HP shipping new Proliant DL380 G6

With the next generation of the venerable DL 300 series platform comes the 6th iteration of the flagship Intel-based model, the 380. Performance, density, and efficiency are the key aspects targeted by the new model. Aesthetically, the 6th gen is a large departure from its predecessor completely flipping the front-end arrangement while maintaining its 2U rack footprint.

The Insight Display and SAS cage are now on the left side with the power button, USB slots, and VGA out. An additional SAS cage can be installed to the right of the default drives doubling the drive count to 16. The DVD-ROM drive will be sacrificed if you need to do this and your server will look very much like an MSA with all 16 drives. 18 DIMM slots allow for up to 144GB DDR3 RAM but both CPUs have to be installed to activate the 2nd half of the DIMM bank. CPU choices include dual or quad core models from the 5500 Xeon series (Nahalem). The P410 Smart Array Controller ships standard on this platform which supports 6 fewer total drives than the P400 but supports PCI-E 2.0 at a x8 bus width. 2 NC382i dual-port Gig adapters ship standard doubling the onboard NIC count to 4 (5 if you include the dedicated iLo port). 6 PCI-E slots are now available, adding 2 from the 5th gen platform, optionally available in x16 width risers. Pricing starts around $2300 for base models.


DL380 G6

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