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SSDs to replace HDDs in HP servers

HP has offered to upgrade its ProLiant server line from HDDs to Samsung’s SSD product.

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HP is offering its customers SSDs to put into its ProLiant G6 server range.

The company is teaming up with Samsung to offer the upgrades that will significantly increase power and cut down on power consumption.

Jim Ganthier, vice president of marketing for Industry Standard Servers at HP, said in a statement: "Customers demand fast, energy efficient servers that enable them to do more with less, cutting the costs associated with running their data centres."

He added: "Samsung's latest SSD technology coupled with HP ProLiant servers delivers energy efficient server platforms to enable customers to slash their power usage and reduce costs."

Samsung claimed that by replacing a 10,000 or 15,000 rpm HDD with single-level-cell (SLC) 3Gbps SATA SSDs a server can run 40 to 50 times faster, depending on how they are implemented.

"Using SSDs as the primary storage medium in enterprise servers will provide optimal value for data centres, with their exceptional low-power attributes, long-term reliability and outstanding performance," added Jim Elliott, vice president of memory marketing at Samsung, in a statement.

The SSDs are also a lot smaller so could free up physical space within the server, which could be used to put in more DRAM. They can replace between four and 40 15,000 HDDs in a server array.

HP has also announced the upcoming launch of two new networking switches, the 1Gbps HP ProCurve 6120G/XG Blade Switch and the 10Gbps 6120XG Blade Switch.

The switches can be incorporated into existing blade server infrastructures and the company claimed they will help with overall data centre management.

The two switches will be available from 1 October.

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