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Comparing Top-of-the-Line Servers: HP ProLiant DL360 Gen9 vs. DL380 Gen9

The right server can transform the way your small business operates, and there are
several things to take into consideration when buying a new server — or upgrading your current configuration. In addition to the cost of the server itself, you’ll want to consider the energy consumption and efficiency features, as well as looking at the storage capacity you need today, how that might expand in the next five years, and what kind of expansion capabilities your server options provide.

If this is the first server you’re purchasing, you will have to determine what kind of physical storage space you have for your server. Rackmount and blade servers are more compact than a tower server and can make more sense if you have several servers or know that you will need to expand your server capabilities in the future.

While there is a tremendous amount of server options available to small businesses today, you want to find the one that fits your company’s needs right now, as well as having the capability of taking you into the future. Two of the options every small business should take a look at before making a final decision are HP’s ProLiant DL360 Gen9 and its DL380 Gen9.

As two of the most powerful servers on the market today, the DL360 Gen9 and DL380 Gen9 both have a significant number of options to offer customers. As part of the ProLiant line, they have the high-performance technology capabilities and scalability that your small business needs in today’s fast-moving environment.

The Gen9 models have been given dramatic upgrades since their previous versions. They both are designed to work with HP’s Smart Array storage and data protection features, and they both have become more energy efficient through these upgrades.

Shared Characteristics

The two rackmount servers have a lot in common, not surprisingly. Both of them use the Intel E5-2600 Xeon series of processors. Since two processors can be set in each server, you can include up to 18 processor cores in a single server. Or, for even more processing power, use a pair of processors and take advantage of up to 36 processing cores.

Both servers benefit from the computing power delivered by the Xeon series. Since Xeon was designed with performance and efficiency in mind, it is both energy efficient and boasts lightning speeds for your server. In short, it adds exceptional processing power and more bang for the buck.

Another improvement made to both servers is their compatibility with DDR4 memory. DDR4 offers several benefits, including:

  • Greater data transfer speeds

  • More module density, which allows them to provide more RAM without needing additional space

  • Improved energy efficiency

HP has turned much of its attention to improving cooling and power efficiency, and with these models, it gives businesses the opportunity to save big on power costs by investing in the less kilowatt-hungry machines.

The Power Advantage

Because the DL360 G9 and DL380 G9 are packed with so much power, they are both excellent choices for businesses whose operations depend on speed and reliability from their server. They’re equipped to handle cloud-based computing and can manage large databases that are part of a fast-moving or rapidly changing work environment.

And, thanks to HP’s Smart Array technology, you can make sure that all your data and sensitive information remains secure and protected.

How They Stack Up

The primary difference between the ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server and the DL360 Gen9 is the size of each. The DL380 is a 2U server while the DL360 is a 1U server. With a bigger footprint, the DL380 obviously needs more space in the rack, and it also can be fitted with more drives.

With the DL380, HP promises the greatest expandability in its 2P rack portfolio, and the Gen9 is touted for its reliability, serviceability and availability. Because of the many great features and performance capabilities, it is a good fit for a variety of environments that can accommodate its larger size.

The slimmer-profile DL360 Gen9 has many of the same benefits and provides a great alternative for those with space constraints. It promises (and delivers) improved performance from previous generations and also boasts the best memory and I/O expandability available in a 1U format. That means it can provide basically the same kind of top-notch performance and reliability delivered by the DL380.

Side-by-Side Comparison

HP ProLiant DL360 Gen 9

HP ProLiant DL380 Gen 9


Intel Xeon

Intel Xeon

Maximum memory

3.0 TB

3.0 TB

Form factor









Cores per Socket







Up to 2 processors

(44 cores)

Up to 2 processors

(36 cores)

When it’s time to select the next (or even the first) server for your small business, make sure that you are getting the equipment that can handle all your needs and take you into the future.

If you’re ready to look at what HP’s DL380 Gen9 or DL360 Gen9 have to offer you,
contact Aventis Systems today and let one of our experienced customer service representatives answer your questions to help you find the best server for your needs.

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