Posts Tagged ‘HP Smart Array’


Do you remember the Compaq SystemPro?

August 4, 2010

One of the first PC-based Servers launched, and it was a Compaq. A couple of us here at remember the Compaq SystemPro very well. It wasn’t high on kerb appeal (see graphic) but it was the predecessor to the hugely successful, market leading HP ProLiant. It was dual processor (even as a 386) and ran on a faster EISA BUS (I remember that many systems were ISA or the proprietary MCA architecture (killed off by IBM)). The IDA drive controller led to the Smart Array Controller (and HP has sold a few of those).

If, like some of us, you’ve been doing this for some time you’ll find this Wiki article interesting:

and in case you thought this was a truly pointless Blog the reason for this trip down memory lane is to show 2 things:

  1. Our iQuote task would be SO MUCH EASIER if today’s products were as simple as the SystemPro. DDR3 Memory ! 1200 Options per System !
  2. We want to make iQuote brilliant in every way because we’re as enthusiastic about technology products now as we were when the ProLiant 1000 & the Smart Array Controller were launched.

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HP ProLiant Server Form Factor Now Displays the ‘U’ – in iQuote

May 14, 2010

Small improvement to help answer a basic question: how tall is the server? Just look in the Table of Contents under Form Factor and iQuote now displays the U figure against Rack-Mountable Servers. This helps when calculating how many rack servers will fit into a rack (remember storage devices, switches & accessories may also be present).

What is a ‘U’?
A ‘U’ is a UNIT of measurement and is used for determining available Rack Space.  1U is 1.75″ in height.  Racks come in 42U and other heights, so, by specifying a server in Rack Units, then it’s possible to easily calculate how many rack components will fit into a 42U rack.  So, if you have 42 x 1U servers then in theory you could fit 42 servers into a rack although always check for best practice!

Trivia: U is actually short for RU (Rack Unit) – now that’s an abbreviation that wasn’t needed!

Smart Array Controller Cache Options now live in HP iQuote

April 6, 2010

iQuote Users can now select Cache Options for HP Smart Array Controllers. Under Server Options there is now a section called Cache that lists the options that are supported by either the Integrated Smart Array Controllers or the ‘after-market’ PCIe Smart Array Controllers supported by the specific server. Use the information icon (the i in the blue circle) to get compatibility information. Then select the option that matches your configuration.

This is phase 1 of our planned Cache Option selection process. Phase 2 will warn the user if they add cache memory for a controller that isn’t present (either pre-installed or after-market) and to remove the error the user would need to add an after-market PCIe Smart Array Controller that supports that cache.