The HP ProLiant DL120 G7 Server is a new low cost, entry level rack-optimized server. Low on cost, but not short on performance.
The latest generation of DL120 Generation 7 offers support for Intel Xeon E3 processors with all the performance advantages of 4 cores. The latest generation offers enhanced server management features using HP Integrated Lights out (iLO3) and enhanced storage support. The single processor, 1U server, is ideal for single-application IT infrastructure, web and edge-of-network applications.
The DL120 G7 also provides two PCI-Express slots. Additional upgrades, including HP SAS HBAs and Smart Array Controllers, provide support for SAS hard disk drives. The remote management offered by the integrated iLO3, provides the DL120 G7 a low-cost, effective solution for remotely managing servers anywhere, anytime.
Unreliable server plagued with system board problems and substandard support
Pros: overall, a solidly priced server. exceptional performance (when running) and of course, HP's lights out management would make this server seem like a home run.
Cons: One word. Reliability. Or rather, the lack thereof. The system board in these servers is quite simply awful. Circa late 90s to early 2000s' Dell Dimension awful. I have four of these servers, and the second one of which requires a motherboard replacement. These systems are less than four months old, and the system board failure rate is at 50%. That is unsettling to say the least. HP support proved to be capable in the first replacement, however the second is delayed indefinitely due to part availability. If the manufacturer cannot source parts, that kills most hope for the third party as well. Long story short, if you are considering purchasing this server save yourself a lot of long term headache and buy something different, or just use a normal workstation, or build a white box server - just do not buy this device, the ProLiant reliability you'll hear a lot about isn't here.
Other Thoughts: Interestingly enough, a ~$300 eMachines box running the same workload in a development environment at a colleagues shop is running perfectly (similarly specced i3 v Xeon though) for over eight months, yet a device seemingly designed to 24x7 operation has a system board which has a usable life of less than three months. A disappointing product to say the least.
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