HP Advances Scale-out Computing with Breakthrough Data Center Solution

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 10, 2009

HP today launched the HPExtreme Scale-Out (ExSO) portfolio designed to deliver a newmagnitude of cost and resource savings for businesses involved inWeb 2.0, cloud and high-performance computing.

Companies with “scale-out”business models such as these, which operate with thousands ofservers, 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 centersolutions, services and support, helps these customers reducecosts, improve facility efficiency and dramatically accelerate timeto market on a massive scale. The portfolio enables these customersto save more than $152.8 million in reduced capital expendituresand $13.7 million in energy costs.(1)

At the core of the HP ExSOportfolio is the HP ProLiant SL server family, which uses a”skinless” systems architecture that replaces the traditionalchassis and rack form factors with an extremely lightweight railand tray design. As a result, customers can dramatically reducecapital, facilities and shipping costs while using a fraction ofthe space normally required in a data center. Additionally, itsultra-efficient, modular design enables customers to quickly andeasily build solutions that meet extreme scale-out workloadrequirements.

With the HP ProLiant SLportfolio, customers can cut acquisition costs by 10 percent andpower draw by 28 percent, while doubling their computedensity.(2)

“Customers with scale-outbusiness models need solutions that make every dollar, watt andsquare foot in the data center count,” said Christine Reischl,senior vice president and general manager, Industry StandardServers, HP. “The HP ProLiant SL offers pioneering customers likethese the most significant design innovation since the blade formfactor, allowing them to achieve an economy of scale never beforepossible.”

Purpose-builtserver infrastructure for extreme scale

The HP ProLiant SL serverfamily offers a breakthrough in server architecture designedspecifically for extreme-scale environments. The solution offerscustomers the following benefits:

  • Exceptional energy savings – consolidated power andcooling infrastructure and unique air flow design uses 28 percentless power per server than traditional rack-based servers. This canresult in a savings of $4.1 million a year in energycosts.(2) Overall, the system uses 52,000 fewermegawatts per year, which is enough energy savings to power morethan 4,600 average U.S. households for a year.(3)
  • Ultra-lightweight design – reductions in the metal usedin the ProLiant SL servers decrease weight by 31percent.(4) This dramatically reduces shipping costs,data center floor support requirements and overall facilityconstruction costs. It also eliminates 838.5 tons of serverhardware, or the equivalent of nearly four and a half Boeing 747jets, from a scale-out data center.(5)
  • Modular configurations – provide rapid installation anddeployment through swappable “compute trays.” The new computearchitecture delivers double the density(6) with up to672 processor cores and 10 terabytes of capacity per 42U rack.Built on industry standards, the servers allow customers to easilymix and match storage and compute components to meet therequirements of their applications.
  • Reduced cost-to-scale – volume packaging significantlyreduces acquisition costs for customers who require thousands ofserver nodes. This adds up to a total savings in capitalexpenditure of $14.5 million in a scale-out datacenter.(7)

“Businesses built onextreme scale-out environments, such as cloud, Web 2.0 and HPC,operate at maximum transaction volume and low margins,” saidMichelle Bailey, research vice president, IDC. “These customershave very distinct and unique data center requirements,specifically around energy efficiency, cost and time to market. Theintroduction of technology solutions such as the ExSO portfoliofrom HP are specifically addressing customer requirements foroptimizing capitol expenditures while lowering ongoing operatingcosts. As a result, these solutions are helping to redefine datacenter economics.”

Delivering theintelligent ExSO data center

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

HP Data CenterEnvironmental Edge uses a system of wireless sensors placedthroughout a data center to monitor a variety of variables, such astemperature, humidity, air pressure and power utilization. Thesystem provides real-time visualization of environmental variablesso administrators can perform root cause analysis to eliminateexcess operational costs.

Specializedengagement, delivery model and services

Additional new services forExSO environments provide customers with a customized engagementexperience through their entire technology lifecycle. Packaged ExSOservices include scheduled on-site repair options, on-site seedinventory of parts and installation services specifically designedfor environments that support thousands of servers. These servicescan be customized to match customer needs.

In addition, the company’sleasing and lifecycle asset management services subsidiary, HP Financial Services, helps customers expand or renew their ITinfrastructures with the entire line of ExSO offerings throughflexible leasing and financing solutions.

HP’s existing scale-outcomputing 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 lastyear.

More information isavailable at www.hp.com/go/extremescaleout.


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

(2) Costsavings based on internal pricing comparing the HP ProLiant DL160G6 server to the HP ProLiant SL2x170z server; power savings basedon HP comparisons of traditional rack servers with SL2x170z; doubledensity based on fitting two server nodes in the physical space ofone traditional 1U node.

(3)Estimated savings based HP comparison of traditional rack serversto SL2x170z in 100,000-square-foot data center; typical home uses11.23 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) A100,000-square-foot data center (88,000 servers) has 1,716 tons ofDell PowerEdge R610 and 878 tons of SL2x170z; a savings of 838.5tons = 4.3 Boeing 747s (195 tons average empty weight).

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

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

(8) Basedon a 100,000-square foot data center, using 29 MW, at $.08 kWhelectricity price, full capacity.

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