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Key Differences in HP ProLiant Gen9 Server Series: 10, 100, 300, 500


The HP ProLiant Gen9 series designations align the design and features of the servers to meet workload demands—whether they are for small, midsized, or enterprise businesses. So what are these series? All ProLiant Gen9 Rack and Tower servers will fall in either the 10, 100, 300, or 500 series with the purpose of ensuring HP is offering the right compute, for the right workloads, at the right economics, every time.


In this new Coffee Coaching session, Bill Seidle, HP Rack and Tower Servers WW Product Marketing, tells us about some of the key differences of the ProLiant 10, 100, 300, and 500 series servers and which edition of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 pairs best with each series.





Which Gen9 server series best fits your needs?


Let’s take a closer look at each series, starting with the 10 Series. The ProLiant Gen9 10 Series Rack and Tower servers are simple, easy to deploy, and affordable. These are designed for small and midsized businesses that need a right sized server for first time workloads deployment and are ideal for file and print, messaging and collaboration, and infrastructure apps.


Next, the ProLiant Gen9 100 Series Rack and Tower servers are optimized with the right balance of storage, performance, efficiency, and manageability to address multiple workloads for growing SMB businesses and enterprise businesses with remote branch offices. The 100 series is ideal for web and IT apps, and virtualization with low to mid VM density requirements.


The ProLiant Gen9 300 Series Rack and Tower servers are considered the performance 2-socket series for when the infrastructure needs to be able to run business critical applications. The 300 series is the industry standard, tailored with flexible choices for compute-intensive workloads requiring high system performance, manageability, expansion, and security and is ideal for IT apps, virtualization (low to mid VM density), and application development.


Finally, the Gen9 500 Series Rack and Tower servers are designed for today’s largest and most demanding workloads delivering unparalleled scalability, reliability, and availability. This series is ideal for virtualization (with high VM density), business intelligence, data warehousing, online transaction processing, and SQL apps.


Which Edition of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 should I pair with each Gen9 server series?

Now that you’ve figured out which server series meets your specific needs, how do you decide which edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 to pair it with? Microsoft offers four editions of Windows Server 2012 R2: Foundation, Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter.


Foundation edition runs on a single processor and is limited to 15 users. HP recommends pairing the HP ProLiant Gen9 10 and 100 Series Rack and Tower platforms are best to run the Foundation edition.


Essentials edition is the ideal cloud-enabled first server operating system that supports up to 25 users. This edition also allows customers to simplify the integration of optional cloud-based applications and storage, as well as services such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. So, depending on premise storage vs cloud storage and the quantity of users supported, HP recommends pairing this edition with server solutions in the 100 and 300 Series Rack and Tower servers.


Standard edition is used for a wide variety of workloads, storage, and range of user supported per server. HP offers specific sizer, ROI, and TCO tools to help you refine matching the right compute for the right workload. Both the 100 and 300 Series Rack and Tower servers are ample to run the Standard edition of Windows Server 2012 R2.


Datacenter edition needs a server from the 300 and 500 Series Racks that meet the virtualization and business critical application needs of the business. HP systems are designed to handle virtualization and compute intensive workloads by choosing performance, mission critical, and scale up servers.


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