"The Apollo 2000 could be used for everything from Monte Carlo simulations all the way through to Hadoop environments, while the 4000 is better suited to Hadoop object storage environments where you might build an HDFS cluster with these and access it via compute nodes," he said.
In fact, the Apollo 4000 servers combined with HP Moonshot systems are now the foundation of the HP Big Data Reference architecture, Freeman added.
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