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HP ProLiant DL380 G7 review

Verdict

Its high storage capacity and unbeatable expansion potential make the DL380 G7 a versatile 2U rack server

Review Date: 13 Aug 2010

Reviewed By: Dave Mitchell

Price when reviewed: £3,827 (£4,497 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
6 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

The ProLiant DL380 has always been the star player in HP's rack server line-up, so the seventh generation has a lot to live up to. In this exclusive review, we bring you the lowdown on this popular 2U server and see whether the latest G7 model can live up to the hype.

Remote management is a key area of focus for HP, and this is the first ProLiant we've seen with the new iLO3 embedded controller. HP claims the iLO3's remote control is eight times faster than that offered by iLO2, and that virtual media services are more than three times faster.

Its integrated Windows remote console can be more easily scaled to suit multiple monitors, and the Linux version of the console offers more features than it did before. Also, access security for iLO controllers features AES hardware encryption.

HP still insists on holding back the best iLO features as an advanced upgrade. Many vendors provide essential support functions such as server remote control as standard, but to get these on the iLO3 chip you must buy an upgrade licence.

HP ProLiant DL380 G7

You'll also need this if you want power management and video playback. The former provides graphs and analysis of power consumption plus regulation and capping controls, while the latter can capture events such as the boot-up process and allow you to view it at leisure from the iLO Video Player utility.

During testing, we confirmed the new remote control services are noticeably faster with a mouse action that exhibited little or no lag. We also found the new Windows remote console was a smooth operator and could easily be stretched and shaped to the dimensions we desired.

For general server and network device management, HP's Insight Control Edition (ICE) software is included. This runs network discoveries and manages HP servers with Insight agents installed and other SNMP-compliant devices.

ICE provides a smart browser interface offering detailed reports on system operations and asset management. You can remotely upgrade firmware on servers, use thresholds on critical components to send alerts and, with the optional Power Manager upgrade, monitor server power consumption, CPU performance or inlet air temperatures and view historical graphs.

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User comments

Looking at the picture on page 2, where do the extra 8 drives go?

By james016 on 13 Aug 2010

HD expansion

The panel to the right of the drive bays in the picture can be replaced with an extra 8-drive expansion bay.

By DaveMitchell on 13 Aug 2010

HP Drive Cage Options

HP 8SFF CAGE 380G6
NOTE: Supports the HP ProLiant DL380 G7 server.
NOTE: Second drive cage installation replaces internal optical bay.
NOTE: Second drive cage requires second controller or HP SAS Expander Card (468406-B21).
516914-B21

By Dr_Aspirin on 15 Aug 2010

Dell R710

Can you confirm the Dell R710 has 2 x SD for hypervisor redundancy?

The (more expensive) R810 does but I can't find anything from Dell relating to the R710 having the same feature.

Thanks,
Chris.

By Chris_B on 8 Nov 2010

I've just had an online chat with a Dell rep and they say the R710 only has 1 x SD.

It is the R810 that has redundant slots.

By Chris_B on 8 Nov 2010

Dual SD Card

I've spoken to Dell about this. The dual SD card option came out some time after the R710 was launched and it appears Dell has now decided not to retro-fit one to this server.
However, it did advise me that the next generation R710 will have this feature.

By DaveMitchell on 8 Nov 2010

Thanks Dave.

I don't suppose they said when the next gen R710 will be along did they?

By Chris_B on 8 Nov 2010

Avoid the DL380 G7

Seriously, avoid this thing like the plague. http://www.geakeit.co.uk/2010/11/11/review-avoid-t
he-hp-dl380-g7/

By geakeit on 1 Dec 2010

Video Overview of Hp DL380 g7 server

Here is a lively video overview of the Hp DL 380 g7: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08_TAhoRiqaP3e_z
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By ServerStation668 on 24 Mar 2014

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