HP Servers: ProLiant Guide

HP servers in the ProLiant server line is spread across all categories of servers, including rack, tower, blade and scale-out lines. For anyone confused about HP server names or trying to determine which server would fit best for a specific function, the first step is understanding the OEM’s five basic categories.

HP servers (Short for Hewlett-Packard servers) in the ProLiant server line is spread across all categories of servers, including rack, tower, blade and scale-out lines. HP also offers a ProLiant MicroServer — a cost-effective starter server aimed at small businesses with fewer than 10 clients. In this “HP ProLiant Servers Buyer’s Guide” article on ServerWatch, author Drew Robb looks at HP server names and explains which HP server would fit best for a specific function.


1. HP ProLiant ML Tower Servers

These HP ProLiant ML servers are best for remote and branch offices in need of networking, file-and-print, and shared Internet access, as well as plenty of internal storage. The individual servers on offer are the ML110 G6, NEW ML110 G7, ML150 G6, ML330 G6, ML350 G6, ML370 G6 and ML310 G5p servers.

2. HP ProLiant DL Rack Mount Servers

DL servers work best for businesses in need of email, networking, virtualization and messaging. They pack a good amount of computing power in a small footprint. Models include: DL120 G6, NEW DL120 G7, DL160 G6, DL165 G7, DL180 G6, DL320 G6, DL370 G6, DL360 G7, DL380 G7, NEW DL385 G7, DL580 G7, DL585 G7, DL785 G6, DL980 G7 and NEW DL170e G6 (DL2000 Multi Node Servers).

3. HP ProLiant BL Blade Servers

BL server blades are part of HP BladeSystem. Krista Satterthwaite, group manager, HP BladeSystem Servers, said they are suited to data centers and use with external storage.The BL200 series, for example, is designed for scale-out as well as HPC customers, supporting compute cluster applications and operating systems. Models include: BL280c G6, NEW BL2x220c G7, NEW BL460c G7, NEW BL465c G7, NEW BL490c G7, NEW BL620c G7, NEW BL680c G7 and NEW BL685c G7.

Read the complete “HP ProLiant Servers Buyer’s Guide” article to learn more about all five categories of HP servers.

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This article was originally published on July 27, 2011

Drew Robb
Drew Robb has been writing about IT and engineering for more than 25 years. Originally from Scotland, he now lives in Florida.

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