New HPE ProLiant servers with arm aim for 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 cloud-native Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max processors. The new chip packs 128 cores and is expected to take advantage of the ARM processor’s power-saving capabilities, the company said at its HPE Discover conference this week.

“This system gives us an advantage when running certain workloads, particularly cloud-native workloads, while delivering performance with lower power consumption, resulting in better cost efficiencies,” said Neil MacDonald, executive vice president and general manager of the Compute Business Group HPE in a press conference.

Ampere’s ARM chips specifically target cloud workloads and are also used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

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

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

The only way enterprise data centers can grow over the next few years is by adopting more cost-effective 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 sources,” she said. “They can’t achieve their ESG goals unless they can improve performance/performance.”

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

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

Dana GardnerPrincipal Analyst, Interarbor Solutions LLC

Some analysts say embedding cloud-native support in silicon could prove to be a wise decision at this point. They believe such an approach will find an audience among those facing increased costs not only for energy in large data centers but also for the ongoing costs associated with cloud computing.

“Cloud computing costs are still expensive and difficult to control, and we face tough 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 not only reduce cloud costs but the 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 some level of commitment to Arm,” said Dan Newman, senior analyst at Futurum Research and CEO of Broadsuite Media Group. “If they don’t, they run the risk of alienating a subset of their customer base.”

The RL300 ships with the company’s Integrated Lights Out (iLO) server management software, which 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 attachment of NVMe storage with up to 10 NVMe SSDs and dual M .2 NVMe SSD options.

The new server, the first of 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 network of partners by the end of Q3 of this year.

Prices for the system were not yet available at the time of going to press.

As Editor At Large for TechTarget’s News Group, Ed Scannell is responsible for writing and reporting breaking news, news analysis and features focused on technology issues and trends affecting enterprise IT professionals.

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