HP has launched the HP Extreme Scale-Out (ExSO) portfolio designed to deliver a new magnitude of cost and resource savings for businesses involved in Web 2.0, cloud and high-performance computing.

Companies with 'scale-out' business models such as these, which operate with thousands of servers, are pushing the limits of current technology solutions. The new HP ExSO portfolio, which spans data center solutions, services and support, helps customers reduce costs, improve facility efficiency and dramatically accelerate time to market on a massive scale.
The portfolio enables these customers to save more than R1,2-billion in reduced capital expenditures and R110-million in energy costs.
At the core of the HP ExSO portfolio is the HP ProLiant SL server family, which uses a 'skinless' systems architecture that replaces the traditional chassis and rack form factors with an extremely lightweight rail and tray design. As a result, customers can dramatically reduce facilities and shipping costs while using a fraction of the space normally required in a data centre. Additionally, its ultra-efficient, modular design enables customers to quickly and easily build solutions that meet extreme scale-out workload requirements.
With the HP ProLiant SL portfolio, customers can cut acquisition costs by 10% and power draw by 28%, while doubling their compute density.
"With the HP's extreme scale-out technology, South African customers will be able to increase their business agility and be more effective in a demanding economy by deploying HP ProLiant SL," says Andrew McNiven, industry standard server product manager at HP South Africa. "HP's x86 long term server market leadership in EMEA demonstrates that HP's innovations are offering sustained value to customers."
The HP ProLiant SL server family offers the following benefits:
* Exceptional energy savings – consolidated power and cooling infrastructure and unique air flow design uses 28% less power per server than traditional rack-based servers. This can result in a savings of R33-million a year in energy costs. Overall, the system uses 52 000 fewer megawatts per year – a crucial fact given South Africa's current electricity situation.
* Ultra-lightweight design – reductions in the metal used in the ProLiant SL servers decrease weight by 31%. This dramatically reduces shipping costs, data center floor support requirements and overall facility construction costs. It also eliminates 760,7 tons of server hardware, or the equivalent of nearly four and a half Boeing 747 jets, from a scale-out data centre.
* Modular configurations – provide rapid installation and deployment through swappable 'compute trays.' The new compute architecture delivers double the density with up to 672 processor cores and 10Tb of capacity per 42U rack. Built on industry-standards, the servers allow customers to easily mix and match storage and compute components to meet the requirements of their applications.
* Reduced cost-to-scale – volume packaging significantly reduces acquisition costs for customers who require thousands of server nodes. This adds up to a total savings in capital expenditure of R118-million) in a scale-out data centre.
"With the SL, Extreme ScaleOut product line, HP aims at addressing one of the few bright spots in the current server marketplace: high-density computing environments," says  Giorgio Nebuloni, research analyst with IDC's European Server Infrastructure Group. "Companies with vast server infrastructure in Web, hosting and commercial High Performance Computing areas are increasingly looking to have commoditised, x86-based server pools made out of low-power, affordable hardware, where the overlying grid software architecture provides both performance and redundancy."
To further maximise cost savings for scale-out environments, customers need tools that provide a higher level of visibility into and control of facilities operations. The HP Datacenter Environmental Edge solution offers a complete visual mapping of environmental variables so customers can quickly identify and take action on data center inefficiencies. This results in an additional energy cost savings of up to R19-million per year and a return on investment within 12 months.
HP Datacenter Environmental Edge uses a system of wireless sensors placed throughout a data center to monitor a variety of variables, such as temperature, humidity, air pressure and power utilisation. The system provides real-time visualisation of environmental variables so administrators can perform root cause analysis to eliminate excess operational costs.
Additional new services for ExSO environments provide customers with a customised engagement experience through their entire technology lifecycle. Packaged ExSO services include scheduled on-site repair options, on-site seed inventory of parts and installation services specifically designed for environments that support thousands of servers. These services can be customised to match customer needs.
In addition, the company's leasing and lifecycle asset management services subsidiary, HP Financial Services, helps customers expand or renew their IT infrastructures with the entire line of ExSO offerings through flexible leasing and financing solutions.