With more than 25 years of engineering heritage, Hewlett Packard knows how to optimize every single vector of a compute platform. Their latest servers, HP Cloudline, are built on an open design philosophy using open components to increase adaptability and facilitate IT integration.
HP Cloudline supports open management tools, such as OpenStack® technology, and leverages common industry interfaces like IPMI in hardware and firmware. These servers are HP’s first set that are based on industry standard specifications defined by the Open Compute Project (OCP), founded by Facebook in 2012, and Open Networking Foundation, which was formed in 2011.
Built on open design principles and made for extreme scale
As a result, HP Cloudline easily integrates into a multi-vendor environment. Cloudline servers will share specifications with server offerings from other companies using OCP’s Open Rack and Open Cloud Server specifications. Servers designed to OCP specifications will allow companies to standardize on BIOS, component, systems management, storage, and networking technologies. That’s particularly beneficial for companies deploying hardware from different vendors or standardizing on open firmware.
IT decision-makers would be happy to know that this powerful new HP technology comes in different scalable models: The most basic Cloudline server is the CL1100, a low-cost two-socket server for Web hosting. The CL2100 and CL2200 are two-socket servers that offer more memory and storage capacity.
The CL7100 and CL7300 are meant for rack-level deployments of one- or two-socket servers with shared power and cooling resources. The servers have more network and storage expansion capabilities than the CL1100, CL2100, and CL2200 servers.
Open HP server infrastructure delivers lower TCO
Today, traditional, siloed IT infrastructures are proving to be too labor-intensive, inefficient, and slow to overcome capacity and complexity challenges. Plenty of organizations are making the move to the next generation of IT. But what's leading this move?
The answer would be a software-defined data center, which eliminates the lines between hardware and software to optimally converge the framework, compute, and storage in an environment.
HP server solutions are right on time given the IDC research that shows most organizations will stop managing their own infrastructures over the next five years. The IDC data also suggests enterprises will more often turn to dedicated and shared cloud offerings in service provider data centers in the years ahead.
If IDC’s research pans out, service providers – including Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, managed hosting service providers, consumer service providers, telco/communication service providers – will need highly scalable infrastructures that support business growth and flexible business models, match costs to revenue, and meet customer expectations.
With HP, rethink the server, think compute
When you look at the past, the server started as a general-purpose approach. But as you think to the future, hardware had to change to adapt to the way we deliver compute resources. Before, it was general purpose, optimizing I/O, tools, and manageability. Now, it’s about optimizing a vast pool of resources that can quickly rally around a specific workload. HP’s vision is very simple: Provide the right compute and workload for the right economics every single time.
Reimagining your server approach is a viable way to optimize IT and drive higher business value. Discover how you can transform your data center expectations and economics with servers that deliver a more converged, cloud-ready, and software-defined IT experience.