10 cool things about HP ProLiant servers

used with permission from HP Technology at Work

In today’s data centers, an IT manager’s life is more hectic than it should be. Error alerts, system events, installation and update issues, and calls to support desks make it hard to get anything done. But HP’s next generation of servers—HP ProLiant Gen8—revolutionalizes that experience. Allowing IT professionals to monitor networks remotely and lightening their loads via a slew of automated, intelligent features, these really are the world’s most self-sufficient servers. Here’s why:

  1. Early video. We designed in the ability to display video within 3 seconds after the server is powered on. This is in contrast to previous generation servers which could take one or more minutes to receive video, thus giving customers status and error alerts where previously they would receive a black screen no boot error.
  2. HP Intelligent Provisioning. Everything you need is pre-loaded for painless system setup and deployment. In fact, this leads to 45% fewer steps and 3 times faster deployment.
  3. HP Active Health. Your 24/7 mission control for automated monitoring, diagnostics, and alerting. The goal of HP Active Health is to log potentially useful information before any failure occurs, giving you 5 times faster problem analysis.
  4. Agentless Management. Get all core management functions for internal system components including health monitoring and alerting without ANY drivers or agents installed. Enhanced intelligence = higher performance for managed systems.
  5. HP Smart Update. Part of our new “smart movement” in Gen8 servers, this technology lets you sequence, stage and schedule consistent updates across hundreds of servers at once, resulting in 69% less admin time.
  6. HP Smart Storage. Smart drive carriers and solid state-optimized, HP Gen8 servers provide a balanced system architecture consisting of HP Smart Storage, HP SmartMemory and HP Flexible Networking technology, delivering 6 times faster solid state storage performance versus previous generations.
  7. Discovery Services. With embedded intelligence across three dimensions (location, power utilization and thermal demand), users gain a unique level of visibility and control over their data center energy efficiency.
    • HP Location Discovery Services: Enable energy-aware workload placement and automate asset management.
    • HP Thermal Discovery Services: Reduce energy usage and increase compute capacity.
    • HP Power Discovery Services: Eliminate power configuration errors and precisely track power usage by rack and server.
  8. HP Insight Online. The industry’s first cloud-based management and support portal gives you anywhere, anytime, any-device (and user-friendly) access to track server health and events and rapidly resolve issues.
  9. Elegant system design. Virtually eliminate common problems that cause downtime and data loss with designed-in quality throughout and intuitive simplicity—like a Smart Socket Guide to eliminate bent pins.
  10. FlexibleLOM. A choice of LOM gives you flexibility, cost savings, and component serviceability. In fact, you can customize your server’s networking today and change to meet future needs without overhauling server infrastructure.
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News on HP and Hard Drive Shortage

Hitachi

Ken McClelland — Vice-President of Sales, Network Management Group, Inc.

 

There are a couple of things that have transpired in the computer industry in the last month that I believe are worthwhile to note. First, a typhoon caused massive flooding to parts of Thailand at the end of August. This flooding has covered about one-third of Thailand’s surface area. What does this have to do with technology you ask? The flooding has had serious impact on the countries manufacturing business, notably the manufacturing of computer hard drives. Thailand accounts for approximately twenty five percent of the world’s hard drive production. Supply chains for hard drive manufacturing in other countries will be disrupted as well. Factories that produce components used in over 70% of worldwide hard drives produced by Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, Toshiba and Samsung have been damaged as well. Industry analysts are noting that the reduced manufacturing capacity will cause inventory constraints and increased prices throughout the end of the year and into the first quarter of next year. Please keep this under consideration as you plan your year-end computer purchases as well as your budgeting for 2012 Q1.

On a brighter note, Meg Whitman (Hewlett Packard President and CEO) announced last week that HP will not sell off its Personal Systems Group. The Personal Systems Group (PSG) is the business unit responsible for the manufacture and sales of desktop, workstation and mobile computers. This unit was the number one manufacturer of personal computers in 2010 with worldwide revenues totaling $40.7 billion. This accounts for over one third of Hewlett Packard’s overall revenue, the number ten ranked company on America’s 2010 Fortune 500 list.

This follows former Hewlett Packard CEO Leo Apotheker shocking the technology industry on August 18th when he announced that HP was exploring “strategic alternatives” for its PSG unit. These alternatives may have included a sale or spin-off of the Personal Systems Group. In a written statement Meg Whitman states, “It’s clear after our analysis that keeping the Personal Systems Group within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees. HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.” Hewlett Packard believes the PC business is too ingrained in the company’s supply chain and other key HP operations to let it go. Computers also help promote HP’s brand, and are a crucial part of the company’s “one-stop shop” services that it offers to corporate customers, HP said.

“As part of HP, PSG will continue to give customers and partners the advantages of product innovation and global scale across the industry’s broadest portfolio of PCs, workstations and more,” said Todd Bradley, head of HP’s Personal Systems unit. “We intend to make the leading PC business in the world even better.”

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HP to Keep PC Division

Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2011


HP today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.

“HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”

The strategic review involved subject matter experts from across the businesses and functions. The data-driven evaluation revealed the depth of the integration that has occurred across key operations such as supply chain, IT and procurement. It also detailed the significant extent to which PSG contributes to HP’s solutions portfolio and overall brand value. Finally, it also showed that the cost to recreate these in a standalone company outweighed any benefits of separation.

The outcome of this exercise reaffirms HP’s model and the value for its customers and shareholders. PSG is a key component of HP’s strategy to deliver higher value, lasting relationships with consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise customers. The HP board of directors is confident that PSG can drive profitable growth as part of the larger entity and accelerate solutions from other parts of HP’s business.

PSG has a history of innovation and technological leadership as well as an established record of industry-leading profitability. It is the No. 1 manufacturer of personal computers in the world with revenues totaling $40.7 billion for fiscal year 2010.

“As part of HP, PSG will continue to give customers and partners the advantages of product innovation and global scale across the industry’s broadest portfolio of PCs, workstations and more,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “We intend to make the leading PC business in the world even better.”

More information is available at www.hp.com/investor/PSG-Decision.

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