Jul 14

Legacy ProLiant DL380 to Gen10 upgrade report

conserve spending by consolidating workloads

New HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 servers help organizations spend less on software licensing

Keeping a datacenter running can be costly. In addition to power, cooling, and management, your organization likely pays per socket for vital software licenses to support critical workloads. Workload consolidation allows an organization to reduce its number of servers, and thus spend less on power, cooling, and management while reducing infrastructure expenses such as VMware® vSphere® licensing.

The key to effectively consolidating workloads is to choose powerful hardware that can do the job of older servers many times over. In the Principled Technologies datacenter, we tested the new HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server and three of its most recent predecessors (G6, G7, and Gen8) with a transactional Microsoft® SQL Server® 2016 workload. A new DL380 Gen10 did 4.39 times the work of a G6 server, 2.96 times the work of a G7 server, and 1.74 times the work of a Gen8 server.1 Based on our ratios, organizations consolidating older servers and workloads to new DL380 Gen10 Servers can spend less on annual vSphere support costs and have more funds to devote to other datacenter initiativesAs we present our results in this report, we’ll explain how consolidating your workloads running on these specific older DL380 servers to the new HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server can reduce OpEx for your organization.

The cost of aging servers

Some datacenters contain aging HPE servers. These servers likely do a fine job of running applications in VMs, plus they’re probably paid off. If your organization has these servers, it’s tempting to keep them in service.

Older servers, however, can use more power and cooling resources than newer servers. They can also rack up significant OpEx in support fees for virtualization software year after year. The longer your organization keeps legacy servers around, the greater the potential risk for failure, which can introduce its own set of maintenance expenses. Replacing these older servers with new HPE rack servers using more powerful processors delivers savings in a range of areas, including dramatically reduced software support costs

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