HP Delivers Industry's First Purpose-Built Server for Big Data

Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:45am EST

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  PALO ALTO, CA, Nov 15 (Marketwire) -- 
HP (NYSE: HPQ) today unveiled the industry's first server built to help
clients operationalize Big Data, drive new business opportunities and
save up to $1 million over three years.(1) 

    With the advent of Big Data software and the promise that it brings, many
organizations have tried to deploy these solutions on existing
architectures not designed to handle the specific needs of these
workloads. As a result, the outcomes from these early deployments have
been suboptimal from a performance and cost perspective. 

    "Big Data application environments such as Hadoop, MPP data warehouses,
Big Data analytics and object stores have very different workload
requirements," said Dan Vesset, vice president, Business Analytics
Research, IDC. "Given the large and varied amounts of fast-moving data
that needs to be stored and accessed quickly and the different
requirements of end users, these workloads can be highly varied, complex
and inefficient to manage if run on traditional hardware infrastructure.
In order to fully embrace the promise of Big Data, it is critical that
the underlying infrastructure be optimized for the workload."

    The new HP ProLiant SL4500 server series is the only solution purpose
built for Big Data environments. It provides maximum performance,
productivity and cost-effectiveness in an ultradense solution required by
these workloads. Built on HP Converged Infrastructure, the new server
offers a highly efficient design that consumes up to 50 percent less
space, 61 percent less power and 31 percent lower cost while using 63
percent fewer cables.(1) 

    Modular architecture optimizes results for workload specific applications

 The modular design of the HP ProLiant SL4500 server series offers
varied compute and storage configurations that enable clients to optimize
their infrastructure for a workload-specific application, removing the
need to piece together incongruent hardware for the supporting

    With a single, cost-effective architecture, the HP ProLiant SL4500 server
series also supports multiple Apache Hadoop vendors including Cloudera
and Hortonworks, as well as additional software including OpenStack Cloud
Software and MongoDB. 

    "Enterprises that leverage Cloudera's Platform for Big Data to unlock
insights across all of their data benefit from deploying infrastructure
components optimized for the extreme demands of Big Data workloads," said
Amr Awadallah, chief technology officer, Cloudera. "By designing a server
purpose built for Big Data, HP is offering the market a seamless new
approach to processing large data sets efficiently and cost-effectively."

    HP innovation delivers greater performance and density
 The HP ProLiant
SL4500 Gen8 server series, with HP Smart Array technology, delivers
industry-leading performance with a nearly seven times faster
input/output operations per second (IOPS) than existing architectures.(2)
With the smart analytics of HP SmartCache, the system will optimize
storage traffic to ensure the lowest latency response and up-front

    Current server offerings cannot address the rapidly growing amounts of
storage and servers for Big Data, forcing IT leaders to acquire
additional expensive data center space. However, the new HP ProLiant
SL4500 server series solves this problem by delivering industry-leading
storage density of up to 240 terabytes (TB) in a single 4.3-rack-unit (U)
chassis, or 2.16 petabytes (PB) with nine servers in an industry-standard
42-U rack.(3) 

    As a result of this extreme density, clients realize significant cost
savings, greater performance and increased efficiency.

    Safeguard Big Data, simplify management and support with HP ProLiant Gen8

The latest member of the HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) family, the HP
SL4500 server series is built with HP ProActive Insight Architecture,
which embeds intelligence and automation capabilities allowing clients

--  Eliminate down time and safeguard valuable data with automated data
    protection and HP Predictive Spare Activation, which moves data to an
    alternate device before failures occur.
--  Ensure maximum server productivity with HP Active Health, and automate
    firmware updates with HP Smart Update.
--  Leverage the industry's most comprehensive services, support and
    warranty offering with HP Insight Online.
--  Lower data center power costs and improve compute per watt by up to 70
    percent than previous generations with HP Intelligent


HP enhances scale-out server portfolio
 HP also announced updates to
its high-performance computing (HPC) portfolio, enabling clients to
maximize the performance benefits of the latest processing technology
from Intel and NVIDIA.

    The HP ProLiant SL270s Gen8 server offers maximized processor density,
with the ability to support up to eight Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM)
coprocessors or eight NVIDIA(R) Kepler(TM) graphic processing units
(GPUs) per server. The HP ProLiant SL270s and SL250s Gen8 servers now
support the latest NVIDIA Kepler GPUs and newly announced Intel Xeon Phi
coprocessors, enabling clients to select the best accelerator or
coprocessor for their specific workloads.

    Pricing and availability(5) 
 The HP ProLiant SL4500 server series in a
single node configuration is available immediately worldwide for a
starting price of $7,643. 

    The new HP ProLiant SL270s Gen8 servers will be available next month,
with for a starting price of $6,166. The HP ProLiant SL250s Gen8 servers
will be available with NVIDIA Kepler and Intel Xeon Phi processors early
next year for a starting price of $5,659. 

    HP's premier Europe, Middle East and Africa client event, HP Discover,
takes place Dec. 4-6 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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    (1) Based on internal calculations comparing Dell PowerEdge R510 servers
plus four units of Dell Power Vault MD1200 direct attach storage, which
consumes seven racks, 28 servers, 112 JBOD (just a bunch of disks)
enclosures, 14 networking switches, 448 cables and 79 kilowatts of power
to HP ProLiant SL4500 servers consuming three racks, six networking
switches, 168 cables and 31 kilowatts of power. Savings of $0.5M in
acquisition costs (or CAPEX); $0.25M savings in power, cooling and
distribution costs; and $0.2M savings due to rent of data center floor
space over a three-year period. 
 (2) Based on internal testing that
compares an HP ProLiant G7 server with a standard 15K SAS drive to that
of HP ProLiant Gen8 server with a solid state drive. 
 (3) Based on
internal calculations. Single-node configuration of HP SL4500 server is
capable of providing up to 60 LFF (3.5-inch) SAS/SATA/SSD hard drives in
a 4.3U chassis. Using the 4TB SAS/SATA hard drives that will be available
early FY2013, every SL4500 server can provide 240 TB of storage capacity.
A total of up to nine SL4500 servers can be installed in a single 42U
rack to provide a maximum storage capacity of 2.16PB by using 540 LFF
hard drives of 4TB capacity. 
 (4) HP internal comparison: HP ProLiant G7
to HP ProLiant G8. 
 (5) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may

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