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The HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 Server: A Tale of Two Servers


The HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 Server is an ideal server for both SMBs running Windows Server Foundation edition AND customers with growing needs running virtualized workloads with Windows Server Standard or Datacenter Hyper-V.


Listen to Josh Koelewyn, HP Server Product Manager, tell “The Tale of Two Servers.”





Let’s take a closer look at the DL120 Gen9 Server to find out how it can be such a versatile server.


First, we will look at the DL120 Gen9 Server + Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation solution, an economical IT infrastructure for small businesses. The HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 server is an affordable, single-socket, 1U, rack server featuring exceptional performance, expansion, and growth. For a complete SMB server solution, we recommend pairing it with Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation, an economical, general-purpose operating system for physical computing environments only. Foundation provides customers with a Windows Server experience for up to 15 users, with server model licensing, which means no CAL requirements.


As the Foundation edition is an entry-level product, there are a few specifications you should keep in mind: limited to 1 processor, no virtualization, purchase is not available through Microsoft directly (one can acquire it via HP or its channel partners, no CALs required). And remember, the DL120 Gen9 server is powered by one Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor, making it a great match for Foundation! This server pairing gives your small business customers just what they need: an affordable server with enterprise class design packed in a dense 1U/1-socket form factor and a cost-effective, application-focused, user centric server operating system.


Since we are calling this, “The Tale of Two Servers” there must be more to this story… and there is! The second tale of the HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 Server is the server’s use for meeting virtualization demands.


The DL120 Gen9 Server offers a combination of performance, redundancy, and expandability, making it not only ideal for small businesses, but also for businesses that are ready to expand and grow. With improved memory options (the DL120 Gen9 supports up to 8 HP DDR4 SmartMemory DIMMs with up to 256 GB max capacity) customers get increased capacity, performance, and power. In addition, the DL120 Gen9, embedded with 2x1 GbE, up to 3 PCIe slots, and choice of HP FlexibleLOM, provides your customers with flexibility of networking bandwidth and fabric so they can adapt and grow to their changing business needs.


For those customers with virtualization needs, pairing the DL120 Gen9 with Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter Hyper-V is a great solution. Windows Server Hyper-V offers a scalable and feature rich virtualization platform that helps organizations of all sizes realize considerable cost savings and operations efficiencies. Using Windows Server 2012 R2, your customers can take advantage of new hardware technology, enabling them to virtualize today and be ready for the future tomorrow.


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