HP ProLiant DL385 G7 review

£4231
Price when reviewed

Upgrading to 16 drives requires the blanking plate on the front panel to be replaced with a second eight-drive bay, but this means you’ll be unable to fit an optical drive. You’ll also need to add an extra Smart Array or Smart SAS expander PCI Express card to manage it.

The price for the review system includes a single 460W power supply, but you can fit two for redundancy. HP also offers 460W, 750W or 1,200W versions, all of which share a common slot form factor.

In our power tests, we found the Opterons hungrier than a Xeon 5600. With Windows Server 2008 Enterprise R2 running in idle we measured a draw of 103W, and with the processor under heavy load from SiSoft Sandra this peaked at 186W. The DL380 G7 has the same storage configuration as this server but a single 2.67GHz E5640 Xeon and 6GB of DDR3 memory. This drew a mere 72W in idle and 145W when under load.

HP ProLiant DL385 G7

Remote server management receives a boost, as the DL385 G7 has HP’s new iLO3 embedded controller – the best of its type on the market. We covered all its features in our review of the DL380 G7 and were impressed with what we saw.

HP has also updated its Insight Control Edition (ICE) management software, with version 6 now offering tools for migrating OSes and apps. If you’re concerned about power consumption, both the iLO3 and ICE offer a fine selection of monitoring and management functions.

From the iLO3 interface you can view graphs of power consumption and apply dynamic or manual capping to stop the server using more than a set amount of power, expressed in Watts or Btu/hr. Dynamic power regulation can also be applied to force the server to lower the processor’s performance to stay within specified thresholds.

The ICE management interface requires an optional licence upgrade, but it can provide graphical power usage information along with CPU performance and exhaust temperatures. ICE can also alert you by email if the server is getting too thirsty.

All in all, the HP ProLiant DL385 G7 is capable of handling a wide variety of workloads, and it’s a very good candidate for server virtualisation. Power management features are top-notch and it’s comparatively good value as well.

Warranty

Warranty 3yr on-site next business day

Ratings

Physical

Server format Rack
Server configuration 2U

Processor

CPU family AMD Opteron
CPU nominal frequency 2.40GHz
Processors supplied 1
CPU socket count 2

Memory

RAM capacity 256GB
Memory type DDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration 3 x 146GB HP SFF 15K 6Gbps SAS hard disks in hot-swap carriers
Total hard disk capacity 438
RAID module HP embedded Smart Array P410i with 256MB cache
RAID levels supported 0, 1, 10, 5

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 4
ILO? yes

Power supply

Power supply rating 460W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 103W
Peak power consumption 186W

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