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Why Smart IT Managers Upgrade Their HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers and Not Buying the High-Priced Gen11

We know it's a bold statement, but the latest HPE ProLiant DL380 servers come with a high price. These models usually range between $10,000 and $20,000, depending on their configurations. While purchasing these models makes sense in some situations, those who already own Gen10 servers might find upgrading a more budget-friendly option. Upgrading the drives and installing higher-capacity RAM can significantly boost Gen10 server performance, leading to improved efficiency, effectiveness, and increased storage capacity. Moreover, these upgrades often result in better overall performance compared to the Gen11 models.

Choosing The Right Drive Upgrades: Exploring Compatible Options

Let's check examine the options available:

SAS Hard Drives:

  • Speeds: 7.2K, 10K, and 15K RPM.

  • Sizes: From 1 TB to 2.4 TB for higher RPM drives.

  • Ideal Use: Balanced speed and storage.

SATA Hard Drives:

  • Speed: Typically 7.2K RPM.

  • Sizes: Up to 16 TB as per HPE specifications.

  • Ideal Use: Bulk storage where high-speed access is less critical.


  • Speed: Up to 6GB/s.

  • Sizes: From 240 GB to 15.36 TB.

  • Ideal Use: Cost-effective solutions for moderate workloads.


  • Speed: Up to 12GB/s.

  • Sizes: Up to 15.36 TB.

  • Ideal Use: Rapid data access and high throughput.

NVMe U.2 SSDs:

  • Speed: Up to 12GB/s.

  • Capacity Configuration: Up to 307.2TB using 20x15.36TB drives in PCIe slots.

  • Ideal Use: High-speed capabilities for performance-intensive tasks.

HDDs offer a lower cost per terabyte but tend to be less reliable and slower, leading to reduced performance. In contrast, SSDs, while more expensive, deliver significantly better speed, reliability, and overall performance. We definitely recommend SSDs. To find the right ones, consider the server's specific needs, the intensity of the workload, and the desired balance between cost and performance. SATA SSDs are an excellent choice for cost-effective solutions, particularly for moderate workloads. SAS SSDs offer a balanced solution for a broader range of applications. For the highest speed and performance, NVMe U.2 SSDs are the best choice, offering unparalleled data transfer rates and large storage capacities.

Just out of curiosity, let's check the maximum capacity achievable with an HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server. It can reach up to 459TB, utilizing configurations that include a combination of 24 and 6 15.36TB SSDs with 12GB/s SAS drives. This capacity is suitable for data-intensive applications. Additionally, the server's NVMe options allow for configurations up to 307.2TB using 20 15.36TB drives, ideal for environments where large-scale data processing and high-speed data transfer are crucial.

Choosing The Right Memory Upgrades: Exploring Compatible RAM Options

RAM upgrades are crucial for improving the server's ability to handle larger workloads and more complex applications. Understanding compatibility and options is key:

  • DDR4 Memory Compatibility:

    • The server accommodates various DDR4 memory speeds based on the processor generation. With a first-gen scalable processor, speeds are limited to 2666 MHz or lower. For a second-gen scalable processor, 2933 MHz modules can be used, though 3200 MHz modules will clock down to 2933 MHz.

  • DIMM Slot Capacity:

    • The server boasts 24 DIMM slots, providing ample space for memory expansion.

  • Capacity Options:

    • RAM modules range from 4 GB to 128 GB, allowing the server to reach up to 3 TB using 24x 128 GB LRDIMMs at 2933 MHz with a second-gen scalable processor.

  • Types of RAM Supported:

    • Both ECC Registered (RDIMM) and Load Reduced (LRDIMM) memory types are compatible, with maximum capacity depending on the type and processor generation.

Mixing different types of memory, such as RDIMM and LRDIMM, is not advisable. When planning a RAM upgrade, consider the server's long-term needs. Choosing the maximum capacity supports future-proofing the server's capabilities.

How EU-Based Companies and Organizations Can Benefit

Choosing an IT partner that provides competitive pricing and extended warranty periods is essential. Access to quality components after End of Life (EOL) or End of Sale (EOS) is important for keeping your server running efficiently and up-to-date, thereby effectively balancing cost with high performance. Additionally, consider factors like shipping times, availability, and potential customs (TAX) fees – working with a partner within the EU region can help solve these issues. If you're in the EU and have questions, need pricing information, or are simply seeking information without a current project, we're ready to assist.


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