30.07.2015 1:17

Review Server HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 and ProLiant DL120 Gen9

Both models are positioned as a compact server solutions for small and medium-sized businesses with the ability to backup and flexible scalability in the ever-growing needs of the enterprise, for example, virtualization. They are made in different form factors, and their configurations are different.

Contents of delivery

Given that the HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 a rack server, with it comes the guide for installation in a cabinet. The rest of the equipment on both models is no different – a set of paper documents and the power cable to connect to the UPS.

Review Server HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 and ProLiant DL120 Gen9

Design features

HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 is made in the form factor towers 4,5U for installation directly on the floor, and the server HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9, as I mentioned, is a odnoyunitovoe solution for mounting in a rack or server cabinet.

Housing ProLiant DL120 Gen9, as expected, made of durable gray metal, while the ML110 Gen9 body powder coated black.

On the front and back panels of both models allows access to the drive cage, controls, indicators and communication system interfaces, as well as to the optical drive.

In rack models HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 also provided service tag.

To look inside the cover must be removed. In the case of HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 loosen special bolts on the rear panel and remove the side cover, thus opening access to mount plastic “muzzle” on the front.

To gain access to the inside of the rack model, you need to remove the cover with a pen-enabled lock key Torx.

It is noteworthy that on the back side is illustrated scheme covers all components of the device, which is useful for system administrator system maintenance.

Review Server HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 and ProLiant DL120 Gen9

Considering the internal structure of the two servers should start with the cooling system – from HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 found three coolers with hot-swappable, although the system supports the installation of two more elements.

In the case of the HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 cooling system uses a single cooler, with the possibility of more productive solutions.

Rack server equipped with a power supply capacity of 550 watts, which is compliant with 80 PLUS Silver efficiency to 85%, while the HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 in tower design received the power supply capacity of 350 watts made standard 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency to 82%.

Used power supplies do not support hot swapping. In addition, there is the possibility bundling servers more powerful and advanced power supply – 550 or 750 W in the case of the HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 and 800 W in the case of the HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9. All these mutations both available in custom configurations.

Technical details

Models HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 and ProLiant DL120 Gen9 are single-socket servers. They support chips Intel Xeon E5 2600 Series v3.

In various configurations may be used 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18-nuclear solutions. In the case of the HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 supports a maximum of 10-core processors. The more powerful Xeon chips can be used with HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9.

Review Server HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 and ProLiant DL120 Gen9

The test models are built on the Six-Core Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3, made of 22-nm process technology with 2.4 GHz, and 15 MB cache. It is supported by technology Turbo Boost, which, if necessary, can increase the frequency up to 3.2 GHz, as well as Hyper-Threading is able to process two streams of data per core – six-core chip is able to work with twelve data streams. Both servers have 8 DIMM slots with four memory channels.

Regardless of the type of RAM – whether LRDIMM or RDIMM, the maximum supported capacity reaches 256 GB, by using modules of 32GB.

Disk Drives

In its basic configuration, the drive cage HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 designed for 4 storage format LFF.

There is a possibility of installing another basket. In this case, using the storage for 6 TB, the maximum amount can reach 48 TB.

If you use a storage format SFF, the drive cage holds up to 16 drives. In this case, I use a storage capacity of 1.6 TB storage capacity could reach 25.6 TB.

HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9, in turn, can be equipped with a basket of four hard disk drives LFF or eight SFF.

When using four hard drives to 6 TB each, the maximum volume is 24 TB. If the choice falls on the storage administrator Format SFF, the eight drives for a total of 1.6 TB to 12.8 TB form a free space.

Both servers support both hard drives and solid state drives with interface SATA / SAS.

For the control disk subsystem in HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 integrated controller meets HP Dynamic Smart Array B140i, which provide bandwidth 6Gbps specification SATA (SAS protocol is not supported). It is implemented in the RAID levels 0, 1, 10 and 5.

In the case of the HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9, the disk subsystem is responsible for a discrete RAID-controller HP H240 with a capacity of 12 GB specification SAS. It supports RAID levels 0, 1, ADM, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, 60.

Opportunities to expand functionality

To upgrade the system in HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 has 5 slots PCIe 3.0 – one x16, two x4 and two x8. It supports the installation of modules full height and half length.

Review Server HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 and ProLiant DL120 Gen9

In the case of rack servers HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 expansion slots implemented with raiser card. To scale the available two slots PCIe 3.0 – x8 and x16. Supports the installation of low-profile expansion cards

Network and communications capabilities

HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 equipped with a LAN controller Broadcom 5717 Dual-port 1GbE with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, while the HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 received network module HP Embedded Dual Port 361i, too, with two gigabit ports.

In other versions of this survey servers can be used as a more advanced solutions to two and four-port, as well as controllers 10 gigabit ports.

To connect peripheral devices and encryption keys in HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 has 5 ports USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports and a slot for memory cards format microSD.

In Rack Server ProLiant DL120 Gen9 more modest set – three USB 3.0 ports and one port with the specification 2.0, as well as a slot for memory cards MicroSD.

Command and control

To control the servers about which referred to in this material is intended management system iLO Management Engine, which provides control of the device throughout the entire life cycle of the server, from his first run.

Functional system will be engaged remotely configuring, firmware, monitor and optimize energy consumption. Special attention is given mobile applications for Android and iOS for remote server management.

More advanced functionality is available from the iLO Advanced, but to work with this system requires a paid license.

Review Server HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 and ProLiant DL120 Gen9


Both servers are in different form factors, but despite this, they have almost the same features. Model their use may differ from the positioning of the manufacturer, but the best they can cope with the tasks among small and medium-sized businesses.


Model HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 (794997-425)

  • Form Factor 4,5U
  • Processor Intel Xeon E5-26xx v3
  • Chipset Intel C610
  • 8hDIMM RAM, up to 256GB
  • Storage up to 16×2,5 ” /, to 25.6 TB, 8×3,5 ” /, up to 48 TB
  • Optical drive
  • Connectors 2x PCIe 3.0×4, 2x PCIe 3.0×8, 1x PCIe 3.0×16, 2xUSB 2.0, 5xUSB 3.0, VGA, microSD.
  • Networking 2h1GbE
  • Power 350 W
  • Dimensions see 44h19,5h48,05
  • Weight 12,5-24,9 kg
  • Management software HP iLO Management Engine, iLO Advanced (optional)