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HP boosts midrange ProLiant servers with Nehalem

In today's news in brief, Hewlett-Packard midrange ProLiant servers now ship with HP Insight Control and other server management perks.

Hewlett-Packard Co. will ship updated versions of its bread-and-butter x86 servers: the rackmount ProLiant DL360 G7 and DL380 G7 with support for the Intel Xeon 5600 Series processor, aka "Nehalem."

HP claims major performance improvements over previous generations of DL300 series servers. Compared with the G4 generation, HP said that the G7s deliver a 20:1 consolidation ratio in terms of performance per watt, utilization and virtualization.

In terms of management, the servers include HP Insight Control, and for remote management, the latest version of Integrated Lights-Out, iLO 3. Combined with Insight Control, HP Dynamic Power Capping monitor power usage levels protects circuit breakers. HP Thermal Logic and its "Sea of Sensors" control 32 sensors across the system to optimize power consumption.

The DL360 G7 is a dual-processor rackmount server that supports up to 192 GB of RAM in 18 dual-inline memory module (or DIMM) slots, eight internal drive bays, and 2 PCI Express (PCIe) expansion slots. At 1U, the DL360 is designed for space-constrained environments. Pricing for the DL360 starts at $2,279.

The DL380 G7 is a 2U server, which increases the number of PCIe exansion slots to six. List price starts at $2,429.

The first round of G7 ProLiants, announced in March were based on Advanced Micro Devices Inc. 6100 series processors: the DL165 G7, the DL385 G7, and the SL165z.

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