HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Specs As Tested
We had a fairly standard configuration for the HPE Smart Buy server.
- Server: HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10, single PSU configuration
- CPU: Intel Xeon Silver 4108 (8 core/ 16 thread)
- Memory: 1x 16GB DDR4-2666 ECC RDIMM and 6x 16GB ECC RDIMMs
- Storage: Samsung 960GB SATA SSD
This came as an HPE “Smart Buy” configuration. These are generally sparsely outfitted servers with a minimum set of options. We wanted to take a quick opportunity to break down exactly why this was an amazing value at around $1000 shipped to our facility.
Our server did not have the OS drive installed, nor any storage. We wanted to just take stock of what a build-your-own version of this would be. Our HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Smart Buy configuration was around $1000 shipped, and we often get the question of whether it is worth just building your own. Although vendors generally do not like when we do this, we wanted to show you how good of a deal this is in a value breakdown.
Just looking at the retail prices for new parts the week that this unit arrived, we would have spent around $100 more for the components in the HPE configuration if we purchased them separately. This would have also led us in the direction of a system that is not as well optimized. Still, HPE is often quoted as costing a lot more than white box vendors. This is a good example of where HPE is less expensive than white box alternatives.
There is an asterisk to this. Our alternative single socket ATX motherboard had iKVM functionality. In the small and medium business segments and down market, this is an essential feature. With HPE, one needs to upgrade to iLO Advanced to get iKVM features. We spent $100 on our license which makes pricing above the white box alternative. As we stated in our HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 Review HPE needs to get a lower-cost solution with either free or $20 iLO 5 “Enhanced Basic” or similar to add just iKVM to these platforms. For larger servers and enterprises, the iLO 5 Advanced has a number of great features that we are going to get into in our management section. On the other hand, that license offering would completely change the value proposition of the ProLiant ML110 Gen10 against white box alternatives.
HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Topology
One area that we are keenly aware of today, and will be increasingly so with future multi-chip packages, is system topology. Luckily, the Intel Xeon E-2100 series has an extremely simple system topology.
As one can see, the HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 is a fairly simple topology since everything is connected to a single die CPU. If you are comparing this to an Intel Xeon E-2100 series server like the HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10, the HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 has more PCIe lanes available through the CPU itself, and more connectivity from the PCH. Compared to an AMD EPYC 7001 series platform, one has a single NUMA node with the ML110 Gen10 versus multiple NUMA nodes on the AMD platform. There is an element to the HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 that it will work well and as expected out of the box which is great for users.
Next, we are going to look at the management before moving on to performance testing and our final thoughts.