Servers & Systems: The Right Compute

Use Cases for AMD EPYC™ based HPE servers


Enterprises and cloud service providers depend on innovation to drive greater efficiency and growth. That means that now, more than ever before, IT is at the heart of your business success.

Digital transformation is no longer a thing of the future. Enterprisamd-epyc-hpe-servers-use-cases_blog.jpges and cloud service providers depend on innovation to drive greater efficiency and growth in existing business as well as entirely new business opportunities.

New advances in server technology, such as the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 Server with the ground-breaking AMD EPYC™ series processor, delivers two-socket performance at single-socket economics with the security you need and the flexibility you require to accommodate demanding enterprise workloads. The HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 extends this value and scalability with a two-socket AMD EPYC™ server for even more demanding workloads—where you need efficieny and flexibility.

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For space-constrained, virtualized environments where efficiency is important, the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 hyper-converged infrastructure meets the challenge in a dense 1U power efficient rack-based solution offering greater VM density than competitive solutions. Specifically, according to AMD, the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 delivers up to 25% better price/performance and 27% lower cost per virtual machine (VM) than the leading dual-processor competitor. This makes it ideal when deploying multi-tenant cloud-based solutions where increased memory and storage capacity with lower latency are most critical.

The high core count and massive memory capacity that the AMD EPYC™  processors provide play a big part in our winning virtualization price/performance results. The HPE ProLiant DL325 with up to 32 cores and 2TBs of memory is the right choice for smaller scale virtualization. The HPE ProLiant DL385 with up to 64 cores and 4TBs of memory provides unrivaled scale for virtualization in a dual socket server. These platforms scale in a linelar manner with respect to the virtualization price/performance, with up to 27% better price/performance and lower cost per VM than the leading 2P competitor based on SPECvirt results.

Software-defined storage and data solutions

The AMD EPYC™ powered HPE ProLiant DL300 Gen10 family of servers support virtualization and I/O intensive workloads including software-defined storage, data analytics, and a wide range of databases. AMD EPYC™ supports 128 PCIe lanes that supports up to 40TBs of NVMe storage in the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 and up to 96TBs within the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server for fast access to large data stores.

The dense form factor chassis coupled with NVMe storage, the high core count CPUs and large memory footprint make the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 ideal for customers seeking a dense, high performance cluster with a moderate amount of storage like SPLUNK or Niara. Alternatively where maximum capacity and versatility are required, the ProLiant DL385 Gen10 is the optimal choice for applications like SPARK, virtualized databases and VDI. HPE’s new generation of storage controllers are designed to enhance server uptime while enabling greater flexibility for future growth, all with industry-leading performance and unmatched data protection. The HPE Smart Array Gen10 Controller portfolio, HPE’s new line of enterprise-class RAID controllers for Gen10 servers, helps to further maximize performance, data availability, and storage capacity.

Additionally, high-bandwidth network interfaces give storage intensive workloads quick access to data. This combination of higher throughput, ultra-low latency I/O and high capacity storage delivers an optimized dense server solution that is more agile and cost-effective than other storage solutions.

Memory-centric workloads and data analytics

HPE servers with AMD EPYC™ processors are a cost-effective choice for memory-centric workloads, software-defined storage, media streaming, high performance storage applications, and data analytics solutions. The large memory capacity delivers performance needed for a wide range of data-centric applications such as data-parallel cluster-based solutions built on Apache Spark, databases (i.e. Couchbase, Hadoop), engineering design, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.

Affordable platform for HPC workloads

For even greater capacity, the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 offers twice the memory and storage, and up to three double- wide or five single-wide graphic processing units for workload acceleration, while remaining energy efficient and cost effective. With up to 4TB of high-bandwidth memory, up to 64 CPU cores, and optional graphic processing unit (GPU) co-processing power, the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 with AMD EPYC™ provides excellent performance for HPC workloads such as weather modeling, seismic analysis, computational fluid dynamics, bioinformatics, healthcare predictive outcomes, and other use cases.

Improved virtualization support and security for Service Providers

Improved virtualization support and security for service providers

Virtualization remains the primary means for maximizing agility and efficiency in a hybrid environment. In 2016, 26% of workloads were virtualized, with enterprise leaders open to virtualizing more than 80% of their workloads, and server virtualization was the #1 planned infrastructure project. In fact, analysts predict that 41% of new server shipments will be virtualized in 2020, up from 33% in 2015. And it’s no wonder—enterprises report savings of almost 20% from server virtualization.

The HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 server is built for virtualization, with security features that help protect your hardware, firmware, and network from unauthorized access and unapproved use. HPE also offers an array of embedded and optional software and firmware so you can choose the right mix of remote access and control for your network and data center.

Learn more

Find more detailed information on the AMD EPYC™ family of processors, along with full technical specifications, and learn about how AMD EPYC™’s innovation helps to accelerate today’s enterprise and cloud-based applications.

Discover how HPE is setting the bar for single-socket virtualization performance with the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 powered by AMD EPYC™ processors, enabling low-cost, high-performance hyperconverged infrastructure solutions.

HPE is extending the world’s most secure industry standard server portfolio with the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server based on the AMD EPYC™ processor. This secure and flexible 2P 2U HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Server takes full advantage of the AMD EPYC™ processor’s high core count and memory capacity to deliver a new formula for server virtualization.


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Naren brings to bear 15+ years of Business and Product Management leadership experience spanning country, Regional and WW organizations to the singular objective of delivering THE “best-in-breed” server platforms to enhance the leadership position of HPE in the industry standard x86 market. And he does that with cradle to grave ownership of the HPE ProLiant server portfolio.