Communiqué de presse: 10. juin 2009

HP Advances Scale-out Computing with Breakthrough Data Center Solution

Companies with “scale-out” business models such as these, which operate with thousands of servers, are pushing the limits of current technology solutions. The new HP ExSO portfolio, which spans data center solutions, services and support, helps 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 €109 million* in reduced capital expenditures and €9.8 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 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 extreme scale out requirements like hosting companies or companies with high performance computing needs want to achieve greatest economy of scale,” said Christian Keller, Vice President, Industry Standard Servers, HP EMEA. “With the HP’s extreme scale-out technology, these customers are able to innovate, increase their business agility and be simply more effective by deploying HP ProLiant SL. HP’s x86 long term server market leadership in EMEA demonstrates that HP’s innovations are offering sustained value to customers.”

Kognitio, who has an excellent reputation for the management and migration of complex data, building business intelligence and CRM solutions decided to use HP scale out technology. “Solving data warehousing problems related to acquisition, rationalization and analysis of large and complex information requires a uniquely powerful computing system,” says Roger Gaskell, CTO, Kognitio. “The HP ProLiant SL6000 Scalable System delivers the density; performance and efficiency that we need to manage these workloads and deliver the results our customers expect.”

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:
• Exceptional energy savings – consolidated power and cooling infrastructure and unique air flow design uses 28 percent less power per server than traditional rack-based servers. This can result in a savings of €2,9 million a year in energy costs.(2) Overall, the system uses 52,000 fewer megawatts per year.

• Ultra-lightweight design – reductions in the metal used in the ProLiant SL servers decrease weight by 31 percent.(3) This dramatically reduces shipping costs, data center floor support requirements and overall facility construction costs. It also eliminates 760,7 tons of server hardware, or the equivalent of nearly four and a half Boeing 747 jets, from a scale-out data center.(4)
• Modular configurations – provide rapid installation and deployment through swappable “compute trays.” The new compute architecture delivers double the density(5) with up to 672 processor cores and 10 terabytes of capacity per 42U rack. Built on industry-standards, the servers allow customers to easily mix and match storage and compute components to meet the requirements of their applications.
• Reduced cost-to-scale – volume packaging significantly reduces acquisition costs for customers who require thousands of server nodes. This adds up to a total savings in capital expenditure of €10.4 million in a scale-out data center(6)
“With the SL, Extreme ScaleOut product line, HP aims at addressing one of the few bright spots in the current European server marketplace: high-density computing environments,” says Giorgio Nebuloni, Research Analyst with IDC's European Server Infrastructure Group. “Companies with vast server infrastructure in Web, hosting and commercial High Performance Computing areas are increasingly looking to have commoditized, x86-based server pools made out of low-power, affordable hardware, where the overlying grid software architecture provides both performance and redundancy.”

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 Datacenter 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 €1,7 million per year and a return on investment within 12 months.(7)
HP Datacenter 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.
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