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.
By Doug Hascall (Firmware Engineering Manager, Integrated Lights-Out)
Today, Integrated Lights-Out 3 (iLO 3) makes its big public debut. This is a huge step forward in iLO technology. The ASIC and firmware teams worked many long hours to bring iLO 3 to completion. It is my opinion that one of the strengths of the iLO product is that HP builds both the ASIC hardware and the firmware ourselves. The ASIC architects and the firmware architects work together and collaboratively build a great product. Because our firmware engineers are able to work side-by-side with the ASIC engineers, we can create highly-optimized and industry-leading features like the Integrated Remote Console and Sea of Sensors. Our iLO firmware has the advantage of running on a custom-designed ASIC that is specifically made to be the perfect management processor for ProLiant.
The new iLO 3 ASIC features more horsepower for our firmware to exploit. Both the original iLO and iLO 2 used the same 66 MHz RISC CPU. I'm frequently amazed at how much functionality we squeezed out of those 66 MHz! Now, with iLO 3, we have a 250 MHz ARM 9 core, DDR memory, PCI Express and USB 2.0 interfaces. Just wait until our customers see what we can do with three times the horsepower.
With iLO 3 we have a Remote Console this is eight times faster than iLO 2 and Virtual Media that is more than three times faster. Turbo-charged performance is one of the marketing talking points of iLO 3. The Integrated Remote Console (IRC) for Windows is completely redesigned. It uses DirectX for video rendering and is based on a .NET Framework. One of the coolest features of the new IRC is how it can scale down the remote console screen to be as small as a thumbnail or stretch it across two physical monitors. Let's see the competition do that with a little Java applet! Also with iLO 3, is a new look and feel to the web-based user interface. The iLO 3 GUI is based on Java Script Object Notation (JSON); it looks awesome and performs fantastic on a wide variety of web browsers.
We have been working on the iLO 3 ASIC and firmware for over three years. I hope our customers agree that it is worth the wait. To me, the only word to describe it is "awesome". I'm very proud of all the engineers at HP who worked tirelessly to make this happen.
The product you can't live without just got better: Announcing the next generation of iLO Advanced (iLO 3), powering Insight Control
By Brad Kirby, iLO Product Marketing
Technology now lives in every corner of the organizations in which we work. Every remote office, every retail outlet, and every factory floor has desktops, laptops, servers, networking equipment, and even shared storage connected back to the corporate data center. The employees in those locations and their customers depend on this infrastructure to be up and running - and when things go wrong, it's important to get everything up and running again quickly. Case in point, there are few situations more annoying than waiting around at because of some technology issue. Nobody wants to be told to "please be patient" because the server is offline; most folks want to make their purchase and then move on to their next item on the checklist.
But if you're an IT department, putting an IT administrator in each retail outlet, remote office, and factory location can be pretty costly. Most of the time things work just fine, and hiring someone to sit around most of the day, or most of the year, just doesn't make sense. That said, you can't afford to have your cash registers go offline or lose the ability to check inventory either. You have to strike a balance. How do you ensure that the servers on the outskirts of the network stay up, stay connected, and keep doing the work that they're supposed to be doing without spending a fortune?
If you're an HP ProLiant customer, hopefully you've discovered the answer already... Use Integrated Lights-Out, or iLO for short. iLO Advanced - the cornerstone of HP Insight Control - is the IT Administrator that ships with every ProLiant server. iLO is enabled through a management processor, or if you know the lingo, a baseboard management controller (BMC) that enables IT administrators working in a central network operations center to remotely control servers in far flung locations. But unlike pedestrian BMC's that provide simple server power-on power-off capabilities, iLO and the iLO Advanced upgrade (part of comprehensive Insight Control server management) allow up to six IT administrators to view and share control of a remote management session. It makes it easy to install software updates or even an entire operating system over the network. It can capture and replay server boot and fault sequences, and it can be used to remove viruses and other malware (with some help, of course).
iLO Advanced is also the brains behind ProLiant's industry leading power and thermal management with Insight Control power management. It captures power and thermal measurements; it regulates processor clock speed to optimize power efficiency; it can cap power at a specific wattage to make peak power usage more predictable and help IT departments fill their server racks; and it provides pinpoint control of fans to deliver airflow only when and where it's needed.
