Gen8? Gen9? What’s the difference?

Do you understand the real differences between the newest generation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise ProLiant Servers, Gen9, and the previous generation, Gen8? Knowing, “they’re the latest and greatest” (although true) simply doesn’t cut it anymore. We know that IT managers (like you) are constantly being asked to do more with less and understanding the real differences between generations can be a big help as they are looking to refresh their servers.

Today, we are here to teach you the ins and outs of the HPE ProLiant Gen9 server family and help you see how a new server will help you save money, make money, and reduce costs. 

In this session of Coffee Coaching, David Bartley, an Intel Alliance Manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, takes you through some of the new features you will find in HPE ProLiant Gen9 Servers.

So, what is new with HPE ProLiant Gen9? To start, HPE ProLiant Gen9 Servers are completely standardized on Intel’s Xeon Haswell processors. Customer’s needs are increasingly diversifying, and Intel has listened to and addressed their concerns. With the Intel Haswell family, you can choose between 26 different CPU options, up to 18 cores, and you get a 50% increase in L3 cache to ensure you’re getting the right processor for the right workload.

In the ProLiant Gen8 family, the e (Essentials) and p (Performance) designations were assigned to various server models. With the Gen9 family, the portfolio has expanded with common Intel architecture and the naming convention now better represents the features and positioning for the ProLiant Gen9 servers. 

Gen8 models

Gen9 models

HP ProLiant ML10 Gen8

HPE ProLiant ML10 v2*

HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2

HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9

HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2

HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen9

HP ProLiant ML350e Gen8

HPE ProLiant ML150 Gen9

HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8

HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen9

HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2

HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen9

New server, no transition from Gen8

HPE ProLiant DL60 Gen9

New server, no transition from Gen8

HPE ProLiant DL80 Gen9

New server, no transition from Gen8

HPE ProLiant DL120 Gen9

HP ProLiant DL360e Gen8

HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen9

HP ProLiant DL380e Gen8

HPE ProLiant DL180 Gen9

HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8

HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen9

HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8

HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9

HPE ProLiant DL560 Gen8

HPE ProLiant DL560 Gen9

HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8

HPE ProLiant DL580 Gen9

*HP ProLiant ML10 v2 is not considered a “Gen9” server

Another great feature of the ProLiant Gen9 portfolio is the migration to DDR4 memory from DDR3. And, HPE continued the Gen8 color coding of the DIMM slots in Gen9 to simplify memory configuration and upgrades. **For complete memory configuration details please see the QuickSpecs**

The HPE ProLiant Rack and Tower server portfolio includes the following feature user-inspired innovations to make IT simpler:

  • HPE Smart Socket guides simplify easy access for processor installation
  • HPE Smart Array Controllers deliver enterprise-class RAID controllers that enhance performance, data availability, and storage capacity
  • HPE SmartDrives, SmartMemory, along with HPE Flexible Network adapters provide easy configuration options to enhance efficiencies
  • HPE iLO4 Management is found throughout the Gen9 Rack and Tower portfolio for consistency for support management with an online personalized dashboard and iLO Mobile application for anytime/anywhere access 

Last, but certainly not least, HPE has designed the ProLiant Gen9 portfolio to save you money on the price and total cost of ownership of the server. Gen9 can now get 3x the compute power per watt, which translates to up to 62% cost savings over the life of the server including the initial acquisition cost. HPE also provides 66x faster service delivery with simple automation for a competitive advantage, improving SLA performance.

Between all the new features and savings on cost, you can be assured you get the best solution for your workload! Learn more about HPE ProLiant Gen9 servers and keep up to date with the latest HPE announcements by joining our Coffee Coaching communities on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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