I recently purchased 3 new DL 380 G7’s for a new ESX deployment and as part of that purchase I had multiple options when it came to choosing power supplies. I tend to default to the larger power supplies when purchasing servers as usually this means it can support the maximum configuration, i.e. built in scalability.
Recently we had a service provider change their cost model from a flat fee to a metered power cost model. As a result I decided to take a closer look at the actual power consumption of the DL380 G7’s I was buying. That’s when I discovered another really useful HP online tool called the HP Power Advisor Tool.
This tool does still appear to be a work in progress, as some features are not available when you click on it, but in general there is still a lot of very useful functionality in there. You can build a single server, configure it and get your power specifications based on the components within. This is what I did with my DL 380 G7’s as you can see by clicking the thumbnail below.
If your configuration is a little more advanced, you can drop in a rack and then configure it with all manner of HP Server goodness. You can even drop in blade enclosures and then configure the interconnects and individual blades as you can see by clicking the thumbnails below.
I’m quite impressed with some of the extra tools I’ve been finding on HP’s website, I blogged recently about the HP Server DDR3 Memory Configuration Tool which helped me out when a reseller was trying to give me the wrong memory configuration. I’m just wondering what I’m going to find next!!