HP adds four-socket servers to Gen9 line-up



The Gen9 line-up has been freshened up by HP by adding to the range the ProLiant DL580, four socket (4S) enterprise-standard x86.  The DL580 range offers breakthrough performance, rock-solid reliability, and compelling consolidation and manageability efficiencies.


It is ideal for mission-critical enterprise, business intelligence, and database applications. Good Security, data protection and resiliency features make it even more attractive for businesses that want servers they can depend on completely.  With Intel Xeon E7-4800/880 v3 processors the HP DL580 Gen9 offers the very best x86 performance, up to 6TBs of memory, greater IO bandwidth (9 PCIe Gen3.0 slots) and 12 Gb/s SAS Speeds.



What’s new

  • Eliminate infrastructure complexity with HP OneView 1.10. Now available on all HP ProLiant DL Gen8 Servers!


Breakthrough Performance and Scalability

The HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 Server provides up to 2x processor performance and 50% more cores with Intel Xeon E7-4800 v2 processors than the previous generation.
Allows you to implement large-scale in-memory computing and virtualization with more memory slots (96 DIMMs).
Supports more PCIe flash storage or co-processor cores to boost performance with greater I/O bandwidth: 9 PCIe Gen3 slots including 5 x16 FL/FH slots.
Increases SSD performance with 12 Gbps HP Smart Array SAS Controllers and greater internal storage capacity for faster access to more data.


Leading Availability and Reliability

The HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 Server provides increased system availability and less need for service with enhanced error recovery, improved error diagnosis, and built-in redundancy.
Improves reliability and data protection with HP Smart Array Controllers featuring 4 G cache, Advanced Data Mirroring, and HP SmartDrive technology.
Increases security with support for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode, Secure Boot, HP Secure Encryption, and Intel Secure Key.
HP Proactive Care Services integrates uptime and productivity into a personalized, simplified support experience.

Compelling Efficiencies with Intelligent Manageability and Scale-up Consolidation

The HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 Server provides total cost of ownership savings with scale-up consolidation efficiencies and software licensing cost savings.
Faster, lower-cost infrastructure management and a single integrated view of your IT infrastructure with HP OneView.
Provides up to 3x faster administrative updates with 93% less downtime and 69% less operator time through industry-leading maintenance tools with HP Smart Update Manager (SUM).
Comprehensive embedded manageability with HP iLO 4, HP Agentless Management, HP Active Health System, HP Intelligent Provisioning, and HP Embedded Remote Support.
User-inspired features such as FlexibleLOM for a choice in networking, front access processor/memory drawer for ease of serviceability, and QR code for quick access to product information.


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Hotplugs UK & The SiiPod Epic Adventures!

It’s not everyday you find someone dragging 150kg’s of something that looks like a funny shaped shoe.  Sii was first spotted in Kent near the very beginning of his adventure of walking around the world with his “SiiPod creation”.  But what is it?  What does it contain?  Does he sleep inside?  Well it turns out one of guys from Hotplugs actually knows him from University.  Small world!   A few days later I had a chance to meet Sii on his way down to Dover.  His travelling plans were intriguing.  Walking across Europe and then Asia whilst camping and busking at various points?  Crazy!  At the same time quite inspirational.


The “SiiPod” does contain a didgeridoo, I will tell you that much… Everything else you find out through the SiiPod Facebook page where you can track Sii’s progress and see pictures, videos etc of his epic adventure.  We wish him the very best of luck and look forward to the updates.  If you would like to get involved with donations there is a link below.  Invite some of your friends to Facebook page and check out the updates!

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*From SiiPod Facebook page…

My name is Sii. I have a dream, a vision that is not only limited to me but I hope can give other people the inspiration and drive to pursue their dreams.

See full details on Si’s Facebook pagesiiblog2



With video footage and still images I will be documenting my journey beginning in England and heading east across Europe and after many thousands of kilometers south into Asia.

Click on the link below to see how far Sii has got in his travels:




I have built a fiberglass Capsule that I’ve named “The SiiPod “; it will hold all my belongings that i need for this expedition such as camping and filming equipment, my didgeridoos, clothes, food, water I made this completely from scratch as there is nothing like it until now.

