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HPE ProLiant DL385p Gen8 (G8) Server - System Overview


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The HPE DL385p Gen8 is a 2U, two-socket server that features an abundance of management tools, extensive configuration flexibility, and hassle-free serviceability. This system supports DDR3 DIMMs and offers 50% more memory capacity than that of the previous generation server. New FlexibleLOM technologies allows for easy network connectivity upgrades and HPE has also developed a new tray carrier design, the SmartCarrier, that makes it easy to determine hard drive status.


A maximum of two AMD Opteron 6200 or AMD Opteron 6300 series processors can be installed on HPE's DL385p Gen8 rack server. Opteron 6300 series processors offer a 37% gain in performance over AMD 6200 series processors.


The HPE DL385p Gen8 supports up to 24 HPE DDR3 SmartMemory modules. Unbuffered (UDIMM), registered (RDIMM), and load-reduced (LRDIMM) memory modules are supported, but mixing different types is not supported. Outfitted with 32GB DDR3 LRDIMM modules in all 24 slots adds up to an impressive 768GB of memory. With HPE SmartMemory, users can expect a 16.6% performance increase over non-vetted memory modules.


HPE ProLiant DL385p Gen8 provides enhanced configuration flexibility with chassis configurations of 8 SFF, 16 SFF, 25 SFF, 8 LFF, or 12 LFF drives. Administrators can choose from SAS, SATA, HDD, or SSD hot plug drives. Both the 8 SFF and 8 LFF configurations can support an optional optical drive, but the 16 SFF, 25 SFF, and 12 LFF models do not. An additional Smart Array Controller is required to support the 16 SFF configuration.


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HPE's ProLiant DL385p Gen8 server supports up to six PCIe 2.0 expansion slots, all of which are full height. A single processor can support three expansion slots, but a second processor must be installed to support the remaining three slots.


HPE provides a lifecycle approach to managing the ProLiant Gen8 servers with the release of a new iLO Management Engine, iLO4. The Gen8 series provides built in server health monitoring and alerting capability with HPE's Agentless Management without the need for an installed OS. SmartStart CDs and Smart Update Firmware DVDs are no longer necessary and have been replaced by HPE's Intelligent Provisioning dramatically simplifying server deployment and configuration. HPE's Systems Insight Display (SID) is optional with the 8 SFF and 16 SFF configurations and an optional pop-out SID is supported on the 8 LFF model.


HPE's ProLiant DL385p Gen8 server is built to extend server life with their "always-on" Active Health System. It's also easy to upgrade and service with the addition of tool-less, quick access features. The introduction of HPE's SmartDrive carriers added LED status lights making hard drive status easier to interpret. HPE's 3D array of 28 in-chassis thermal sensors provide a 3D view of the server temperature and provide a more precise approach to cooling. The use of flat-cabling provides ample airflow throughout the system, further reducing the cooling cost and adds to the stress-free serviceability of the DL380p Gen8 rack server.

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HPE ProLiant DL385p Gen8 (G8) Server - Specifications

Processor - 2 Sockets
    AMD Opteron™ 6300 processor product family
Operating Systems and Virtualization Software Support for ProLiant Servers
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
  • VMware
  • Citrix XenServer
    AMD SR5690 Northbridge and SP5100 Southbridge
On System Management Chipset
    HPE iLO (Firmware: HPE iLO 4)

  • DDR3 Load Reduced (LRDIMM) and Registered (RDIMM)
  • DIMM Slots Available

  • 24 (12 DIMM slots per processor/4 channels per processor/3 DIMMs per channel)
  • Storage Centric Model

  • 16GB (2x8GB) PC3-10600R (DDR3-1333) Registered DIMMS
  • Dedicated Workload Model

  • 32GB (4x8GB) PC3-10600R (DDR3-1333) Registered DIMMS
  • Maximized Consolidation Model

  • 32GB (4x8GB) PC3-10600R (DDR3-1333) Registered DIMMS
  • Maximum Capacity (LDIMM)

  • 768GB (24 x 32GB LRDIMM @ 800MHz)
  • Maximum Capacity (RDIMM)

  • 364GB (24 slots x 16GB RDIMM @1600MHz)
Network Controller
    HPE Ethernet 1Gb 4-port 331FLR Adapter
Expansion Slots
    PCIe Riser #1 (Standard)

