There’s been some extra leaks of info from some beta testers:
- CPU: One person with access to a beta testing unit says it has an i3-3220T CPU with standard HP Heatsink screwed to the motherboard. This bodes well for user-upgradable CPU’s!
- SATA PORTS: The beta unit only has one internal SATA port, contradicting earlier reports and HP documents that it will have two. Beta units are not necessarily the same as final shipping units. In fact, they just about never are.
- NEW BOOT DEVICE? Apart from the known USB2 port on the motherboard that many of us use a USB stick to boot ESXi or FreeNAS from, there is also now a micro-SD card slot on the motherboard. Again, this may not make the final product, but I like the idea!
- RAID5 CAPABILITY FIRMER: There is provision for mounting a Flash-Backed Write Cache (FBWC) on a bracket near the Optical Drive bay. The FBWC is the newer version of the cache & battery for the Smart Array cards. This is required for RAID5 operation on the b120i Smart Array controller, however the connector for this is yet to be found in the unit.
There is also a whisper that with iLO4 features comes the normal Gen8 stuff – Smart Update manager (SUM), Intelligent Provisioning, Insight Manager/Insight Online, Active Health, ProLiant ‘Sea of Sensors’ and other features that are found on the higher end Gen8 ProLiants. It seems that HP are really taking the Microserver to the enterprise.
Oh, and I found this in my email box tonight: