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HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen8 (G8) Server - System Overview


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The HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen8 server can support up to two processors from Intel's E5-2600 processor series for a maximum memory capacity of 768GB and a maximum internal storage capacity of 16TB. HPE's iLO Management Engine includes a multitude of management tools embedded onto the system itself and can be accessed from a single screen to simplify server management. The system has two PCIe expansion slots available and can support an optional DVD-ROM/RW optical drive if desired. Tool-less access to most of the components and flat cabling throughout the system make it easy to upgrade and service.


The DL160 Gen8 server can support a maximum of two Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors for a total of 16 cores. Six, and eight core E5-2600 processor models can support Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology which allows a single microprocessor to act like two separate processors to the operating system.


With a two processor configuration, the HPE DL160 Gen8 system can support up to 24 DDR3 DIMM slots, or half that amount with a single processor. This system supports load reduced (LRDIMM), unbuffered (UDIMM), and registered (RDIMM) memory modules, but each are distinct memory technologies that cannot be mixed within the system. Using 24 x 32GB LRDIMM memory modules, the system can support a maximum memory capacity of 768GB. Depending on the configuration, memory can run at speeds of 1066MHz, 1333MHz, or 1600MHz. HPE introduced their SmartMemory modules with Gen8 servers reducing power consumption by 20%.


Up to eight small-form factor (SFF) or up to four large-form factor (LFF) hot-plug SAS/SATA hard drive bays are supported. Both the SFF and LFF configurations feature an optional optical drive. A maximum internal storage capacity of 16TB is achieved using a 4 x 4TB LFF SATA or SAS configuration. ProLiant Gen8 servers support HPE's SmartArray controllers which are designed to detect possible drive failures before they occur.


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There are two PCIe 3.0 expansion slots available on the DL160 Gen8 server. The first expansion slot can fit either a half-length/ full-height card, or a full-length/ full-height expansion card. To access the second low-profile expansion slot, a half-length expansion card must be used in the first slot. There are two USB 2.0 ports on the front of the chassis, with four in the back and one internal for a total of seven USB ports. An internal USB Cable Gen8 Kit must be purchased to use the internal USB port.


Management of the server is been made easy with HPE's iLO Management Engine, which includes an intelligent microprocessor, a dedicated network interface, and secure memory to manage the server throughout its entire lifecycle. HPE's iLO Remote Console allows users to remotely control the power state and collaborate with up to six server administrators. HPE's Active Health System which monitors and records each change to the server's hardware and can display the complete configuration history. Server deployment and setup has been simplified with embedded deployment capabilities so SmartSmart CDs and Smart Update Firmware DVDs are no longer needed.


The HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen8 server delivers high-performance capabilities, with a user-inspired design and suite of embedded management technologies. HPE's SmartDrive carriers provide an icon-based approach to drive operations so administrators no longer need to interpret multiple combinations of blinking lights. Data loss and downtime are reduced with HPE's SmartMemory, and SmartArray HP controllers provides up to six times the performance of previous generations. Air flow throughout the system is greatly improved and HPE's 3D Array of temperature sensors throughout the chassis help keep the system cool automatically.

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HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen8 (G8) Server - Specifications

Processor - 2 Sockets
    Intel® E5-2600 processor family
Operating Systems and Virtualization Software Support for ProLiant Servers
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
  • VMware
  • Oracle Solaris
    Intel® C600 Chipset
On System Management Chipset
    HP iLO (Firmware: HP iLO 4)

  • PC3-10600R Registered DDR3 (1333MHz)
  • DIMM Slots Available

  • 24 DIMM slots
  • Standard (Entry Models)

  • 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) RDIMM
  • Standard (Base Models)

  • 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) RDIMM
  • Standard (Performance / Energy Star Models)

  • 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) RDIMM
  • Maximum (RDIMM)

  • 384 GB (24 x 16 GB)
  • Maximum (LRDIMM)

  • 768 GB (24 x 32 GB)
  • Maximum (UDIMM)

  • 128 GB (16 x 8 GB)
Network Controller
    HP 361i Integrated Dual Port Gigabit Server Adapter
Expansion Slots
    Expansion Slot # Technology Bus Width Connector Width Form Factor
    1 PCIe 3.0 X16 X16 Half length, Full height or Full length, Full height
    2 PCIe 3.0 X8 X8 Low Profile
Storage Controller
    Entry Models

  • HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i controller
  • Base Models

  • HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i controller
  • Performance Models

  • HP Smart Array P420/1GB FBWC controller
Internal Storage Devices
    Diskette Drives

  • Via USB only
  • Optical Drives

  • Optional SATA 9.5mm DVD-ROM Optical Drive
  • Optional SATA 9.5mm DVD RW Optical Drive
  • Drive Bays

  • Up to 4 Hot plug SAS/SATA 3.5" drives
  • Up to 8 Hot plug SAS/SATA 2.5" drives
Maximum Internal Storage
    Hot Plug LFF SATA 16.0TB 4 x 4TB
    Hot Plug LFF SATA SSD 3.2TB 4 x 800GB
    Hot Plug LFF SAS 16.0TB 4 x 4TB
    Hot Plug SFF SATA 8.0TB 8 x 1TB
    Hot Plug SFF SATA SSD 6.4TB 8 x 800GB
    Hot Plug SFF SAS 9.6TB 8 x 1.2TB
    Hot Plug SAS SSD 6.4TB 8 x 800GB
    Non-Hot Plug LFF SATA 12.0TB 4 x 3TB
    Non-Hot Plug LFF SAS 2.4TB 4 x 600GB
    Network RJ-45(Ethernet)

  • 2 NIC ports, 1 dedicated iLO port
  • Serial

  • 1 (Rear)
  • Pointing Device (Mouse)

  • 0 (via USB only)
  • Graphics

  • 2 VGA ports (1 rear, 1 front)
  • Keyboard

  • 0 (via USB only)
  • USB 2.0 Ports

  • 7 (two front, one internal, four rear)
System Fans
  • 5 non-hot plug redundant fans ship standard in 1P models
  • 7 non-hot plug redundant fans ship standard in 2P models
  • Integrated Matrox G200 video standard
  • HP iLO 4 On System Management Memory
    1U Rack
    8 SFF Models 1.7" (43.2mm) Height x 17.1" (434.6mm) Width x 27.5" (699mm) Length
    4 LFF Models 1.7" (43.18mm) Height x 17.11" (434.6mm) Width x 29.5" (750mm) Length
On System Management
    HP iLO Management Engine

  • HP iLO
  • HP Agentless Management
  • HP Active Health System
  • HP Intelligent Provisioning
HP Insight management software
    HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP)
  • Power-on password
  • Setup password
  • Diskette boot control
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
  • Secure Shell (SSH)

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