    Expansion Slot # Technology Bus Width Connector Width Bus Number Form Factor
    1 PCIe 2.0 X8 X16 5 Full Length, Full Height
    2 PCIe 2.0 X8 X8 8 Half Length, Full Height
    3 PCIe 2.0 X4 X8 11 Half Length, Full Height

    PCIe Riser #2 (Optional - Requires 2nd Processor)

    Expansion Slot # Technology Bus Width Connector Width Bus Number Form Factor
    4 PCIe 2.0 X16 X16 65 Full Length, Full Height
    5 PCIe 2.0 X8 X16 68 Half Length, Full Height
    6 PCIe 2.0 X8 X8 71 Half Length, Full Height
Storage Controller
    Entry Models

  • HPE Smart Array P420i/ZM (RAID 0/1)
  • Storage Centric Model

  • HPE Smart Array P420i/512MB FBWC (RAID 0/1/1+0/5/5+0/6/6+0)
  • Dedicated Workload Model

  • HPE Smart Array P420i/1GB FBWC (RAID 0/1/1+0/5/5+0/6/6+0)
  • Maximized Consolidation Model

  • HPE Smart Array P420i/2GB FBWC (RAID 0/1/1+0/5/5+0/6/6+0)
Internal Storage Devices
    Diskette Drive

  • None
  • Optical Drive

  • Optional: DVD-ROM, DVD-RW
  • Hard Drives

  • None ship standard
  • Drive Bays

  • Entry Model
    • 8-SFF drive bays(additional 8-SFF option)
  • Storage Centric Model
    • 12-LFF drive bays
  • Dedicated Workload Model
    • 8-SFF drive bays total with options for DVD or optional second 8-SFF drive bay set (total of 16SFF drive bays, no DVD)
  • Maximized Consolidation Model
    • 25-SFF drive bays total
Maximum Internal Storage
    Hot Plug SFF SAS 50.0TB 25 x 2.0TB (on 25 SFF Drive Bay Models)
    Hot Plug SFF SATA 50.0TB 25 x 2.0TB (on 25 SFF Drive Bay Models)
    Hot Plug LFF SAS 96.0TB 12 x 8TB (on 12 LFF Drive Bay Models)
    Hot Plug LFF SATA 96.0TB 12 x 8TB (on 12 LFF Drive Bay Models)
    Hot Plug SFF SAS SSD 48.0TB 25 x 1.92TB (on 25 SFF Drive Bay Models)
    Hot Plug LFF SATA SSD 19.2TB 12 x 1.6TB (on 12 LFF Drive Bay Models)

  • 1 (Back)
  • Video

  • 2 (1 front, 1 back) not active simultaneously
  • FlexibleLOM Network Ports

  • All pre-configured models come standard with 4 x 1GB ports
  • HPE iLO Remote Management Network Port

  • 1 Gb Dedicated
  • SD slot

  • 1 Internal Secure
  • USB 2.0 Ports

  • Up to 8 total: up to 2 front, 4 back, 2 internal
System Fans
  • 2P Models have (6) (N+1 redundancy standard)
  • 1P Models have (4) (N+1 redundancy standard)
  • Integrated Matrox G200 video standard
  • HP iLO 4 On System Management Memory
    2U Rack
    8 SFF Drive Bay Version: 3.44 (8.74 cm) Height x 17.54" (44.55 cm) Width x 27.5" (69.85 cm) Length
    8 LFF Drive Bay Version: 3.44 (8.74 cm) Height x 17.54" (44.55 cm) Width x 29.5" (74.94cm) Length
    12 LFF Drive Bay Version: 3.44 (8.74 cm) Height x 17.54" (44.55 cm) Width x 29.5" (74.94cm) Length
    25 SFF Drive Bay Version: 3.44 (8.74 cm) Height x 17.54" (44.55 cm) Width x 27.5" (69.85 cm) Length
On System Management
    HP iLO Management Engine:

  • HP iLO
  • HPE Agentless Management
  • HP Active Health System
  • HP Intelligent Provisioning
  • HP iLO Mobile App
HP Insight management
    HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP)
  • Power-on password
  • Serial interface control
  • Administrator's password

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