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HP ProLiant DL360 G9 vs DL380 G9 – Which Server Should You Pick?

Updated: August 16, 2019

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The DL360 G9 and DL380 G9 are two of the most powerful servers among the HP ProLiant line. Both have been upgraded in nearly every area compared to the previous generation, and are even more energy efficient than previous models. They are also designed to be used with HP's Smart Array, which itself offers a variety of data protection and storage features. In short, these are some of the best servers and are a fit in any business application. Let's take a look at a side by side comparison of the two.

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What makes the DL360 G9 and DL380 G9 some of the best options on the market?

Both servers make use of Intel's E5-2600 Xeon series of processors, and two can be set in each server. This allows for up to 18 processor cores, and with a pair of processors, this means up to 36 processing threads. With the Xeon series' use of Intel's hyper-threading technology, that's an enormous amount of processing power. Both are also compatible with DDR4 memory, which is a major upgrade over previous DDR models. DDR4 offers greater data transfer speeds and module density, so they can provide more RAM than DDR3 without taking up more space. DDR4 is also more energy efficient, and coupled with HP's focus on better cooling and power efficiency, businesses will save a lot of power by going with its cutting edge hardware.

The only significant difference between the DL360 Gen9 and the DL380 Gen9 is their size, which determines how much space needs to be made for the server, and how many drives it can be fitted with. The DL360 is a 1U server, while the DL380 is a 2U server. Other than that, they are similar in design and contain many of the same high-quality components.

View Products:   HP DL 360 G9     HP DL 380 G9 

With so much power in such a small form factor, these servers can handle some huge applications with just moderate scaling. For example, because they provide low latency applications, they are ideal for the financial services industry, an industry where companies fight for fractions of a second over their competition. They are a strong choice for applications calling for dynamic workloads, such as high performance databases and cloud-based computing. And they can even be used for Big Data applications, which refers to processes that gather incredible amounts of data. This normally includes various simulation and analytical applications.

And with HP's Smart Array, a business can set up additional RAID options to better protect their data and lock down everything with HP's Secure Encryption, which blocks access to anyone except those with an encryption key. HP is also known for its top of the line fault prevention software, including its Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART). SMART spots possible hard drive failures before they reach catastrophic levels, allowing for replacement before the worst happens. This is in addition to HP's dynamic sector repairing technology, which runs frequent background scans on drives and remaps bad sectors to preserve data stability.

It's a lot of features to pack into such a small piece of equipment, but HP's Proliant line of servers is often the best selling line of equipment every year, so these features are no surprise. Few companies support their hardware as well as HP.