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HPE Proliant DL325: Rack Server Overview and Insight

By Drew Robb (Send Email)
Posted January 28, 2019


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Bottom Line:

The big selling point of the DL325 is that it delivers two-processor performance with one-processor economics. This boast is backed up by single socket virtualization performance leadership in key virtualization benchmark.

As such, this unit goes head to head with two processor Intel Xeon servers, matching or closely matching them on performance. For similar configurations, it offers a lower price point.

The DL325 is particularly strong on virtualization, data intensive, and software-defined storage (SDS) workloads. And with the option of up to ten low latency NVMe drives, it is sure to tempt plenty of users away from competitive two-processor units. It can’t compete with the Lenovo SR950, which is five times the cost, but it is as good as it gets in 1-processor X86 performance servers.

Product Description: 

The HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 is a one processor, 1U general purpose server which is said to deliver two processor performance.  It features an AMD EPYC CPU with up to 32 cores and up to 2 TB of supported memory. It offers a dense platform with built-in security and flexibility. The HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 server is secure and versatile, with up to 16 DIMMs, and support for up to 10 NVMe drives. This EYPC-based platform is said to deliver 25% better price/performance and 27% lower cost per VM than the previous generation.

The combo of HPE silicon root of trust and the AMD EPYC Secure Processor provide the level of security needed in the enterprise. New 64 GB RDIMM based on 16Gb technology providing better performance and higher power efficiency. Its dense chassis accommodates up to ten small form factor, up to four large form factor, or up to ten NVMe drive options as well as up to three PCIe 3.0 slots.

In addition, an embedded SATA HPE Smart Array S100i Controller ships standard, and an embedded 4x1GbE networking arrangement offers a choice of HPE FlexibleLOM or PCIe standup adapters (1GbE to 4x10GbE) and fabric adaptable to changing business needs.

Features:

Number of processors:

1

Processors supported:

AMD EPYC 7000 Series processors

Cores per processor:

Up to 32

Maximum processor frequency/cache:

Up to 3.2GHz

I/O expansion slots:

Up to 3 PCIe Slots (1x 16FHFL, 1x8 LP, 1x16 LP) + Modular Smart Array + Flexible LOM slots

Maximum memory/# slots/speed:

Up to 2TB / 16 DIMM Slots / 2666 MT/s

Maximum Persistent Memory:

None

Storage controller:

Modular Smart Array (AROC) + PCIe Smart Array Controllers

Support:

Services provided under Operational Services include:

  • HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity
  • HPE Datacenter Care Infrastructure Automation
  • HPE Campus Care
  • HPE Datacenter Care for Multi Vendor

“HPE servers always deliver stunning stability and performance, and support from HPE is always nice and fast,” said the System Engineer at a tech services company.  “Customer service and technical support is excellent.”

Key markets and use cases:

  • Mid-sized enterprises
  • SMBs and service provider for virtualization and SDS workloads
  • KVM virtualization cluster with SDS
  • Standardized servers for a VMware-based service provider cloud platform

Price:

  • $441K for the 10SFF configuration with 10x 15.3 TB SAS SSD (Total 153 TB), 16 x 128GB DIMM (Total 2 TB), 7601 processor (32 Cores/Max 3.2GHz Freq/180W)
  • $10k for configuration with 2x 1 TB SAS HDD (Total 2 TB), 8x 16 GB DIMM (Total 128 GB), 7351P processor (16 Cores/Max 2.4GHz Freq/155W)

Server

HPE Proliant DL325

Max processor frequency

Up to 3.2GHz

Max persistent memory

None

Form Factor

1U

Max Processors

1 AMD EPYC 7000

Max Memory

2 TB

Max Storage

153 TB

Price

$441,000

Key Differentiator

Heavy-duty server

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