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Published: June 3, 2016
HP’s DL380 Gen9 is the company’s latest and greatest answer to multi-workload processes, which makes it an invaluable tool in enterprise and large scale data center applications. Proliant DL380 G9As a versatile 2U rack server, HP has billed it as its primary solution for general purpose computing, and compared to previous iterations of the hardware, it is highly expandable as well. And, of course, it comes with the brand’s industry leading power efficiency and management software, cementing its place as one of the best all-rounders on the market.
What are the DL380 G9 specifications?
HP, like other server manufacturers, times the release of its newest hardware with the release of new processors, and this line of hardware uses Intel’s Haswell CPUs. Specifically, it is compatible with the Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor model, and it can support a pair, each of which are built with 18 processing cores. While it supports a max RAM threshold of 384 GB of RAM, which is identical to the previous iteration, it does support DDR4 RAM, which offers marked improvements in power efficiency. This additional efficiency is especially important if an IT admin intends on filling up the server’s 24 DIMM slots. The DL380 Gen9 is built in a mezzanine form factor as well, so it retains all of its expansion slots. And in fact, this server offers excellent expandability, with a trio of slots available for PCIe cards. With a second riser, an IT admin can attach another three expansion slots as well.
Extensive operating system and RAID compatibility also come standard, as the server can be used with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SuSE Linux Enterprise, Microsoft Windows Server, Oracle’s Solaris, Ubuntu, and Citrix’s XenServer. It is also RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 50 and RAID 60 compatible, giving IT admins plenty of options in protecting data integrity.
In all, the DL380 G9 is a marked upgrade in every way from the last iteration, which is to be expected. What’s also expected is HP’s superior management software that comes with the server, and its newest version has also been upgraded.
What kind of management technology comes with the DL380 Gen9?
This line of hardware is designed for use with HP’s Integrated Lights Out (iLO), version 4. The iLO 4 is a highly robust system monitoring and support technology, allowing IT admins easy and extensive control over a company’s entire network infrastructure.
Specifically, the iLO 4 allows system admins to deploy and inventory servers remotely, through iLO’s web interface, remote console, or command line interface. This can even be done through a mobile app.
Power efficiency and system health monitoring are the iLO’s primary features, and give system admins advanced control over power consumption and thermal output. This will protect the system from excessive heat buildup and keep the servers operating safely.
There are host of optimization features that come with the iLO 4, as well as advanced security additions. In all, it’s among the most robust management technologies available.
And that’s true of the DL 380 G9 as well, which stands out among its competitors for its reliability, performance and versatility.