HP is currently holding a series of promotions about the Proliant DL385p G8 rack server, which carries the ID number C7F88A. There’s a buy-one-get-one free memory offer, a free processor offer (worth more than £500) and a 30 per cent cash back offer when you buy the server with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter.
That server is on sale at Serversdirect for £1800 including free delivery. It comes with a single socket processor, the AMD Opteron 6272, a 16-core part clocked at 2.6GHz with 16MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 115W.
Since this is a dual-socket rack server, you will be able to add a second processor which will up the core count to 32 each with 1MB L3 cache as part of the aforementioned promotion.
There’s also 8GB of RAM, 24 DIMM slots that can accommodate up to 512GB, six expansion slots, four GbE ports, a 460W PSU with a 92 per cent efficiency, a Smart Array P420i storage controller with 512MB cache, all in a 2U form factor with a three-year onsite warranty.
Other features include integrated Matrox G200 graphics, a slim DVD writer, support for hot swappable SATA300 and SAS2.0 hard drives and a number of HP features like HP Smart Drives and HP Intelligent Provisioning.