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HP launched a new range of ProLiant servers today aimed at serving converged, cloud and software-defined environments.

HP launched a new range of ProLiant servers today aimed at serving converged, cloud and software-defined environments.

The company said that the range will accelerate IT service delivery by up to 66 times, triple compute capacity and improve IT workload performance by up to four times, compared to the previous generation launched in February 2012.

The first two ‘Generation 9’ servers in the range of racks aimed at SMEs - dubbed DL160 and DL180 - are now available to buy from HP and its channel partners.

The firm will launch five further platforms in the coming months, including two 2P servers and a performance tower.

HP will also release a new blade product and its two supercomputers, Apollo 6000 and 8000, launched at HP Discover in June, will run on the new Generation 9 processors. The products will be phased in for existing customers over an 18-month period.

The company confirmed that the servers will be powered by new Intel processor chips due to be released at the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco this week.

Early test results from customers

HP said that early beta tests of the new range found customers had managed to speed up performance as promised, while saving energy and cutting costs.

For example, HP said gaming technology firm Bally managed to reduce server deployment time by 30 percent.

Bally’s IT lab services manager Mike Owens explained: “One of our biggest server challenges is getting our systems up and running in the least amount of time…we need make sure our systems are set up for our customers as fast as possible.

“Internally, we have very tight testing schedules on a wide variety of platforms and time is money so any reduction in steps and time for provisioning directly affects the bottom line… HP is saving us valuable time and resources that can go towards innovation.”

Mobile technology firm Qualcomm said the Gen9 servers had provided up to 15 percent better data centre performance by increasing server density.

Senior director at Qualcomm Matthew Clark said: “We’re looking to go from 10 to one virtual machines on a physical host, to 20 to one virtual machines per host. This is huge to Qualcomm, because, by increasing the performance and density of our servers, we can ultimately avoid building data centres and instead focus those resources on driving the business.”

Cloud services company Eshgro said it had saved 20 percent on previous costs and increased service delivery speed by 30 percent when trialling the new server range.