Have you seen the Apollo 2000 Series System from HPE yet? Well, you definitely should if you haven’t. Allow me to mention a few key features and you will understand why this solution should be implemented for private cloud systems that require high density compute and high performance. Did I mention that the price is super competitive too? I am in love with these systems.
Rack space is expensive, and you need high density computing. With Apollo you can have 4 nodes (independent hot-plug servers) in a 2U chassis, which means in a 42U rack which fits 20 Apollo systems, you can fit 80 independent servers per rack (160 processors). This saves datacenter space, electricity consumption and cooling without sacrificing any performance.
Let me expand further, because this is what makes Apollo such a cool solution. Look at the video below, and you will see that the chassis contains storage in the front and up to four server nodes in the back. All neatly housed in the same chassis. Amazing density.
There are two types of nodes you can opt for. The XL170r and XL190r. You can only have two nodes of XL190r per chassis due to power consumption. Therefore a full rack will accommodate 40 independent servers with up to 80 processors, if using the XL190r.
HPE ProLiant XL170r Gen9 Server
The HPE ProLiant XL170r Gen9 Server is a 1U, 2 processors half-width server for the HPE Apollo 2000 System. The Apollo r2000 series chassis provides a very dense solution with up to four (4) independent ProLiant XL170r Gen9 hot-pluggable servers that share power and cooling in a standard 2U chassis. Each HPE ProLiant XL170r Gen9 Server can be serviced individually without impacting the operation of other servers sharing the same chassis to provide increased system uptime. Each server node harnesses the performance of dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 or E5-2600 v4 series processors with option choices from 4-22 Cores, 1.6GHz – 3.5GHz CPU speed, and 16 DDR4 DIMM slots with up to 2400 MHz and up to 2TB (16 x128 GB) memory. Also, two I/O slots for a choice of networking and clustering options including : 1Gb, 10Gb, 40Gb Ethernet, 56 Gb/s FDR InfiniBand, FibreChannel and options for either 1 PCIe slot plus a FlexibleLOM or 2 PCIe slots, and power ratings between 85-145 Watts.
HPE ProLiant XL190r Gen9 Server
The HPE ProLiant XL190r Gen9 Server is a 2U, two (2) processors half-width server for the HPE Apollo 2000 System. Each server node harnesses the performance of dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 or E5-2600 v4 series processors with option choices from 4-22 Cores, 1.6GHz – 3.5GHz CPU speed, and 16 DDR4 DIMM slots with up to 2400 MHz and up to 2TB (16 x128 GB) memory. It has additional PCIe expansion slots to support up to two (2) integrated accelerators (GPUs or Coprocessors).
Storage on these systems is amazing too. The HPE Apollo 2000 System also delivers increased storage flexibility with options that support SAS/SATA/SSDs and the Apollo r2800 chassis also supports drive mapping enabling flexible allocation of 0 – 24 drives per server.
You need to make sure that any technology you place in your datacenter should be simple to scale. The Apollo system has:
1. The same HPE ProLiant enterprise-class management and operational tools.
2. HPE iLO management—Saves administration time and cost
3. HPE Advanced Power Manager—Enables more efficient capacity per rack
4. HPE Insight Cluster Management Utility—To monitor, manage, and optimize compute clusters of any size
So if you are looking to replace old infrastructure with a powerhouse system with incredible density, I highly recommend the Apollo system.
Want to learn more about Apollo Infrastructure? We offer the H7H15AAE (HPE Apollo Servers Fundamentals), an online course with a 1 hour duration. Or just call us for an overview of the solution and quote.