Do you work at a HPE IT shop and have been waiting for an AMD EPYC server? Today HPE announced its new dual AMD EPYC based platform. We covered the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 last week after the company let a YouTube overview of the machine out early. At the time of the YouTube video, we had a feeling it was going to launch on November 20, 2017, but now we have confirmation.
HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10
The HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 is a dual socket AMD EPYC server. The system also offers a full set of 32x DDR4 DIMMs for maximum memory support (up to 4TB RAM.) Like the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 (e.g. the Intel Skylake-SP variant), the DL385 Gen10 is a 2U form factor.
The server is configurable with multiple drive options including up to 30x 2.5″ SSDs (including rear SSDs) or 24x NVMe SSDs. There is even a 12x 3.5″ front hot swap bay option. Internally there are dual M.2 boot drive options as well as dual internal USB headers for lightweight OS installations so that they do not take up valuable drive bays.
Since GPU compute is a major concern for our AI/ deep learning readers, we see that there is space for up to three double-wide GPUs or five single slot GPUs in the system. In addition, there are some of the standard features we would expect such as redundant power supplies and standard HPE iLO management.
HPE is claiming both “up to 50 percent lower cost per virtual machine” as well as enhanced security features with AMD EPYC. From the press release HPE and AMD are enabling:
- Secure Encrypted Memory − all or a portion of the memory can be encrypted to protect data against memory hacks and scrapes.
- Secure Encrypted Virtualization − VMs and the hypervisor each have separate encryption keys, isolating the VMs from one another and from the hypervisor itself to protect access to data in shared guest data areas.
This is a huge step for the AMD EPYC campaign. The HPE ProLiant adoption of AMD EPYC allows the platform to be used in a number of different organizations. Many companies have a requirement that any server they use meets the security and management standards provided by HPE and technologies like iLO. HPE moving EPYC from the CloudLine to the ProLiant brand is a major stamp of approval for the AMD EPYC platform.
You can read more on the official HPE press release here.