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HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server Overview

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The HPE ProLiant DL380 series has consistently been a market leader in the server space. The Gen10 released in 2017 further increased HPE’s market share as one of the best-selling servers worldwide. Its performance, scalability, flexibility and improved security make it a reliable and versatile option for diverse workloads, environments and use cases.

Some common key markets and uses cases for the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 include the following: 

  • High-Performance Computing Segments
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • Service Providers
  • Virtualization and VDI
  • Big Data
  • Storage-centric applications
  • Data warehousing/analytics
  • CRM, ERP, and SAP apps

HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Specs Breakdown

Here is a quick breakdown of the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Specs. Read on for a more in-depth look at this server’s capabilities.

Max Processor Frequency Up to 3.6 GHz
Max Processors 2 Intel Xeon Scalable processors
Type of Processor Intel Xeon 8100, 6100, 5100, 4100 and 3100 series
Cores Per Processor From four up to 28
Max Memory / # of Slots / Speed 3 TB with 24 DIMMs and 2666MT/s
Max Persistent Memory Up to 16 GB NVDIMMs option
I/O Expansion Slots Up to 8 PCIe 3.0
Form Factor 2U
Max Storage 232 TB
Storage Controller HPE Smart Array S100i

HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Features

The release of the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 included multiple key features that made it an even more powerful server and better-suited to serve a wider variety of use cases. 

Performance and Scalability

The Gen10 boosted its performance and scalability by using Intel’s Xeon Scalable Family of processors. This includes the Platinum 8100 series, both the Gold 6100 and 5100 series, the Silver 4100 series and the Bronze 3100 series processors.

These processors offer anywhere from four up to 28 cores. The higher core count not only boosts processing power but also increases the number of containers and virtual machines (VMs) that can be hosted on the servers to support a variety of workloads. 

Each processor can also support up to six memory channels and two memory modules per channel, to further improve processing power. This amounts to up to 3TB using 24 x128GB LRDIMM memory modules, or half that using 64GB memory modules. 

Robust Security

The firmware includes a series of validation checks between system components that run every 24 hours to test and verify any modifications that may have been made This process will quickly and easily detect malware and compromised code. 

When detected, the Secure Recovery module is triggered to revert all firmware code back to factory defaults. This is called Run-Time Firmware Validation, enabled by HPE iLO Advanced Premium Security Edition. 

Because this functionality is hardwired directly into the motherboard, it can protect against many advanced threats, especially when combined with intrusion detection systems. Programs and applications can still be compromised, but it will prevent the server itself from being taken over. HPE calls this the Silicon Root of Trust level of protection.

Flexible Storage

The storage capabilities in the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 are highly flexible, making it a great option for organizations projecting substantial growth and enterprise organizations. As its standard, the DL380 Gen10 can support up to 198TB of storage space with 12 front-mounted LFF drives. 

A mid-plane HD carrier can also be added to support another four LFF drives that are mounted internally. Rear-mounted cages can be installed that can hold more SFF drives as well as LFF drives.

There are a variety of chassis configurations available for the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 that can be tailored to server different workload needs. For those planning to use LFF drives, there are two main options. An eight LFF drive chassis is available that also includes a Universal Media Bay. The alternative is a 12 LFF drive chassis which can be expanded with either four LFF mid-plane drives or 3 LFF and two SFF rear-mounted drives.

If you plan to use SFF drives, there is a 24SFF drive chassis that can support an additional six SFF rear-mounted drives. Some SFF chassis can also support newer form factors of storage. 

The eight SFF drive chassis with a Universal Media Bay can also support two front-mounted SFF or NVMe drives. There’s also a 20 SFF NVMe drive chassis that includes a population of box1 mounted on the front.

Server Management

Proper server management is essential to maintain a server’s health, security and efficiency. The HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 has made large strides in improving server management. The server provides a simplified dashboard that helps streamline the initial setup, health monitoring and managing power and thermal caps.

The Gen10 uses the integrated Lights Out 5.0 9iLO management chip. This is a great tool for System Administrators who may occasionally need to manage servers off-premises. The Lights Out 5.0 9iLO chip offers out of band access and also enables remote access from standard browsers.

System Administrators have a variety of iLO chips to choose from depending on the needs of the organizations: iLO Essentials, iLO Advanced, iLO Advanced Security Edition or iLO Scale Out. A suite of additional tools is also available to help with server lifecycle management, including Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), Intelligent Provisioning, HPE iLO Amplifier Pack, Smart Update Manager (SUM) and Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP).

For those who may need assistance with the initial HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 setup or would like continued support, HPE provides consulting and services to deploy, migrate and support ProLiant servers.

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