HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8 review

24 Sep 2012

A classy rack server with a top specification, and the best management and monitoring features on the market

Price when reviewed: 
7,196(£7,196 inc VAT)
Buy it now for 
5

Part of HP’s Project Voyager, the ProLiant DL360p Gen8 supports Intel’s latest E5-2600 Xeon processors, and is targeted at businesses looking for a rack-dense package that can handle high-demand workloads. It also aims to take self-sufficiency to the next level by automatically managing its entire lifecycle.

At the heart of this approach lies HP’s new iLO4 embedded controller, which provides a wealth of new management features. In our exclusive review of the DL380p Gen8 2U rack server, we took a close look at the iLO4 and were mightily impressed with what we saw. The system combines HP’s Agentless Management, Active Health System (AHS) and Embedded Remote Support features. Server monitoring here is even more sophisticated than on the DL380p, too, with HP adding 28 thermal sensors throughout the server. These allow the iLO4 to keep a much closer eye on temperatures across the entire system.

Storage capacity has been improved over the seventh-generation model, with four LFF, eight SFF or ten SFF drive bay options. The disk carriers show off HP’s SmartDrive feature, and are packed with status LEDs, so you can check up on what they’re doing.

HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8

The AHS monitors the drives, and if it identifies a problem it arranges for a replacement unit to be ordered. In fact, there’s little that will get past the AHS, since it monitors more than 1,600 system parameters and locally stores up to 1GB of diagnostics data.

The system’s embedded Smart Array P420i RAID controller, meanwhile, links up directly to the motherboard’s SAS 2 ports and provides plenty of RAID and cache options. Our system came with the full 2GB FBWC (flash-based write cache) module, which does away with the need for a battery pack. It uses a small capacitor and can fully charge itself in around five minutes, providing up to 1min 20secs of power – which is enough time to write the DDR cache contents to flash memory in the event of a power failure.

HP has improved its thermal design, and in the Gen8 has done away with the big air shroud that impeded access in its predecessor. This works well: even with eight fans installed, we found the server to be extremely quiet.

Details

Price ex VAT £5,997

Warranty

Warranty 3yr on-site

Ratings

Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 6
Value for Money 5

Physical

Server format Rack
Server configuration 1U

Processor

CPU family Intel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency 2.00GHz
Processors supplied 2
CPU socket count 2

Memory

RAM capacity 256GB
Memory type DDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration 2 x 600GB HP 10k SAS hot-swap disks
Total hard disk capacity 1,200GB
RAID levels supported 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 4
ILO? yes

Motherboard

PCI-E x16 slots total 2

Power supply

Power supply rating 460W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 92W
Peak power consumption 220W

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