New HPE ProLiant servers with Arm target energy savings

HPE’s new ProLiant servers target cost-conscious enterprise data centers and third-party cloud service providers looking to deliver cloud-native workloads.

The new Arm-based HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 is a single-socket system that includes the Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max cloud-native processors. The new chip contains 128 cores and is designed to take advantage of the power-saving capabilities of the Arm processor, the company said at its HPE Discover conference this week.

“This system gives us an advantage in running certain workloads, especially cloud-native workloads, while delivering performance with lower power consumption, resulting in better cost efficiency,” said Neil MacDonald, executive vice president and general manager of the company. compute business group at HPE, in a press conference.

Ampere’s Arm chips are specifically aimed at cloud workloads and are also: used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

HPE’s new system is designed for IT stores with existing cloud-native workloads, MacDonald said.

“It’s not a core enterprise platform with out-of-the-box classic business software; that’s not our goal,” he said. “However, companies are increasingly embracing in-house development that must leverage the technologies associated with cloud-native development.”

The only way enterprise data centers can grow in the coming years is by introducing more cost-efficient systems that don’t sacrifice performance, said Renee James, chairman and CEO of Ampere Computing.

“You won’t see users saying ‘no more data centers’ because they can’t afford the cost of energy resources,” she said. “They can’t meet their ESG goals unless they can improve the power-to-performance ratio.”

While Ampere chips are optimized for cloud-native workloads, users of such workloads can also use the new HPE system as general-purpose chips that can run Windows and Linux-based applications, AI-based applications, modern databases and gaming software, he added. James. †

You’re seeing serious moves from companies like HPE and Dell with servers designed to combat not only cloud costs, but total cost of ownership.

Dana GardnerPrincipal Analyst, Interarbor Solutions LLC

Some analysts say embedding cloud native support into silicon may be a wise decision right now. They believe such an approach will find an audience among those dealing with increased costs of not only energy in large data centers, but also the ongoing costs associated with cloud computing.

“The costs of cloud computing are still expensive and difficult to control, and we are about to enter difficult economic times,” said Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, LLC. “You’re seeing serious moves from companies like HPE and Dell with servers designed to combat not only cloud costs, but total cost of ownership.”

The new ProLiant system represents a commitment to Arm-based servers – something many of HPE’s competitors are doing.

“HPE recognizes that it cannot be the company that does not have a certain level of commitment to Arm,” said Dan Newman, principal analyst at Futurum Research and CEO of Broadsuite Media Group. “If they don’t, they risk alienating some of their customer base.”

The RL300 ships with the company’s Integrated Lights Out (iLO) server management software that allows users to configure, monitor, and update servers from any remote location.

Other system features include support for up to 16 DIMMs with the ability to store 4 terabytes per system, three PCIe Gen4 expansion slots, and support for direct connection of NVMe storage with up to 10 NVMe SSDs and dual M.2 NVMe SSDs. options.

The new server, the first in a series of systems to follow, focuses on cloud-based services, including media streaming and financial services on IaaS, PaaS and SaaS platforms.

The RL300 Gen11 server is expected to be available as a service through: HPE GreenLake or through HPE’s partner network by the end of the third quarter of this year.

Pricing for the system was not available at press time.

As Editor-in-Chief at TechTarget’s News Group, Ed Scannell is responsible for writing and reporting breaking news, news analytics, and features that focus on technology issues and trends affecting enterprise IT professionals.

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