HP Advancing Server Control with Gen8 Project Voyager
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HP is launching a new generation of server technology that is about more than just the underlying Intel chipset. Today, HP is unveiling Project Voyager, which is part of a multiyear $300 million plus investment to help redefine server economics.
Project Voyager is being baked into HP Gen8 server platforms later this year, although HP is now talking about the underlying innovations in the platform.
"Project Voyager is about how we redefine the expectations and economics of data centers," Jeff Carlat director, software marketing, Industry Standard Servers and Software at HP, told InternetNews.com.
Among the key new benefits in the HP Gen8 servers that come from Project Voyager are new Integrated Lifecyle Provisioning capabilities. Carlat noted that with the Gen8 server, HP is embedding more telemetry into the server.
"We're soldering on a NAND flash onto the Gen8 motherboard servers, and we're using it as a location to store all the deployment information," Carlat said. "We're wrapping that into a better way of provisioning servers."
HP is also advancing server control with a new Gen8 server feature called Active Health. With Active Health, HP's iLo (integrated lights out) remote management technology will be able to track more than 1,600 different parameters on a server. Carlat explained that the system will be polling for changes as well as storing those changes over time in the onboard NAND flash.
"It provides us with much better telemetry into what is happening on a server over time," Carlat said.
Going a step further, HP's Project Voyager is delivering an innovation for HP Gen8 servers called, 'Smart Update.' The basic idea behind smart update is about enabling administrators to update servers faster. The system provides access to one-click updates as well as the ability to stage updates across groups of servers.