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Understanding the HP ProLiant Gen8 Platform Naming Strategies


The HP ProLiant Gen8 server family offers users many different server options, with many different

server names.


Have you ever wondered what the different parts of the HP ProLiant Gen8 names meant?


Today we will explain the platform naming strategies for HP ProLiant Gen8 servers.


Let’s start to get to know the Gen8 servers by first understanding the platform names. When looking at the names of the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers offered by HP, the first thing you will most likely notice is the 2 letters at the beginning of the name. You may see a ML, DL, or BL, with each of these meaning something different.


If you see a ML at the beginning of the server name, this means it is a tower server, while a DL means it is a rack server, and a BL means it is a blade server. You may also hear the term SL used, those are scalable servers designed for the most dense and scalable datacenters.




The SL server series, purpose-built for scale for service providers, high performance computing, big data, and more, deliver rapid deployment, greater agility, and lower operations cost. The HP SL4500 series is an excellent choice for running Microsoft Exchange Server and includes both the HP ProLiant SL4540 Gen8 Server and the HP ProLiant SL4545 G7 Server. This series is available in three configurations (1 node, 2 node, or 3 node) with each configuration available in a 4.3U form factor chassis.


The ML, DL, or BL at the beginning of the server name will be followed by numbers, which can range from 310 to 660. As the numbers in the server name get bigger, the systems get bigger as well.


You might have noticed that some of the numbers in the server name end in a 0, such as the DL380, while some end in a 5, the DL385 for example. Whether the number ends in a 0 or a 5 tells you different things about the server as well. If the number ends in a 0, this means it is Intel, however if it ends in a 5, it is an AMD system.


For most of the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers you will see a letter at the end of the server name, this might be an e, p, or c, and, you guessed it, these are significant too!


The e and p represent which series the server is in, whether it is the E-Series or P-Series (don’t worry, we will get to what the c means in right below!). HP ProLiant E-Series servers are built to handle everyday business needs for small to medium sized businesses, being ideal for single applications and small virtualization deployments. HP ProLiant p-series servers are high performance servers ideal for more demanding workloads and storage performance. They are perfect for cloud environments and managing datacenters. You may have also noticed a c at the end of the blade servers (remember, those are the ones that start with “BL”) this means that it is compatible with the c-series chassis, which includes the c3000 and c7000. The c3000 holds up to 8 blades, while the c7000 holds up to 16.


You might have heard there were recently some name changes that have taken place for the ISS ProLiant server portfolio and are now wondering what these changes are. HP has realigned model numbers to better support the Gen8 portfolio. For example, the “100 series” term from the existing ML/DL line, has been moved to the hyperscale product line. In order to address the needs of customers previously served by the ML/DL100 series, HP has created a family of products within the 300 series called the “E-Series” line. These take all of the 100 series features that customers loved and improve them by adding the industry’s best management, iLO, to the new e-series servers.



We hope this has helped you better understand the HP ProLiant Gen8 server names.


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Be on the lookout for our next HP ProLiant Gen8 blog in which we discuss a few ideal pairings of HP ProLiant Gen8 servers and Windows Server 2012 editions.

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ML-series - Maximised Line - Tower Servers

DL-series - Density Line - Rack Servers

BL-series - Blade Line

SL-series - Scaleable Line


e = entry

p= perfromance

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