How to Maximize the Cost Savings of Server Virtualization

Server virtualization is proven to deliver significant business benefits, including faster resource provisioning, streamlined operations and greater IT agility. As a result, server virtualization has become a mainstream technology that continues to grow steadily. According to the IDC Market Trends in Virtualization Infrastructure and Software, 2016: Market Survey Report, 41 percent of new server shipments will be virtualized in 2020 up from 33 percent in 2015.

However, a separate IDC market survey finds that cost savings remains a key driver of server virtualization initiatives. Enterprises report savings of almost 20 percent from virtualizing their servers and are constantly striving to lower the cost of virtualization.

Server virtualization reduces costs through:

  • Improved resource utilization
  • Optimized software licensing
  • Energy cost savings
  • Greater IT productivity

Now, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is offering a new solution that delivers up to 50 percent lower cost per virtual machine (VM) than traditional servers. The new HPE ProLiant DL385 leverages the AMD EPYC System on a Chip (SoC) to enable customers to achieve greater utilization and ROI while delivering unmatched security for virtualized workloads.

AMD EPYC processors range from eight to 32 cores, with support for two high-performance threads per core. Every EPYC device offers industry-leading memory bandwidth with eight channels of memory. The EPYC also provides unprecedented support for integrated, high-speed I/O with 128 lanes of PCIe 3 on every product, and a highly optimized cache structure for high-performance, energy0efficient compute.

The innovative AMD EPYC design delivers greater performance than the competition across a full range of integer, floating point, memory bandwidth, and I/O benchmarks and workloads. The EPYC 7601 processor has achieved multiple record-setting benchmarks for one- and two-socket systems. AMD EPYC one-socket systems outperform competitive two-socket processors while providing up to 20 percent CapEx savings and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). 

The HPE ProLiant DL385 delivers unmatched security via the HPE Silicon Root of Trust, a unique link between the HPE Integrated Light Out (iLO) silicon and the iLO firmware to ensure 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.

The HPE ProLiant DL385 and AMD Secure Processor also enable:

  • Secure Encrypted Memory.All or a portion of the memory can be encrypted to protect data against memory hacks and scrapes.
  • Secure Encrypted Virtualization. VMs and the hypervisor 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.

HPE offers the HPE ProLiant DL385 with flexible IT consumption models and special financial programs. HPE Flexible Capacity enables customers to pay for IT as it is consumed, managing unpredictable demands and raising utilization levels.  Ninety-day deferred payments, zero-percent financing and trade-in programs make the HPE ProLiant DL385 even more affordable.

Sequel Data Systems is a longtime HPE partner with extensive expertise in server virtualization. Let us help you leverage the HPE ProLiant DL385 to drive new economies in your data center environment.