Lower Cost of Virtual Machines to Boost Uptake


More companies than ever are embracing the idea of virtualizing their servers, not only because it is an essential tool in improving the agility of their IT environments but also because it helps them cut costs by almost 20%.

By 2020, 41% of new server shipments will be virtualized compared with 33% in 2015, according to the “Market Trends in Virtualization Infrastructure and Software” report by advisory service International Data Corporation. Bottom line: Companies’ uptake of VM is beginning to speed up as the cost of virtualization is getting lower.

Catering to these needs for virtualization, Hewlett Packard has released a new server which should provide up to 50% lower cost per virtual machine (VM) than traditional server solutions. The new HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server was developed in partnership with AMD and leverages the AMD EPYC system on a chip, enabling greater utilization. AMD has returned to the high-end server market this year with a series of new EPYC processors and has ramped up the production of the processors.

HPE’s new offering also provides better security via the HPE Silicon Root of Trust, a link between the HPE Integrated Light Out (iLO) silicon and the iLO firmware, which helps ensure that servers do not execute compromised firmware code. The HPE Silicon Root of Trust is connected to the AMD Secure Processor in the AMD EPYC SoC, so that the AMD Secure Processor can validate the HPE firmware before the server is allowed to boot.

It is possible to encrypt parts or of all of the memory to protect data from hacks and scrapes. The ProLiant DL385 also enables secure encrypted virtualization using VMs, while the hypervisors each have separate encryption keys, isolating the VMs from one another and from the hypervisor itself to protect access to data in shared guest data areas.

The AMD EPYC system on chip delivers a better balance of cores, memory, and I/O to deliver optimal performance based on today’s workloads. EPYC allows the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 to support more virtual machines per server, process more data in parallel, access more local storage while providing a very high level of security.

HPE will start shipping the new servers in December.