HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Power Consumption
Our HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 test server, unlike higher-end servers, does not have a power supply capable of reading power consumption. Instead, we hooked this up to our lab power meters and took a few power readings at 120V using our Extech 380803 True RMS power analyzers.
- Idle: 45W
- STH 70% Load: 76W
- 100% Load: 92W
- Maximum Recorded: 97W
Often these servers will sit at idle for long periods of time. If you are sizing servers for web hosting style deployments, servers typically sit on the lower end of the spectrum, closer to the idle numbers versus the STH 70% load figures.
We wanted to take a moment to discuss the power supply in our unit. HPE supplied a 550W power supply which is simply awesome. As you can see from our testing, we were nowhere near 550W of power consumption in our tests.
The actual efficiency of this power supply seems to be fairly good, but we would like to see a formal 80Plus rating on the units going forward to help server buyers compare. This is an area where the industry has standards, and we would like to see HPE provide rating information aligning to these standards.
HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Noise
One area that we do not comment on normally with servers, but will in this case since it is a tower server designed for office use, is that this server, including the power supply, is quiet. Aside from startup, we never saw over 30dba from the unit using the Intel Xeon Silver 4108 CPU configuration. From a practical standpoint, that means that if you are more than 1 meter from the server it is going to be nearly silent and acceptable to put into a workplace or even a home office. Great job to the HPE engineering team recognizing the operating environment of the HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 and designing airflow and cooling throughout to be nearly silent.
STH Server Spider: HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10
In the second half of 2018, we introduced the STH Server Spider as a quick reference to where a server system’s aptitude lies. Our goal is to start giving a quick visual depiction of the types of parameters that a server is targeted at.
This is far from the densest server. It is not meant to be. Nor is it meant to be the most powerful, nor fastest server. Instead, we see the HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 as an excellent server for a branch office or retail location. As such, it does a great job for this workload profile.
Putting the HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 in context, it is an excellent low cost, quiet, and low power tower server. HPE’s product team did a great job of both checking all of the functionality boxes while maintaining a competitive price. For HPE shops that are looking to extend a common management framework to edge locations like offices, retail locations, and factory floors, the HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 will be a seamless addition. We also think that this server provides a compelling upgrade option over the HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 for those edge applications that can handle a much larger chassis and higher power consumption.
There are a few items we would like to see HPE address in the future. A low-cost iKVM iLO upgrade would turn this into the Death Star platform to white box competition in this market. HPE already has competitively priced options and a top-notch design. Adding iKVM as a low/no cost upgrade would be a game-changer in the market. Other minor points of improvement are the front bezel latching mechanism and getting an 80Plus rating on the power supply.
HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 completely surprised us. We were not expecting to like the platform as much as we did. It does a great job of positioning itself between lower-end platforms like the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen10 and higher-end servers like the HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10. As such, we can unequivocally recommend the ML110 Gen10 as the “just right” server option between those two family members.