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Server Efficiency Can Be Increased and Costs Reduced—Both At the Same Time!

Operating and cooling inefficient servers is expensive—that can chip away at your profitability and can limit your organization’s potential. Why not consider refreshing your data center infrastructure to gain the benefits of a modern IT infrastructure?


Compudyne improves app performance & maintains 100% service availability for clients with HP Gen8

Learn how Compudyne, a long-time HP partner based in Duluth, Minnesota, has long relied on HP ProLiant servers, both in its own server infrastructure as well as at customer sites.

“And the Winner of the 2009 Best Server Golden Globe is…”

If you were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the sexy HP ProLiant G6 Server making its way down the red carpet at the industry’s hotly contested Server Golden Globe Awards in Serverwood, CA, I’m sure you will agree that it will make the industry’s best-dressed lists.

Among the many accolades received last year, HP ProLiant added “2009 Best Server Golden Globe” to its shelf of statuettes.  Like Hollywood’s Golden Globes which are chosen by experts in the field, these prestigious awards are based on key IT influencers’ opinions, critical product reviews from industry-leading publications, as well as customers - around the world.

Right out of the gate, in the category of CRN Tech Innovators-Best Servers of 2009 , the HP ProLiant G6 portfolio wins! This award goes to “products that used new or innovative ways and approaches to bridge gaps between problem and solution, leading the way in the industry.” Here’s a photo of one of HP’s product marketing guys, McLeod Glass, picking up the award. HP also received CRN/Everything Channel’s 2009 Annual Report Card (ARC) Award for Mid-Range Server Company of the Year  “for support, product innovation and partnership. In particular, relative to the competition, VARs awarded HP excellent scores in revenue and profit potential.” Additionally, HP ProLiant G6 won the “volume mainstream business servers” category of the 2009 ARC Awards.

The Windows IT Pro Editors’ Best Award gold medal went to the sleek, powerful and stylish HP ProLiant DL380 G6 server as a rock-solid workhorse from the HP ProLiant line, which one Windows IT Pro staffer touted as being so widely used, he referred to it as “likely represented in every datacenter in existence.” And the community voted to make the HP ProLiant DL380 G6 this year’s gold medal winner of the Windows IT Pro Community Choice Award, highlighting its “excellent power, reliability and manageability for a solid price.”

Over in Europe, ZDNet UK’s Editors’ Choice Award also went to the HP ProLiant DL380 G6 for excellent ratings in design, features, performance, as well as service and support.

Down south in Latin America, HP ProLiant BladeSystem BL490 G6 was named “Best Server” at the PC World Latin America Awards 2009.

The acceptance speech given by an HP ProLiant G6 Server upon receiving word of these awards will be on highlight reels for years to come:

“Thank you so much for this set of amazing industry honors! I would like to thank the editors of CRN, ZDNet, Windows IT Pro, as well as my incredible supporting channel partners and customers for believing in me. *Sniffle* Next, I’d like to thank the ProLiant/ Industry Standard Servers team at HP for making me the server I am today. The HP ProLiant G5 line of servers, as well as those ProLiants that came before them, paved the way for me and I can’t thank them enough. *Sniffle, Sniffle*  Despite these honors, I will stay grounded in 2010 by continuing to focus on helping customers do more with less. I’ll do this through helping them better manage their power, ease their management headaches and by helping them sleep easy at night knowing reliability is in my DNA. Thank you again!”


Solid State Drives and DL380 G6 Rev Up SQL Server

By S.R., HP Industry Standard Servers.


The HP ProLiant DL380 G6 achieved the #1 TPC-H 100GB price/performance spot for servers running Microsoft SQL Server.  This benchmark is the industry's first ever TPC-H publication using Solid State Drives, demonstrating HP's commitment to high performance technology.

Read the details of the benchmark at:

And check out the new drives at:


Labels: dl380| solid state

HP leads the market with ENERGY STAR qualified servers

By Lauren Trost. 

The EPA completed their first ENERGY STAR® specification for server products on May 15, 2009.  Starting with the best selling servers in the industry, HP announced the immediate availability of ENERGY STAR® compliant DL380 and DL360 configurations.   These represent one of the first ENERGY STAR servers in the market. 

The partnership between the EPA and HP is very strong as Andrew Fanara, ENERGY STAR Program Manager states, "The US EPA is very pleased to have worked with HP on this important new specification which will accelerate the reduction of energy consumption in the data center, help businesses reduce operating costs, and encourage companies to be more environmentally responsible."

HP designed the G6 products to be dramatically more energy efficient and to be ENERGY STAR® compliant. This is the same energy efficient HP ProLiant G6 platform with Thermal Logic technology as launched in March 2009 - but we can now announce that we provide configurations that meet certification requirements for by the EPA.

The new G6 ProLiant servers use HP's exclusive Thermal Logic Technology, which offers a whole new architecture for power savings and delivers up to double the power efficiency of x86 servers sold just two years ago.

Thermal Logic Technology features include:

  • Dynamic Power Capping - enables customers to triple the number of servers in the data center by dynamically setting or "capping" the power drawn by servers. Dynamic Power Capping allows three times as many servers to be deployed within an existing data center. This enables customers to reclaim lost capacity due to over provisioning of power resources.

  • Sea of Sensors - a collection of 32 smart sensors reduces server power usage based on real-time adjustments to operating conditions such as workload. These sensors provide fine-grained environmental monitoring throughout the system, preventing overcooling and adjusting fan speeds to avoid wasting power. When I/O or memory slots are not in use, the sensors can automatically reduce power accordingly.

  • Common Slot Power Supplies - help minimize power waste by allowing customers to choose from four power supplies to match their specific workloads. Customers can achieve more than 92 percent energy efficiency in the majority of real-world configurations

Based on the energy efficiency built into HP's ProLiant platform, HP will expand the number of configurations to include the DL180, DL160, DL320, DL350, DL370, DL385G5P, and ML150 servers.

For more information on HP ENERGY STAR servers check out

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