So i ask you, if you’re able to assist me, by offering a small donation to help fund the equipment needed, transport getting the SiiPod and I over there and production/editing of the documented videos?

Please click on the link below to donate money for this adventure:





Please click on the photo below to go to the hotplugs website:



Hardware and Warranty Support Services

Hardware and Warranty Support

Computer hardware is often noticed when something goes wrong.  Hotplugs UK can help you both minimise disruption when a fault occurs and deliver hardware support.  Whether you want to ensure maximum availability or extend equipment lifetime for economic or environmental reasons, we provide support services with vendors such as HP, DELL and IBM.

We understand the challenges with different processes for logging calls as each vendor may vary in process.  By reducing your support agreements with a single contract, Hotplugs UK will help you through the processes, providing the right solution for you.  Supported in the UK and pan- European IT coverage, 24x7x365 response is a guarantee and with a point of contact.



  • Service level agreements to match your needs from a next business day response to a two hour fix
  • 24x7x365 service coverage
  • Dedicated client management and a UK based service desk
  • Network of fully qualified engineers and strategic stock locations


Hotplugs Warranty Services


We also supply warranty for Servers, Desktops, Laptops, Networking Hardware and Printers.  Most of the major brands are covered.  Please contact us for more info…


Hp introduce their Revolve Family

HP has brought out a new range of laptops/tablets with their Revolve range.

Little has changed on the outside with these. They still feature the swivel hinge allowing this to change from a laptop to a tablet and instead of changing the size they have decided to keep the same dimensions and opt for a more robust design and material.

The second generation can house up to a dual-core, 2.1GHz Intel Core i7 4600U CPU with Intel HD Graphics 4400. Backing that are up to a whopping 12GB of DDR3 RAM at 1,600MHz and an SSD as spacious as 256GB.

The Third generation looks just as durable and stylish as its predecessors, and offers Broadwell punch in Core i3, i5 and i7 configurations ranging from 2.1 to 2.6GHz.


  • Sturdy and slightly magnesium chassis
  • Haswell powered
  • Swivel hinge hides keyboard well


  • Subpar display resolution
  • Little to no design changes
  • Still no storage for stylus

HP OneView

Bring it all together: admins, equipment, and processes

hp-oneview-1cloudroadJust as Facebook enables personal connections by bringing together friends, family, and

Life events, and just as eBay accelerates business by bringing together buyers and sellers,

HP OneView brings together your administrators, equipment, and processes to meet the three requirements for a new time of IT management.

1. A consumer-inspired experience

HP OneView replaces outdated management user interfaces, models, and methods with a
user experience driven by the way people expect to work in today’s world. HP OneView was built from the ground up to enable easy partnership among IT administrators and to increase productivity on day-to-day tasks, like system monitoring, troubleshooting, and updates. The platform is built for scale, so can achieve the same level of productivity no matter how big your environment grows.

2. A software-defined architecture

HP OneView is based on a software-defined architecture that enables your organization to move away from manual tasks and costly errors and into a world of rapid, repeatable operations. You can deploy resources at the push of a button—repeatedly, reliably, throughout the lifecycle. With a software-defined approach, a junior operator can execute like a senior engineer, even in the middle of the night.

3. An open, extensible platform

HP OneView provides an open development platform backed by an active community of
developers and published RESTful APIs. This RESTful technology, widely used in web development, makes it simple to customize your management platform and integrate it with other tools, both inside and outside your data center.
Ultimately, the capabilities of HP OneView don’t just improve the lives of your IT administrators. They go beyond that to enable your IT organization to deliver business value faster, at a lower cost, and with greater consistency and reliability

Upcoming server profile configuration support forHP ProLiant BL and DL Gen9 Servers including new UEFI configurations.one


IBM leaves the x86 Server market


As of October 1st the anticipated deal worth over 2 billion dollars between Lenovo and Ibm was closed instantly propelling Lenovo in to the 3rd largest provider of x86-based server hardware, software and services.  In addition to this Lenovo will be looking to employ 6500 new colleagues across more than 60 countries.  Buying this server business compliments the company’s efforts to expand its own product base and will inherit the customers and brand whist in turn working to create its own new products for this audience.


