The dual-processor Hewlett-Packard DL380p Gen8 data center rack mount server successfully marries extensive performance and capacity increases with simplified field serviceability. In an era when workload virtualization seeks to minimize hardware concerns, eWEEK Labs tests showed that IT managers still have important hardware choices and that the HP DL380p Gen8 should be at the top of any evaluation for new data center infrastructure.
Many of the performance increases now available in the HP DL380p Gen8 come from Intel's March release of the Xeon E5-2600 processors and the C6xx chip set family. IT managers have competitive choices, including the Dell R720 and the IBM System x3650 M4, both of which use the E5-2600 family processors.
The 2 HU (height unit) HP DL380p Gen8 became available April 9. Preconfigured DL380p Gen8 models start at $2,829 while configurable models start at $2,572. eWEEK Labs tested a high-performance model with a list price of $10,759. My test unit was an upgraded configuration with the 2x10GbE FlexibleLOM (LAN on motherboard) installed. As tested, my system was priced at $15,965, which is competitive with other offerings. The “p” in DL380p stands for “performance” and designates models that also include HP Insight Control integrated management.
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