New HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Models Sneak Out

Never let it be said that HP like to boast about their ProLiant MicroServers – indeed, they’ve sneaked out a new generation of hardware, called Gen8, without so much as a peep.

Two new models with a full design and specification refresh are now available in the marketplace. First off, the cheaper ($449) HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 G1610T sees HP move away from AMD chips with an Intel Celeron G1610T processor (2 core, 2.3 GHz, 2MB, 35W) supported by 2GB RAM. Those seeking a little more grunt will want to take a look at the $529 HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 G2020T which boosts processing power with an Intel Pentium G2020T (2 core, 2.5 GHz, 3MB, 35W) and the same 2GB RAM.

Specs wise, the new MicroServers will accept up to 16GB RAM across two DIMM slots, a Dynamic Smart Array B120i/ZM storage controller and Gigabit Ethernet controller with dual ports. The MicroServers get a little more serious from a features perspective in this revision with support for HP’s iLO (Integrated Lights Out) server administration feature, offering quicker and easier setup., remote management and health monitoring.

You”ll still need to add your own operating system, and the retail price is a little more than you paid last time around, but it’s great to see HP continue to give the MicroServer a little love.

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  1. 16GB officially supported and dual gigE is a nice touch.
    But any idea what drive slot configuration these have?
    You could hack six 3.5″ drives into the N40L/N54L, and I’m hoping this will do six natively. The hack put two drives in the 5.25″ bay, and since this has a slim ODD that may not be possible.

    1. Thanks a lot. I was looking for that link.
      Time will tell if there’s enough space internally to fit two more drive, but it looks extremely unlikely.

        1. Thanks. Pictures are good.
          Nothing too exciting about the space in the ODD cage, unfortunately. It’s also not clear whether there are any spare SATA connectors inside. To achieve the 6HDDs in the N40L a cable had to be connected to the outside eSATA – which is missing on the new Gen8s. Oh well.

    2. I think the $100 can be explained in a few ways: HP Smart Array HBA, iLO4, dual GigE (server grade).
      If you’re unfamiliar with HP Smart Array adapters then maybe you don’t see the value. And, HP’s iLO is the best Lights-Out management out there. I’m super excited. I’m planning to get one soon with the ps1810 switch as well.

  2. Like you said Terry, its really good to see that HP are still showing love to this product line. I do however think its a shame they have removed the option for a full height bay at the front. Im currently running my server with an HP P410 which give me raid 5 for my four data drives and and Icy Dock unit that gives me two SSD’s in raid 1 for my os and slim bluRay.

  3. I wonder if these units can handle a WD 4TB Drive I would love to have 4 – 4TB Drives in ones of these units. According to HP, it states that they only support 4 – 3TB Drives. I wonder why they don’t state that they can use a 4 TB Drive…..Thoughts anyone?

    1. IIRC they said similar things wrt 2TB disks on the N40L/N54L, but many(most?) 3TB disks work in them – it’s most likely a question of which drives have been officially tested and certified with the controller. As far as I know there is no limitation in modern SATA protocols that would throw a spanner in the works somewhere between 3TB and 4TB disks. According to the “hard drives known to work” at it looks like the 4TB 5K4000 works in the N40L. We’ll know for sure once the Gen8 microservers come out, I guess.

  4. I don’t know whether this is as a result of the Gen 8’s being launched, but the N54L is now widely available (in the UK) for £210. Plus HP are running a £100 cashback until the end of the month. Which means I’ve just replaced my 4 year old main home server for £110 (Okay I splurged a bit extra on an SSD for the OS and a removeable drive caddy for the 5.25 bay, but total outlay will only just break £200 – once the cashback cheque arrives). Comparing the performance between the old HW (Tranquil BBS2) and the N54L, there is a significant improvement – OS is WSE2012.
    With that sort of pricing, you would have to think seriously on what advantage a Gen 8 would give over an N54L.

  5. HI all
    I now have one of thee units downs stairs including my old n54l however I an unable to set it up as with this new technology it it see all my drive however when time come to install the os no go cannot see any drives.
    So far all day on this without success, not happy as i didnt have this problem with my old n54l running 2008 server.
    Any help would be appreciated?

  6. Hello People,

    Somebody already know if the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 supports a single disk of 4 TB?

    1. HP Specs state max capacity is 12GB based on 4 x 3TB disks so it doesn’t seem to indicate 4TB drives are supported

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