HP addresses the trend toward big data applications with a new "purpose-built" server.
The new ProLiant SL4500 series was specifically designed to run big data applications and, according to HP, "drive new business opportunities and save up to $1 million over three years".
The servers can be equipped with Intel's Xeon E5-2400 or AMD's Opteron 4200 CPUs with one or two CPUs per 4.3U chassis (5U form factor). A maximum of 12 DIMM slots (up to 192 GB of memory, and a choice of DDR3 as well as low voltage DDR3) and up to 60 LFF SAS/SATA/SSD mass storage units (up to 240 TB capacity per chassis, 2.16 PB with nine servers in a 42-U rack.) are supported. HP claims that the design of the chassis consumes 50 percent less space, 61 percent less power and 31 percent lower cost while using 63 percent fewer cables than previous designs.
The manufactured noted that the SL4500 server series supports multiple Apache Hadoop vendors including Cloudera and Hortonw orks, as well as additional software including OpenStack Cloud Software and MongoDB.
SL4500 servers are priced from $7,643.
HP also announced an update for its HPC servers that now support Intel's Xeon Phi co-processors and Nvidia's Tesla K20 series accelerators. The ProLiant SL270s Gen8 server with support for Xeon Phi will be available in December from $6,166, while the ProLiant SL250s Gen8 server with TeslaK20 support will be offered from $5,659.
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