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HP introduced its new Cloudline servers Tuesday at the Open Compute Summit to provide service providers with low cost, scalable infrastructure. The Cloudline family of servers are intended to maximize data center efficiency and increase cloud service agility for providers running hyperscale architectures, the company said in a blog post.
HP Cloudline servers are customizable for various workloads, including cloud computing, web servers, content delivery, hosting, and big data. Cloudline is the result of a partnership with Foxconn, which gives it the benefits of an original design manufacturer (ODM) sourcing model. That sourcing model and the minimalist design allow HP to keep the price down.
“The business success of today’s service providers is directly correlated with their ability to cost-effectively acquire and operate their IT infrastructure to meet customer demand,” said, Alain Andreoli, senior vice president and general manager, HP Servers. “Built on open-design principles with extreme scalability, HP Cloudline servers help service providers reduce infrastructure cost and accelerate service delivery to improve business performance.”
The first five Cloudline products are expected to be available at the end of March, and are designed to play different roles. The CL2200 for instance is a 2U server for big data and storage-intensive cloud applications, while the CL1100 is a 1U system at a lower price point meant for front-end web serving. They will be available in various high-volume quantities.
Cloudline systems are based on the Intel Xeon E5 v3 processor platform. They will also easily integrate into a multi-vendor environment, HP says, because of the use of open management tools like OpenStack, and common industry interfaces like IPMI in hardware and firmware. Cloudline is also optimized for HP Helion, the OpenStack-based development platform the company launched last year.
HP will also deliver support services and finance packages for service providers, bundling them with the infrastructure and software necessary to quickly deploy a service to a new market. New support service include HP Service Provider Ready Solutions for a range of support services, HP Service Provider Growth Suite for investment and asset management solutions, HP DatacenterCare for Service Providers for support and consulting services, and HP PartnerOne Service Provider for streamlining and integration.
Worldwide server sales reached $50.9 billion last year, according to the Q4 2014 server report from IDC, released earlier in March.
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