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I read earlier tonight on the HP Microservers Facebook page that they had posted some info on the next version of the Microserver (G8).  The post was removed and they now have a post up that HP asked them to remove the information.

 

Here is the text from their current post

 

"As most of you saw, we did put up a post saying that then new G8 Microservers are on the way. We have now removed it at the request of HP, as the have not finalised the specifications as yet.

While the info available on the net is available to find to those that have good Google-fu, it is only the accessories for it. Still good info to have.

You can be assured that we are working in partnership with our HP contacts to get more information for you and we will release it as soon as we are able."

 

If they are still determining specifications then it will probably be a while before it emerges into the market place.

 

Anybody else seen or heard anything?

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Just very vague rumors that maybe a Haswell in very late 2014.  I'm sure they have all kinds of different prototypes -- sure would be fun to check their test lab.

 

 

EDIT: Looks like I was WAY off on my timeline estimate above -- check Chris's thread HP ProLiant Gen8 Microserver leaked specs

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I don't think they would go with i3-5-7 or Haswell as it would potentially conflict with the ML110. 

I wonder;

How many MicroServers has HP sold?

Is the tech enthusiast the main buyer or do businesses buy it?

It started shipping in 2010 and the only thing that has changed is the CPU speed, I have to assume that it is profitable for them as they have not needed to do any real engineering or manufacturing changes for almost three years.

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I don't think they would go with i3-5-7 or Haswell as it would potentially conflict with the ML110. 

I wonder;

How many MicroServers has HP sold?

Is the tech enthusiast the main buyer or do businesses buy it?

It started shipping in 2010 and the only thing that has changed is the CPU speed, I have to assume that it is profitable for them as they have not needed to do any real engineering or manufacturing changes for almost three years.

 

I wonder if they'd consider a Trinity APU.  This would allow the size to stay small due to CPU/GPU integration, without threatening their next-up model of server.  There would be a fair performance gain as well, and I'd definitely be interested in such a setup.

 

I'm guessing tech enthusiasts and very small businesses buy the Microserver.  If I were starting a business, and thought my needs would grow at all beyond file storage, basic Active Directory file/print stuff, or that my business would expand beyond, say ten staffers (into something where I might move my email in-house, or that involved running an app or two from the server), I'd probably go ML110 just for breathing room.  However, I could see myself setting up a G7 for someone who required mainly file/printer shares, and a good AD structure with group policies, and backing it up to an external drive.  I've seen plenty of businesses still running off a tired server with a P4-hyperthreaded Xeon and SBS2003; this would be quite a bump for them, and you can still get SBS2011.  Any more discussion I have on this, I'll take to the other topic.

 

My wish list for the G8 would be to move the remote access features onboard (keeping both an x16 and an x1 slot open) to have an onboard NIC that supports jumbo frames, full eSATA port-multiplier support, and to have HP support 16GB of RAM officially.  Hey, I can dream, right? :)

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