Although the Proliant line has largely focused on its Density Line, or DL form factor, the HP Gen9 includes some blade server models as well. The DL is a rackmount build that offers a balance between density and performance, while blades offer extremely dense servers that need to be contained in a special enclosure. The enclosure does provide power and cooling, though, so it consolidates a datacenter into a smaller package.
The newest generation of Proliant hardware offers up to 1.5 TB of DDR4 RAM and with up to 18 processor cores, it’s a powerhouse of a server. And with upgrades to the line’s iLO software, server provisioning and VSA installation is easier than ever. For system admins that need more time to focus on other projects, that’s a welcome addition.
HP’s flagship sever line has long reigned supreme in the market, and this new generation will only cement its position further for the years to come.