“Power down, Performance up with More Green Memory,” Says HP’s Graham

Recently at HP’s Discover2011 conference in Las Vegas, HP patnered with Samsung in underscoring the increasing importance of memory in the data center. In our joint presentation, “Data Center Optimizers,” Brad Graham, Worldwide Memory Product Marketing Manager at HP, spoke of the phenomenal growth in gigabytes per server due to an increasing demand from HP customers. While the average memory footprint is over 30 GBs, many HP servers are impressively shipping well over 96 GBs in memory capacity — a drastic increase from the 4GBs per server used five years ago!

Graham predicted that there would be even more demand for memory as virtualization and the cloud continue to catch on in data centers. In his presentation, Graham highlighted the HP Qualified dual rank and quad- rank memory – both based on Samsung’s latest 4Gb, 1.35V  technology. Not only do these options result in an increased memory footprint per server, they also deliver substantially faster performance, increased virtualization and greatly reduced power consumption (up to 70 percent less). In one example, comparing to the previous generation, Graham noted that its HP BladeSystem G7 server had increased memory capacity by “2X” but used 58 percent less power. 

Even more interesting were the results of  a server virtualization test conducted by HP. The Samsung-based HP Qualified Memory showed that by doubling the memory to 512GB using 16GB 1.35V modules, HP was able to improve performance by 88 percent and reduce power by 60 percent at the DIMM level.  In this test, HP was able to almost double the number of virtual machines and increase the workload size for each VM while using less network and I/O bandwidth!

Moving forward, Brad  shared HP’s plan to continue to aggressively expand its HP Qualified Memory portfolio of high density, low voltage memory that will  help drive better efficiencies and “squeeze every watt” out of HP ProLiant and BladeSystem platforms.  

To learn more about Samsung-based HP-Qualified Memory, check out Brad’s presentation below:

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