What's even better is that iLO just got a power-boost. All of HP's new ProLiant G7 servers will ship with iLO 3 and support HP Insight Control. With iLO 3, you can remotely install new operating systems and patches 3.6x faster than its predecessor and the turbo-charged remote console performance removes the need for any other remote management consoling software or hardware. For the security conscious, iLO 3 now supports the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) in hardware, so you gain the benefit of best-in-class encryption without the performance hit. iLO 3 also supports IPMI-LAN and the new Data Center Manageability Interface (DCMI) to allow core management functions to be carried out in a consistent way across x86 server platforms. And increased CPU and memory capacity, you can bet on more time and cost saving capabilities in the future.
Well, if you weren't aware of iLO Advanced (powering Insight Control) before today, you have now found a friend that will help you manage your servers from anywhere, whether they're across the hall or across the globe. If you knew about and depend on HP Insight Control with iLO already, you'll definitely love iLO 3. When you get your first ProLiant G7 server, we'd encourage you to give iLO 3 a spin and let us know how it goes. We're positive it's going to pleasantly surprise.
By Jim Ganthier, VP, marketing, Industry Standard Servers, HP
Today is a big day for HP and AMD. We have been partners with AMD for quite a while (in my case going back to the industry's first AMD based Presario's in the mid-90's), We jointly introduced HP’s first AMD Opteron based server in 2004, and together we have delivered a great combination of server performance and innovation for our customers. I'm very happy to see that as AMD launches its new AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors, our strong partnership continues with the next generation of HP ProLiant servers.
Our customers are finding that HP's ProLiant server innovations address their key needs and pain points - energy efficiency, virtualization and management - and deliver more business value on every IT dollar they spend. The result: strong returns over and above their server refresh investments. The value proposition of our latest generation ProLiant servers is clear and customers are clearly voting with their wallets. ProLiant G6 servers have experienced the fastest generational transition in HP's 20-year x86 server history.
In fact, when replacing three generation old servers (ProLiant G4) with today's new ProLiant systems, customers can see a 27x improvement in performance in the same power envelope, consolidation ratios of as much as 23:1 and a pay-back on their investment in as little as 2 months.
These great customer benefits and ROI are enabled by the innovative capabilities in our next generation ProLiant servers, such as lower energy bills through our innovative HP Thermal Logic technologies. This includes Sea of Sensors - 32 sensors sprinkled throughout ProLiant servers which fine tune the power consumption automatically leading to up to 97% improvement in energy efficiency, and Dynamic Power Capping which can triple a customer's datacenter capacity. And at the heart of today's newly announced HP ProLiant G7 servers is the AMD Opteron 6100 Series processor that can deliver double the performance of previous processors -which is great for core and memory-intensive workloads such as virtualization and database.
When you take HP's success delivering superior server innovations to enable a converged infrastructure, and combine that with AMD Opteron processors, we believe the value we collectively bring to customers can't be matched.
We'd love to hear what you think of our latest generation ProLiant servers so please let us know.
Here is a list of industry experts who will be at the HP Blogger Summit in Houston, Texas on February 24th- February 26th. I am personally looking forward to what buzzes around and about the Houston Campus!
Stephen Foskett: @SFoskett his blog is called Pack Rat. See what he has to say at http://bit.ly/Va6gN
Simon Seagrave: @Kiwi_Si writes about all things virtualization. Check out Simon’s blog at http://bit.ly/swP3a
Martin MacLoeod: @martinmacleod is a blade pro! Stay tuned in to his blog, BladeWatch http://bit.ly/5Blk1B
Rich Brambley: @rbrambley specializes in virtual infrastructure design and implementation. Read his blog, VM/ETC http://bit.ly/14oIR0
Frank Owen: @fowen has a blog called TechVirtuoso. Check out his recent posts http://bit.ly/20JUee
Greg Knieriemen: @Knieriemen knows storage. Find his podcasts at StorageMonkeys http://bit.ly/a6Lh6B
John Obeto: @johnobeto blogs about MSFT Windows and supporting technologies. Check it out http://bit.ly/1lbaPc
Chris M. Evans: @chrismevans discusses storage, virtualization and social networking on his blog. Visit him http://bit.ly/nl6L
Devang Panchigar: @storagenerve has been in the storage/virtualization/compute industry for several years. Stop by here: http://bit.ly/TlLZp
Kevin Houston: @Kevin_Houston writes about all things blades. He says: http://bit.ly/4kvudC