Hpe proliant dl560 gen10 review it pro data recovery wizard professional

On review is the entry 840369-B21 model, which gets you out of the starting blocks with a pair of 14-core 2.2GHz Intel Xeon Gold 5120 CPUs partnered by 32GB of DDR4 memory. Remember that the three members of the Xeon 5100 family support memory speeds up to 2,400MHz so to get the higher 2,666MHz speed, you need to specify Gold 6100 or Platinum 8100 CPUs.

Internally, the server exudes a classy built quality and its tidy design affords quick access to all critical components for upgrades and maintenance. The two CPUs are mounted with solid passive heatsinks and the sockets are flanked on each side by 12 DIMM slots apiece.

Cooling is handled efficiently by a bank of 6 hot-plug fans behind the drive backplane and the entire assembly can be released and removed if required. Entry-level systems come with a single 3-slot PCI-Express riser card at the rear and there’s room for a second 3-slot riser alongside, plus a 2-slot riser over the PSU bay.

On 2P systems, a large air shroud covers the CPU sockets and memory and is discarded to make way for the mezzanine board upgrade. This is a simple process, as the new board drops neatly into the metal support bracket and is secured by flipping down and locking its release handle.

All models start with HPE’s embedded Smart Array S100i controller which supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays for up to 14 SATA drives. It’s not a great choice, as it only supports UEFI boot mode and Windows, doesn’t cooperate with HPE’s Intelligent Provisioning and won’t talk to its integral Smart Array Administrator tool.

To get Windows Server 2016 on our system, we booted the server from a UEFI USB stick with the ISO and manually injected the Windows S100i driver during a standard installation. To avoid these issues, we recommend one of HPE’s Smart Array snap-in modules which are far more amenable and offer advanced features such as SAS3 support, more RAID array options plus a choice of cache capacities.

Storage choices are extensive; the DL560 Gen10 employs HPE’s standard 8+8+8 drive bay configuration layout, allowing up to 24 SFF drives to be installed in blocks. You can also fit HPE’s universal media unit in the left bay which provides dual USB3, a DisplayPort plus optical drive and room for two SFF drives.

Our system includes a single 1,600W hot-plug PSU and the bay has room for a second alongside. Dispense with the 2-slot riser and you can add another Flex Slot power backplane with two more PSUs connected to a separate power supply for extra redundancy.

A single locking tab on the right-hand PCI-Express riser means it can be released with a flick of the wrist and underneath you’ll find HPE’s FlexibleLOM slot. The price of our system includes a quad Gigabit module and HPE also offers a range of 10GbE and 25GbE adapters.

With HPE’s iLO5 embedded management controller on the case, the DL560 Gen10 offers stiff platform security. This includes Secure Start, Secure Recovery and firmware validation using HPE’s Silicon Root of Trust fingerprinting which will stop the server booting if it fails this test.

The iLO5 web interface is packed with useful information about critical components and if you upgrade to an Advanced or Essentials license, you’ll get power metering, full OS remote control and virtual media services. We also added the server’s iLO5 details to the lab’s virtualized Hyper-V OneView app where we could closely monitor CPUs, power plus temperatures and use its tools for controlling power and running remote control sessions.