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Intel's latest Haswell Xeon E7 v3 CPUs land in Apollo and ProLiant

Hyperscaling HP servers

HP wants to stick its elbows back into the hyperscale market, announcing a bunch of upcoming servers using the latest Intel silicon.

The company is marching in time with Chipzilla's rollout of the Haswell-EX Xeon E7 v3 processors for machines with more than four sockets. The processors are getting rolled into a family of scale-out server nodes.

According to our sister site The Platform, the Haswell-EX hyperscale-dust will be sprinkled on HP's Apollo server line, targeting HPC buyers who want “more features than a bare-bones hyperscale machine”.

That means combining big-iron grunt with enterprise features like Integrated Lights Out (ILO) boards to link server fleets to asset management systems. The hardware is expected to run open-source analytics, object storage, private clouds, and so on.

HP's Joseph George told The Platform the popularity of multi-node rack machines from the likes of Supermicro and Dell makes the company confident of “a really strong uptick for these platforms”.

The line will have a dense compute (Apollo 2000) and a dense storage (Apollo 4000) variant, both based on Intel's Haswell-EPs. The Apollo 2000 is a four-node, 2U chassis. The nodes share power, but each has its own links for networking and external storage. The nodes can provide up to 145 watts to each of the Haswell Xeon E5s. With 16 DDR4 slots, the machines ought to be suitable for web and some HPC workloads.

Up a notch, the Apollo 4000 family includes the 4200, a ProLiant DL380 cousin that now accommodates 28 3.5” drives or 50 2.5” inch drives (maximum capacity of 224 TB in a 2U chassis) and is aimed at Hadoop, Ceph, Swift, Scality and Cleversafe storage deployments.

Not enough? OK, there's the Apollo 4510, a 4U unit that can pack as many as 68 x 8TB drives. Its aim is Scality and Clearsafe-style stores.

The Hadoop / NoSQL-targeted Apollo 4530, also a 4U rack, combines three compute nodes and their associated storage, so a 42U rack can house 30 server nodes, with 15 drives per node.

The ProLiant DL580 gets a “Gen9” four-socket version, based on Intel's Haswell-EX chips, and its BladeSystem family is getting a four-socket Haswell EP-4S server, too.

There's plenty more by The Platform's Timothy Prickett Morgan right here. ®

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