The hardware can be modified to some extent, Bounds said. HP wanted to provide customers with some configuration flexibility compared to highly integrated servers.
"The industry as a whole has moved toward dematerializing individual components," Bounds said.
The server has taken many power, performance and management features from the Proliant Gen8 servers, but also "smart analytics" features derived from the Smart Array products, Bounds said. The features are designed to optimize performance without overtaxing storage, and also balance throughput while recovering failed hard drives.
The server is now available worldwide and priced starting at US$7,643 for a single-node configuration.