HP Advances Scale-out Computing with Breakthrough Data Center Solution
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HP Advances Scale-out Computing with Breakthrough Data Center Solution

PALO ALTO, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 10, 2009 HP (NYSE: HPQ) today launched the HP Extreme Scale-Out (ExSO) portfolio designed to deliver a new magnitude of cost and resource savings for businesses involved in Web 2.0, cloud and high-performance computing.


Companies with “scale-out” business models such as these, which operate with thousands of servers, are pushing the limits of current technology solutions. The HP ExSO portfolio, which includes a new lightweight, super-efficient, modular systems architecture and spans data center solutions, services and support, helps these customers reduce costs, improve facility efficiency and dramatically accelerate time to market on a massive scale. The portfolio enables these customers to save more than $152.8 million in reduced capital expenditures and $13.7 million in energy costs.(1)

At the core of the HP ExSO portfolio is the HP ProLiant SL server family, which uses a ”skinless” systems architecture that replaces the traditional chassis and rack form factors with an extremely lightweight rail and tray design. As a result, customers can dramatically reduce capital, facilities and shipping costs while using a fraction of the space normally required in a data center. Additionally, its ultra-efficient, modular design enables customers to quickly and easily build solutions that meet extreme scale-out workload requirements.

With the HP ProLiant SL portfolio, customers can cut acquisition costs by 10 percent and power draw by 28 percent, while doubling their compute density.(2)

“Customers with scale-out business models need solutions that make every dollar, watt and square foot in the data center count,” said Christine Reischl, senior vice president and general manager, Industry Standard Servers, HP. “The HP ProLiant SL offers pioneering customers like these the most significant design innovation since the blade form factor, allowing them to achieve an economy of scale never before possible.”

Purpose-built server infrastructure for extreme scale

The HP ProLiant SL server family offers a breakthrough in server architecture designed specifically for extreme-scale environments. The solution offers customers the following benefits:

“Businesses built on extreme scale-out environments, such as cloud, Web 2.0 and HPC, operate at maximum transaction volume and low margins,” said Michelle Bailey, research vice president, IDC. “These customers have very distinct and unique data center requirements, specifically around energy efficiency, cost and time to market. The introduction of technology solutions such as the ExSO portfolio from HP are specifically addressing customer requirements for optimizing capitol expenditures while lowering ongoing operating costs. As a result, these solutions are helping to redefine data center economics.”

Delivering the intelligent ExSO data center

To further maximize cost savings for scale-out environments, customers need tools that provide a higher level of visibility into and control of facilities operations. The HP Data Center Environmental Edge solution offers a complete visual mapping of environmental variables so customers can quickly identify and take action on data center inefficiencies. This results in an additional energy cost savings of up to $2.4 million per year and a return on investment within 12 months.(8)

HP Data Center Environmental Edge uses a system of wireless sensors placed throughout a data center to monitor a variety of variables, such as temperature, humidity, air pressure and power utilization. The system provides real-time visualization of environmental variables so administrators can perform root cause analysis to eliminate excess operational costs.

Specialized engagement, delivery model and services

Additional new services for ExSO environments provide customers with a customized engagement experience through their entire technology lifecycle. Packaged ExSO services include scheduled on-site repair options, on-site seed inventory of parts and installation services specifically designed for environments that support thousands of servers. These services can be customized to match customer needs.

In addition, the company’s leasing and lifecycle asset management services subsidiary, HP Financial Services, helps customers expand or renew their IT infrastructures with the entire line of ExSO offerings through flexible leasing and financing solutions.

HP’s existing scale-out computing portfolio includes the HP ProLiant DL1000 Multi Node servers, introduced on June 2, the HP POD (Performance Optimized Datacenter), HP StorageWorks 9100 Extreme Data Storage System and the HP ProLiant 2x220c double-density blade server introduced last year.

More information is available at www.hp.com/go/extremescaleout.

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(1) Potential savings of a 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art ExSO data center using HP ProLiant SL6000 family and HP Data Center Environmental Edge.

(2) Cost savings based on internal pricing comparing the HP ProLiant DL160 G6 server to the HP ProLiant SL2x170z server; power savings based on HP comparisons of traditional rack servers with SL2x170z; double density based on fitting two server nodes in the physical space of one traditional 1U node.

(3) Estimated savings based HP comparison of traditional rack servers to SL2x170z in 100,000-square-foot data center; typical home uses 11.23 megawatts per year – based on U.S. Department of Energy data ( http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/esr/table5.html).

(4) Compares maximum weight of Dell R610 and SL170z

(5) A 100,000-square-foot data center (88,000 servers) has 1,716 tons of Dell PowerEdge R610 and 878 tons of SL2x170z; a savings of 838.5 tons = 4.3 Boeing 747s (195 tons average empty weight).

(6) Compared to traditional rack servers delivering a single node in each 1U chassis.

(7) Compares 100,000-square-foot data center example (88,000 servers) of HP ProLiant SL2x170z with the Dell PowerEdge R610 with approximately $165 per node capital expenditure savings.

(8) Based on a 100,000-square foot data center, using 29 MW, at $.08 kWh electricity price, full capacity.

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