HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8

I’m really pleased to announce that HP have certified the HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 and HP DL380z Gen8* for use with Citrix XenDesktop and XenServer GPU and vGPU, adding yet more choice for HDX 3D Pro customers using Citrix technologies to deliver 3D graphics and GPU enabled CUDA computation.

This high performance level HP server joins the already certified HP WS460c Gen8 platform allowing up to 8 GPUs (MXM Style) to be installed in the blade, thus creating one of the highest GPU dense blades in the industry. These servers come with a lot of telemetric such as smart system around socket guide to avoid damage during installation, sophisticated HDD monitoring and diagnostics system, generate warning signals when the wrong drives are pulled out during disaster recovery and likewise.

Servers such as these,  topped up with Citrix XenServer 6.2, topped up with Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 establishes that fantastic user desktop experience yearned for long by the customers. This was possible because of the commendable architecture that Citrix XenServer built around the GPU sharing technology that lets the virtual machines access the native NVIDIA drivers thus enabling access to the maximum potential of the hardware. We therefore have support for all 3D technologies including DirectX 9/10/11, OpenGL 4.3. You can get more insight here on 3D graphical applications. This is unlike to what the other industry solutions achieved more of which here and here. You must also check out some great reference architectures for graphical deployments that HP provided which gives nice overview of the technologies that complements our own. In particular, if you are looking for a vendor agnostic description of what all those vSGA, vGPU, vDGA acronyms mean – this might well tick the box.

It has been an absolute pleasure for me working here at the XenServer HCL certification (some certification details covered in my last blog)and QA front getting to upstream quality, ‘left shift’ engineering practices, work with talented HP engineering team, certify top quality hardware and preview such new game changing solutions like vGPU. I have watched the Sales and management team going breathless talking about what all we could achieve over past months and I cannot agree more. If you are at GTC, you must check out the server demo booths to see servers like the HP in action with NVIDIA GRID cards, delivering some really awesome graphics.

Insider Tip: Derek Thorslund from XenDesktop will be giving a talk at NVIDIA GTC 2014 that I’ve got an insider tipoff will contain case studies of real customer deployments featuring HP servers – the details of his talk “S4581 – Customer Experiences with GPU Virtualization and 3D Remoting” are here.

* Please note that, HP DL380z is just a rebranding done to identify HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 with NVIDIA GRID K2 cards installed.