by Lyle Smith

HP Announces a Slate of New Compute Platforms for Big Data

​HP has announced new and enhanced purpose-built Compute platforms and solutions designed to help customers leverage all data assets for faster decision making, improved operational efficiency and direct content monetization. Included in these new platforms and solutions are: HP Apollo 2000; the HP Apollo 4000 Systems family; the HP Big Data Reference Architecture; HP Integrity Superdome X; and the HP ProLiant DL580, DL560 and BL660c Gen9 servers.


The HP Apollo 2000 is the enterprise bridge to scale-out infrastructure that is designed to offer hyperscale efficiency and performance in traditional datacenters running general purpose and high performance workloads. So it can be installed in a non-disruptive way, the system comes in a form factor that has the same rack dimensions, cabling, management and serviceability attributes of traditional 1U rack servers. The HP Apollo 2000 is also equipped with upwards of four independent hot-pluggable servers in a standard 2U chassis, which allows customers to mix and match servers for workload optimization.

In addition to object storage, the HP Apollo 4000 Systems family is comprised of three servers that are purpose-built for data-intensive workloads such as Hadoop and big data analytics. This family offers a choice of capacity density, performance scalability with one and three nodes, as well as the flexibility to change the ratio of compute to storage to match workload requirements.

  • HP Apollo 4200 with 28 large form factor (LFF) drives or 50 small form factor (SFF) drives.
  • HP Apollo 4510 offers a 4U chassis with one server node providing rack-scale storage server density with up to 5.44PB in 42U rack.
  • The HP Apollo 4530 offers three servers nodes in a chassis, making it ideal for Hadoop-based analytics, which leverages three-copy data replication.

These Apollo solutions are supported by the HP Haven Big Data platform, which features HP Vertica as well as HP HyperScale Big Data Ecosystem partners, such as Cleversafe, Cloudera, Hortonworks, Microsoft and Scality. The solutions also support key open source projects like Ceph, OpenStack Swift, and Apache Hadoop.

When combined with HP Moonshot, the HP Apollo 4000 servers create the foundation for the HP Big Data Reference Architecture, a new Hadoop infrastructure design that takes advantage of HP’s portfolio to deliver a differentiated solution. In addition, the HP Big Data Reference Architecture deploys a standard Hadoop distribution in an asymmetric fashion, which allows customers to scale storage and compute independently. As a result, this provides up to twice the performance in 50 percent less space for a reduction in total cost of ownership and improvements in performance and energy efficiency.

HP has also announced that Integrity Superdome X is now certified for Windows. Ideal for in-memory computing applications that require the highest levels of flexibility for the most stringent service level agreements, Integrity Superdome X is equipped with a large memory footprint and high-availability features, including hard partitioning that is 20 times more reliable than soft partitions. It also boasts 40 percent lower total cost of ownership than Oracle Exadata X5-2.5.

The HP ProLiant DL580 Gen9 server is built with the highest performance and scalability in a four socket x86 system and is designed with a focus on reliability and efficiency for resource and data-intensive workloads, including in-memory platforms and structured databases. The HP ProLiant DL580 Gen9 server is comprised of resiliency features and an attractive total cost of ownership based on the cost efficiencies of the scale-up model with consolidation and virtualization. In addition, the server is integrated in the HP ConvergedSystem 500, which provides increased processing power, memory size and I/O capability to process and manage large volumes of information quickly.

The HP ProLiant DL560 Gen9 server is a high-density four-socket server that is designed for multi-workload compute where data center space and price/performance are very important. HP has built the 2U chassis server for balanced performance, increased scalability and expansion. This makes it the ideal for virtualization, server consolidation, business processing and general 4P data-intensive applications.

The HP ProLiant BL660c Gen9 is a four-socket Compute server blade, built to renovate legacy converged infrastructures to increase the speed of business and support growth all the while reducing data center footprint. The BL660c is comprised of scalable performance, flexible configurations, boosted compute operations and manageability through HP OneView, allowing it to serve demanding workload environments such as databases, virtualization, consolidation, modeling/simulation and public cloud to deliver results faster for agile businesses.


The HP Apollo 2000, Big Data Reference Architecture, HP Integrity Superdome X and HP ProLiant DL580 Gen9 are now available via HP and worldwide channel partners. In addition, the HP Apollo 4000 family, HP ProLiant DL560 Gen9 and HP ProLiant BL660c Gen9 are slated for a release sometime in early June of this year.

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