IBM is effectively repeating history and getting out of the server market as it did with desktops and laptops rather than trying to compete with margins. The deal only covers IBM’s x86 server business and the company will retain control of its own power-based servers and hardware. Its research and development branch should be unaffected by this deal.


This in turn is freeing IBM from its long running relationship with Intel and allows them to focus on its software and service divisions.


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This puts Lenovo in a position to compete with giants Hewlett-Packard and Dell and that they can grow their business venture in the same way that they did when IBM sold them the desktop and notepad PC business in 2005heir worldwide PC business.


HP Proliant Generation 9 is here!

Hewlett Packard have launched their ninth generation of Proliant server.  The new Intel Xeon CPU offers even better performance, a switch to DDR4 memory as well as power efficiency.

The increase to 12Gb SAS is something that we have been waiting for and we are finally here.  SAS & SSD drives are now available, please contact your account manager for the latest pricing and availability.

What’s New

  • Industry standard support for two (2) Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors, 24x HP DDR4 SmartMemory and 12 Gb/s SAS.
  • Flexible, shorter chassis design, including HP Universal Media Bay, giving greater upgrade options both front and rear, with redesigned Flexible Slot, Power supplies, with up to 94% efficiency.
  • Choice of HP Flexible Smart Array and Smart SAS HBA Controllers in conjunction with embedded HP Dynamic Smart Array Controller.

HP Proliant Gen9 Family

Proliant Gen9 Portfolio

Here’s a comparison from Proliant Gen8 to Gen9


Flexible Design Makes Your Investment “Future Proof” So It Can Grow as Your Business Needs Expand

The HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server has a flexible redesigned chassis, including new HP Universal Media Bay configuration options with 8 to 24 Small Form Factor (SFF) and 4 or 12 Large Form Factor (LFF) drive options; with additional rear drive support for expandability and investment protection.
The redesigned HP Flexible Smart Array and HP Smart SAS HBA Controllers allow you the flexibility to choose the optimal 12 Gb/s controller most suited to your environment. In conjunction with the embedded SATA HP Dynamic Smart Array B140i Controller for boot, data and media needs.
You have a choice of embedded 4x1GbE, HP FlexibleLOM or PCIe standup 1GbE or 10GbE Adapters provide you flexibility of networking bandwidth and fabric so you can adapt and grow to changing business needs.

Please contact us for more information or to to get a quote on the latest HP servers.

HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Cables Because They Could Start Fires

hpUS Consumer Safety Product Commission have issued an alert ( which has also been confirmed by HP ) that if you are using a laptop with a cable marked LS-15 that they are considered potential fire hazards.

The part of the cable to check is the part that connects the power brick to the wall if it is marked LS-15 you may need to get this replaced. Not all cables marked with this are a fire hazard but it been reported that there is about 6 million in circulation that are at fault.

HP claims that 5,577,000 of the cables were sold in the US and 446,700 were sold in Canada. But HP did not rule out the possibility that some were sold in the UK, saying that it was a “worldwide” recall.
HP are replacing all the affected cables free of charge so if your cable looks like the one belo
w please click on this link to find out if you are due a replacement.

official HP recall page


The Apprentice Final Winner is…

Well, I wouldn’t have guessed Luisa Zissman and Leah Totton would have been in the final.  The season was finally exciting again and it had me cringing on almost every episode!  After some interesting emails over the my last post about HP sponsoring Tottenham I had to post something about this.  Congratulations to Leah for winning the apprentice.  I had feeling she would win when it came down to the last few.  It’s always to see how these contestants and business ideas actually pan out.  Dragon’s Den is another personal favourite of mine.

Do you think she deserved to win?  How successful will be in your opinion?


HP are the new sponsor for Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham will wear HP on their shirt for the first time since 1999.  The new 2013/2014 kit will be available on the 10th August!


Let us know if you are a Spurs fan when you place an order on Hotplugs UK as we will be giving away some football on the launch day ready for the new season.

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If you are a winner you can choose from a home or away strip!

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