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HP Makes Big Data Push With Apollo And ProLiant Servers, Hadoop Architecture

By - Source: HP

HP announced a large push in the Big Data sphere with announcements covering a range of new server racks, as well as an HP Hadoop architecture, the HP Big Data Reference Architecture.

The new offerings from HP come in the middle of an explosion of data across the IT industry. As the amount of data in need of storage and analysis increases, more and more companies will find themselves looking to Big Data solutions for support.

First, HP is expanding its Apollo systems family with the Apollo 2000 and Apollo 4000 line. The Apollo 2000 is a 2U rack, making it ideal for operations just stepping into scale-out architecture. The servers are available with either the HP ProLiant XL170r Gen9 server or XL190r Gen9. The difference between the two is primarily the number of available PCIe 3.0 slots: the XL170r offers two external slots while the XL190r offers three external slots and a single internal slot.

The Apollo 4000 line targets the Big Data sphere. The Apollo 4200 is a dense 2U server with a storage capacity of either 28 LFF drives or 50 SFF drives, bringing the total possible space to 224 TB of direct attached storage. The Apollo 4510 and 4530 are 4U chassis. The 4510 offers a node dedicated to storage (5.44 PB to be precise), while the 4530 offers a three server node chassis built for the analytics side of Big Data.

HP used the Apollo 4000 family as a jumping off point for its new Big Data Reference Architecture. The architecture is a Hadoop distribution design made to split scaling of storage and compute. HP boasts some promising numbers for the architecture, claiming a 16 percent increase in price and performance for MapReduce loads and a 100 percent increase for HBase with an equivalent system. HP also made sure to point out that all Big Data workloads are different.

HP is also adding to its ProLiant server family. The ProLiant DL580 Gen9 and DL560 Gen9 servers are designed for high-intensity, scale-up compute operations. The DL580 Gen9 is also integrated with the HP ConvergedSystem500, HP's system built for SAP HANA applications. The ProLiant BL660c Gen9, on the other hand, is a new server blade designed to integrate with a legacy infrastructure.

The Apollo 2000, Big Data Reference Architecture and ProLiant DL580 Gen9 are all available now. The Apollo 4000 line, ProLiant DL560 Gen 9 and BL660c Gen9 are planned for release in June of this year.