Meet the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Server + Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition server pairing

HPE has extended the world's most secure industry standard server portfolio1 with the introduction of the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server based on the AMD EPYC™ processor.

If you missed our blog about the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 server, go here to learn more about the new 1P/1U platform based on the AMD EPYC™ processor and which edition of Windows Server 2016 pairs best with it, because this week is all about the DL385!

The secure and flexible 2P 2U HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Server takes full advantage of the EPYC processor’s high core count and memory capacity to deliver a new formula for server virtualization.



This platform has been designed with the security your customers need and the flexibility they require to accommodate the most demanding enterprise workloads!


What’s new?

Delivering security with HPE Silicon Root of Trust and AMD EPYC™ Secure Processor
The HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server has security protection built in across the server lifecycle starting with Silicon Root of Trust. Only Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers industry standard servers with major firmware anchored directly into the silicon. In addition, The AMD EPYC processor provides several security related features, including AMD secure processor, secure memory encryption (SME), and secure encrypted virtualization (SEV). These features are used to help enable key security functionality including Secure Root of Trust, Secure Run, and Secure Move.

Providing up to 32 cores and 2TB of memory per processor
The HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server supports industry standard technology leveraging the AMD EPYC™ 7000 Series Processor with up to 32 cores, 12 Gb SAS, and 4.0 TB of HPE DDR4 SmartMemory.

Modular chassis with drive flexibility
The HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Server has an adaptable chassis, including the modular drive bays that can be configured with up to 30 SFF, up to 19 LFF or up to 24 NVMe drive options along with support for up to 3 double wide GPU options

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HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Server + Windows Server 2016
Every server needs its ideal mate, also known as an operating system. We think Windows Server 2016 Datacenter is the ideal pairing for the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server! Not only does Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition build upon the DL385’s security features for even more protections, it can also help deliver increased efficiency and maximize your customers’ IT investments. Simply put, Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition can give your customers the business tools of a much larger company, at the right price.

The Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2016 offers many features and benefits different from the Standard edition. While both Standard and Datacenter edition support unlimited users and or devices (based on Client Access Licenses), Standard edition provides rights for up to two VMs per license when all physical cores in the server are licensed (for every 2 additional VMs, all the cores in the server must be licensed again). Datacenter edition, in comparison, provides rights for unlimited VMs. Datacenter also offers several features not included in the Standard edition. This chart shows the feature comparison of Windows Server 2016 Standard edition and Datacenter edition, as well as Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.

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1. The World’s Most Secure Industry Standard Servers statement is based on external firm conducting cyber security penetration testing of a range of server products from a range of manufacturers, May 2017. Learn more at


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