HPE ProLiant Rack Server DL380 G9 2U Review

HPE Proliant Rack Server line up is extremely popular among Small business server for its top of line performance and various processor options.

Performance

This DL380 model HPE Proliant Rack server comes with enterprise class Intel Xeon E5-2609 v4 Octa-core (8 Core) 1.70 GHz Processor.  This Intel Xeon E5 processor falls in the middle of the spectrum and compares to Intel i5 processor in terms of raw performance.

8 cores helps in handling large workloads and multiple users or sessions seamlessly.



Comes with 8GB of DDR4 Ram and expandable upto 64GB of Ram. HPE also provides Ram upgrades on the store.

HPE proliant Rack server supports 12Gb/s SAS storage controller supporting several Terabytes of data transfers in few minutes.

Providing the 12GB/s SAS makes HPE Proliant Rack server one of the best storage servers available in the marker.

Design 

This top of the line Small business server is of 2U in height. And physical dimensions 3.4 inches in height,  17.5 inches in depth (width) and 26.7 in depth (length).

It compactly fits in all 2U standard racks. Weighs a moderate 32.7 lbs. Please check the rack capacity before adding any rack server.

While the HPE Proliant comes with one processor installed, it has capacity to add an additional cpu.

HPE provides three year limited warranty and free returns within 30 days.

Score :

We give the HPE proliant rack server a score of 82% for design and performance.

Manufacturer Part Number  – 850517-S01

Intel and several other processors affected by Memory leak bug

As per researchers there is a memory leak bug affecting several generations of Intel Processors. While the bug is disclosed this week, number of exploits using the memory leak bug are unknown at this time. Microsoft & Several Linux vendors have rushed to release a windows update to mitigate memory leak.

Performance Impact

Part of the patch will cause 5-30% performance degradation of systems and can be noticeable in Server environment. Intel has confirmed this while suggesting this will eventually not be case.

AMD processors are also affected

Initial reports pointed finger on Intel as the only culprit, but Intel came with a press release suggesting the Kernel Memory leak bug affects several devices and processors and not unique to Intel.

You can read Intel’s full press release here –https://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-responds-to-security-research-findings/

Intel Press Release

Intel and other technology companies have been made aware of new security research describing software analysis methods that, when used for malicious purposes, have the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices that are operating as designed. Intel believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.

Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a “bug” or a “flaw” and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.

Intel is committed to product and customer security and is working closely with many other technology companies, including AMD, ARM Holdings and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively. Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits. Contrary to some reports, any performance impacts are workload-dependent, and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.

Intel is committed to the industry best practice of responsible disclosure of potential security issues, which is why Intel and other vendors had planned to disclose this issue next week when more software and firmware updates will be available. However, Intel is making this statement today because of the current inaccurate media reports.

Check with your operating system vendor or system manufacturer and apply any available updates as soon as they are available. Following good security practices that protect against malware in general will also help protect against possible exploitation until updates can be applied.

Intel believes its products are the most secure in the world and that, with the support of its partners, the current solutions to this issue provide the best possible security for its customers.

Trump administration proposing to end H1B extensions

It appears at least a section of the Trump administration is working on reducing the effectiveness of H1B visa program. The target here is American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21), which was passed with bipartisan support in 1998.

AC21

Sections of the act allows H1B works to continue working in United States, while they are waiting for a Green Card. Currently it takes 12-15 year for Indian immigrant to obtain Green Card, i.e. after they have qualified and have a approved petition. This is primarily due to annual limits  set per country. Countries like Pakistan and Srilanka enjoy quicker turnaround (less than 6 months) as there is not qualified candidates from these countries and per country limit is not based on the population of the original country.

Current Law & Tweaks

As H1B in its original form allowed candidates upto a maximum of 6 years, AC21 allowed candidates who have approved I140 (Permanent resident), but awaiting country quota. While a legislation is needed to change this condition, Trump administration doesn’t have enough votes. Hence tweaking of the wording of the document is being considered. Eitherway the end result might be mass deportation of nearly half a million well paid H1B candidates.

Impact

While most of them might continue to perform the same job from their home country, this will impact local property values, property taxes,  Social security taxes etc. At an average these individuals and families contribute to the local economy and will set a path where companies might move their offices to countries with less restriction.