We are doing a server refresh for a client and they have selected the space-saving and power-reducing HP ProLiant DL360p G8 servers. At 1 rack space each, these take up a fraction of the room of their previous servers, but with Intel Xeon E5 2620 CPUs featuring 6 cores, 15MB cache, and multithreading, they can easily handle any SMB task including virtualization.
Power savings is amazing with the new G8 servers. Electricity savings over the soon-to-be-retired servers will actually pay for the entire unit over its expected life.
In this case one server will be a domain controller and the other running Microsoft Exchange 2013. Exchange 2013 has some attractive new features including improved usability, centralized role-based access control, built-in malware protection, and compliance and e-discovery capabilities.
Not only have we designed the new environment, but we’ll be deploying and managing everything on a day-to-day basis.