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Introducing new members of the HP Apollo Systems family


Guest blog by Terry Myers, HP Global Product Marketing, High Performance Computing


If you were around in the late 1960’s I am sure you remember the excitement surrounding every launch of an Apollo space mission. We would all sit around our little 8” black and white TV screens to witness amazing feats of bravery by NASA astronauts. At one point I would guess that almost 100% of the little boys in the USA, when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up would have answered an Astronaut; myself included.


Well just about a year ago Hewlett Packard launched a different kind of Apollo. In this case the HP Apollo 6000 and Apollo 8000. Two highly specialized High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms designed to improve the performance, scalability, and efficiency of HPC for enterprises as well as the most demanding government agencies and research labs.


HP is now expanding its Apollo family with new exciting Apollo systems that bring the power and scalability of density optimized HPC to small and mid-size organizations, and density optimized big data solutions purpose built for the most demanding workloads. What this means is that Apollo customers now have the option to deploy scale-out general purpose HPC with the Apollo 2000, and density optimized Big Data Server Storage with the Apollo 4000 portfolio. That's highly-dense server storage, management, and rack-scale efficiency for organizations of all sizes.


And it doesn’t stop there. The rest of the Apollo family is enhanced with new features including updated accelerators and Gen9 server trays on the Apollo 6000; and, a new integrated 1Gb Ethernet switch, new Gen9 server trays and expanded top bin processor support on the Apollo 8000. The tiered HP Apollo solutions provide a logical and simplified on-ramp to Big Data and Object-based storage to deliver Optimized Compute for the Data-Driven Organization.


So here are the details on the new Apollo Systems.

  • HP Apollo 2000 System is the enterprise bridge to scale-out architecture, designed as a dense multi-server platform that packs a lot of performance and workload capability into a small amount of datacenter space delivering twice the density of traditional 1U servers at a comparable price, and providing the efficiencies of a shared infrastructure.
  • HP Apollo 4000 Systems Family are purpose-built Big Data servers, designed from the ground up to address the challenges customers face when collecting and analyzing the growing amounts of big data that can give them valuable business insight and make them more successful and competitive. The three new purpose-built HP Apollo 4000 Systems focus on the requirements of Object Storage, Hadoop and Big Data analytics solution technologies to deal with the volume, the variety, and the performance these applications need so you can optimize for each solution.
    • HP Apollo 4530 System is built for Big Data analytics. This system with three servers in a 4U chassis (each one having up to 120 terabytes of capacity) can be configured for the wide variety of big data analytics solutions based on parallel Hadoop-based data mining, as well as NoSQL based Big Data analytics solutions, and other analytics systems for volumes of machine generated data or monitoring systems. This system is designed for scale with up to 30 servers and 3.6 petabytes of capacity in a 42U rack.
    • HP Apollo 4510 System is purpose-built for Object Storage solutions. Apollo customers can configure cost-effective, optimized object storage systems for everything from collaboration and content distribution, to content repositories and active archives, to back-up repositories and cold storage, and everything in between. Meet the challenge of your big data requirements at any scale with storage capacity of up to 544 terabytes per system and 5.44 petabytes per 42U rack.
    • HP Apollo 4200 Gen9 Server is an entirely new density-optimized server storage solution designed for traditional enterprise and SME rack-server data centers. The leadership capacity of this 2U server lets you start object storage and big data analytics projects cost effectively at smaller scale and begin achieving space and power efficiency savings without changing anything in your current IT environment. This server can implement at density levels much higher than any current rack server offerings – up to 224 terabytes per 2U server and up to 4.48 petabytes in a 42U rack.

While this Apollo launch is not a Moon landing, it represents exciting, new business opportunities for those of us in HPC and Big Data markets. Learn more about HP’s latest Compute platforms here .


Also, you won’t want to miss Alain Andreoli, SVP and GM of HP Server Group, at Discover Las Vegas, June 2-4th. He will share valuable insights in the “Do You Compute?” keynote including how you can embrace new business models through the volume and variety of big data, agility and efficiency from the cloud, and productivity from the mobile workplace. Register now!


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Donna is responsible for identifying training and certification market opportunities and developing strategies, positioning and content for HPE Storage and Networking portfolios. Donna joins the HPE Global Partner Enablement Certification and Learning team from the HPE Enterprise Group Content Marketing and Strategy team where she spearheaded development of customer-facing content at the business and thought leadership level, and as social media strategist for HPE Servers.