HP Microserver Gen9 around the corner?

The guys over at ServeTheHome have let the cat out of the bag – HP intends to announce their new Proliant Gen9 server range next week.

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The new HP Proliant Gen9 range, coming soon!

Some interesting tidbits from the article:

HP has undergone a major mindset change over the past few years. Instead of selling well designed, x86 commodity servers, HP is re-thinking how it goes to market. The vision HP is pushing is really one that compute infrastructure will increasingly be managed as pools of resources specialized for specific tasks.

HP’s scaling story is building servers with each successive generation that are easier to manage in pools. HP Gen9 is rolling out with UEFI enhancements and a management platform that will aid in this effort.

The other interesting note about the announcement is the date. The HP ProLiant Gen9 servers are due out on September 8. The company also said that we would see DDR4 and Haswell architectures with the HP Gen9 server lineup. The company also cited that the Intel Developer Forum on September 9-10 in San Francisco would be a place where we would hear more about the line-up. With the major Apple event scheduled for 9/9/2014 there is a likely date for the Haswell-EP (Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3) that we can deduce from this, even if Intel is mum on the subject.

This is all very interesting. What does it mean for the Microserver SKU’s? Well, not very much at all. I would expect that they get a revised motherboard with a later chipset, a CPU bump to the ‘Haswell Refresh’ G1840T and G3240T, and the new Gen9 Management features – whatever they are. There might be newer versions of the Broadcom NICs, More USB3 ports… things along that line. I don’t think we get iLO5 but definitely new & updated onboard management, diagnostic and provisioning tools will be on the cards.

With a new SKU coming, I expect to see some special deals on the Gen8 Microservers coming up later in the year. The Gen9 release of the Proliants is due within a week or so, and we are likely to see a new Gen9 Microserver coming out before the end of the year. Remember that the E3-1220’s go into these quite happily and give a massive boost in performance. So if you can find a cheap E3 CPU – or even have one lying around from upgrades – and the Gen8 chassis goes back on the rebate specials we saw with the N40L/N56L units, definitely worth your time to grab one.

We are seeing the G1610T unit here in Australia retail from AUD$499 at some e-tailers, so if it dipped below AUD$300 they would likely sell very quick.

4 comments for “HP Microserver Gen9 around the corner?

  1. Iain Sheppard
    September 5, 2014 at 12:52

    I still havent moved off my HP Microserver N54L but with a Gen 9 one coming out that might make a run out on the Gen 8’s very nice. What do you see the G9 Microservers being able to take from the E3 range processor wise?

    • Monsta
      September 5, 2014 at 13:25

      Hi Iain;

      Just a cursory glance of the Haswell E3-1xxx list (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Xeon_microprocessors#.22Haswell.22_.2822_nm.29 for the list I look at) of CPUs tends to suggest that anything tagged as a Low-Power CPU (Ending with the ‘L’ designation) would probably work apart from the E3-1284Lv3 which is a BGA package CPU (so soldered to the mobo, just like the G7 units). I would think the E3-1220v3 would also likely be okay, but it is an 80W TDP part. You would of course have to disable Turbo Mode, and possibly also take the Multi down a couple of multipliers if you can even do that on the Gen8’s.

      It could be that HP decide to go for the E3-1284Lv3 and leave us with a non-upgradable CPU. Mind you, that would not be a bad thing. It is a very good CPU and has the Intel Iris Pro graphics which are definitely better than most of the other standard HD Graphics built into the other CPUs. It also has all the other ‘fruit’ you want, namely VT-d which the stock Pentiums (Celerons?) lack.

      I am also still on my N40L’s at the moment, although they are no longer ESXi boxes. One has been turned into a XPenology NAS (4x 3TB Toshiba HDD, configured RAID5) which feeds my Samsung Smart TV via the Plex Media Server App. The other which I have only just decommissioned is going to be also turned into an XPenology box, this time the disks in RAID10 and configured as NFS/iSCSI target for my new ESXi boxes.

      Those boxes are HP Elite 8300 SFF’s with an i5 in them, plus all the Intel vPro manageability. I scored them from a client for $75 each, and they are less than 12 months old. Plus I can fit all my HP low profile cards in them, p410 RAID Card, NC360T NIC. Already purchased NC364T 4-port NICs and just waiting for them to arrive. Will also need some RAM, these can take 32GB without a problem.

  2. September 15, 2014 at 04:33

    Since HP has gone to holding customers ransom with their “buy support packages” to get firmware updates after product warranty expires, and prevents you from downloading firmware from date of even when the product was covered.

    I would avoid HP products like the plague from this point forward until they stop holding customers for ransom… its’ criminal behavior.

    • Monsta
      September 17, 2014 at 10:42

      There are plenty of ways to get the required updates. Since the Microserver is considered a Proliant, then the Proliant Support Pack (SPP) is available from various sources online.

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