HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8 review

£7196
Price when reviewed

Part of HP’s Project Voyager, the ProLiant DL360p Gen8 supports Intel’s latest E5-2600 Xeon processors, and is targeted at businesses looking for a rack-dense package that can handle high-demand workloads. It also aims to take self-sufficiency to the next level by automatically managing its entire lifecycle.

At the heart of this approach lies HP’s new iLO4 embedded controller, which provides a wealth of new management features. In our exclusive review of the DL380p Gen8 2U rack server, we took a close look at the iLO4 and were mightily impressed with what we saw. The system combines HP’s Agentless Management, Active Health System (AHS) and Embedded Remote Support features. Server monitoring here is even more sophisticated than on the DL380p, too, with HP adding 28 thermal sensors throughout the server. These allow the iLO4 to keep a much closer eye on temperatures across the entire system.

Storage capacity has been improved over the seventh-generation model, with four LFF, eight SFF or ten SFF drive bay options. The disk carriers show off HP’s SmartDrive feature, and are packed with status LEDs, so you can check up on what they’re doing.

HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8

The AHS monitors the drives, and if it identifies a problem it arranges for a replacement unit to be ordered. In fact, there’s little that will get past the AHS, since it monitors more than 1,600 system parameters and locally stores up to 1GB of diagnostics data.

The system’s embedded Smart Array P420i RAID controller, meanwhile, links up directly to the motherboard’s SAS 2 ports and provides plenty of RAID and cache options. Our system came with the full 2GB FBWC (flash-based write cache) module, which does away with the need for a battery pack. It uses a small capacitor and can fully charge itself in around five minutes, providing up to 1min 20secs of power – which is enough time to write the DDR cache contents to flash memory in the event of a power failure.

HP has improved its thermal design, and in the Gen8 has done away with the big air shroud that impeded access in its predecessor. This works well: even with eight fans installed, we found the server to be extremely quiet.

Warranty

Warranty3yr on-site

Ratings

Physical

Server formatRack
Server configuration1U

Processor

CPU familyIntel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency2.00GHz
Processors supplied2
CPU socket count2

Memory

RAM capacity256GB
Memory typeDDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration2 x 600GB HP 10k SAS hot-swap disks
Total hard disk capacity1,200GB
RAID levels supported0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports4
ILO?yes

Motherboard

PCI-E x16 slots total2

Power supply

Power supply rating460W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption92W
Peak power consumption220W

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