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HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen11 Unveiled: In-depth Breakdown + Mistakes to Avoid When Making Your Purchase

HPE ProLiant Servers are found all around the world. In the countries we cover for selling refurbished servers, HPE ProLiant servers dominate. As the years progress, we anticipate an increasing number of requests for the Gen11 servers. Given this trend, we decided to delve deep into this series, focusing on the most popular version, the DL380.

Late last year, HPE unveiled a new lineup of ProLiant Gen11 servers. These were meticulously designed to harness the power of both AMD Genoa processors and the recently launched 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs.

The HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen11 stands out as a dual-socket server, neatly housed in a 2U form factor. Crafted for the most demanding workloads, it boasts of advanced scalability, making it apt for tasks that require cutting-edge DPUs and GPUs. Whether your focus is on virtualization, private cloud solutions, or data management, the DL380 Gen11 emerges as a top contender.

One of its standout features is its adaptability in storage configurations. Users have the flexibility to choose between 36 E3.S SSDs in the front bays or 18 E3.S 2T drives. Traditional hard drives and 2.5″ NVMe configurations are also on the table. Moreover, this server can house up to 8 drives in its midplane, with options for 4LFF or 6SFF bays at the rear. If storage isn't your primary concern, the rear space can be repurposed for PCIe expansion, even supporting up to 8 GPUs.

Key Specifications:

  • Drive Supported: Options range from 8 or 12 LFF SAS/SATA/SSD to 8, 16, or 24 SFF SAS/SATA/SSD, depending on the configuration. There's also an option for 6 SFF rear drives or 2 SFF rear drives. For those looking at NVMe, 20 SFF NVMe is optional. However, using NVMe support via the Express Bay will limit the maximum drive capacity, depending on the model.

  • Processor Type: Intel®

  • Processor Family: 4th Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

  • Processor Core: Ranges from 16 to 60 cores, depending on the processor choice.

  • Processor Cache: Varies from 22.5 MB to 112.5 MB L3, contingent on the processor.

  • Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Models: click here

  • Memory Type: HPE DDR5 Smart Memory with 32 memory slots. The maximum memory it supports is 8 TB with 256 GB DDR5. Memory protection features include RAS – Advanced ECC, online spare, mirroring, combined channel (lockstep) functionality, and HPE Fast Fault Tolerant Memory (ADDDC); Intel Optane Persistent Memory. DIMM capacity ranges from 16 GB to 256 GB.

  • Optical Drive Type: Users have the option for a DVD-ROM, either via the Universal Media Bay or external support.

  • Security Features: The HPE TPM 2.0 comes standard on the motherboard. Additional security features include an optional locking Bezel Kit and an Intrusion Detection Kit.

  • Infrastructure Management: The server is integrated with HPE iLO Standard with intelligent provisioning. There's also HPE OneView Standard (requires download) as a standard feature. Advanced options include HPE iLO Advanced, HPE OneView Advanced (optional licenses required), and HPE GreenLake COM.

  • Power Supply Type: Depending on the model, users can opt for an 800W, 1000W, or 1600W Dual hot-plug redundant 1+1 HPE Flexible Slot Power Supplies.

  • Expansion Slots: The server boasts up to 8 PCIe Gen5 slots and 2 OCP 3.0 slots. For detailed descriptions, one can reference the QuickSpecs.

  • Network Controller: Options include 1 Gb, 10 Gb, 10/25 Gb, 100 Gb, or 200 Gb, available in PCIe adapter or OCP 3.0 form factors.

  • Storage Controller: The server supports a range of controllers, including HPE SR932i-p, HPE MR216i-o, HPE MR416i-o, HPE MR216i-p, HPE MR416i-p, and HPE MR408i-o. Detailed descriptions are available in the QuickSpecs.

  • System Fan Features: Depending on the model, users can opt for hot-plug redundant fans, either as a Standard Fan Kit or a High-Performance Fan Kit.

  • Warranty: The server comes with a 3/3/3 warranty, which includes three years of parts, labor, and onsite support. Additional information regarding the worldwide limited warranty and technical support is available on the HPE website. For those seeking extended support and service coverage beyond the product warranty, options are available on the HPE support site.

The HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen11 is versatile, making it ideal for a plethora of tasks. Whether it's CRM, Data Management, Analytics & AI, VDI, SCM, ERM, Content Management, or Containers, this server is equipped to handle it all.

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