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HP Claims to Have the Only Purpose-Built Big Data Servers

It’s said to consume up to 50% less space and 61% less power for 31% less money while using 63% fewer cables

HP Thursday put out an x86 server it claims is purpose-built for Big Data.

It says existing architectures aren't designed to handle the specific needs of Big Data workloads such as Hadoop, MPP data warehouses, Big Data analytics and object stores, and that early deployments have returned suboptimal results in terms of performance and cost.

It claims its new wonder will save the user up to $1 million over three years.

As the kind of ultra-dense solution required by these workloads, the new HP ProLiant SL4500 server series is supposed to provide maximum performance, productivity and cost-effectiveness.

It's said to consume up to 50% less space and 61% less power for 31% less money while using 63% fewer cables.

The modular design of the series offers various compute and storage configurations so clients can optimize their infrastructure for a workload-specific application, rather than piece together incongruent hardware for the supporting infrastructure.

The widgetry supports multiple Apache Hadoop vendors including Cloudera and Hortonworks, as well as OpenStack Cloud Software and MongoDB.

The ProLiant SL4500 server series in a single-node configuration is available immediately worldwide for a starting price of $7,643.

HP says current server offerings cannot address the rapidly growing amounts of storage and servers for Big Data, forcing IT leaders to acquire additional expensive data center space. However, the new ProLiant SL4500 server series solves this problem by delivering industry-leading storage density of up to 240TB in a single 4.3 U chassis, or 2.16PB with nine servers in an industry-standard 42-U rack.

The latest member of the HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) family, the HP SL4500 server series, is uses HP's ProActive Insight Architecture, which embeds intelligence and automation capabilities to eliminate down time and safeguard valuable data.

The new ProLiant SL270s Gen8 servers with HP Smart Array technology will be available next month at a starting price of $6,166. It'll support up to eight Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors or eight NVIDIA Kepler GPUs per server

With the smart analytics of HP SmartCache, the system is supposed to optimize storage traffic to ensure the lowest latency response and up-front investment.

The SL250s Gen8 servers will be available with Kepler and Xeon Phi processors early next year starting at $5,659.

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