The Hewlett-Packard Company (commonly referred to as HP) was an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. It developed and provided a wide variety of hardware components as well as software and related services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
The company was founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto by William "Bill" Redington Hewlett and David "Dave" Packard, and initially produced a line of electronic test equipment. HP was the world's leading PC manufacturer from 2007 to Q2 2013, after which Lenovo came to rank ahead of HP. It specialized in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage, and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services. Major product lines included personal computing devices, enterprise and industry standard servers, related storage devices, networking products, software and a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. HP marketed its products to households, small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises directly as well as via online distribution, consumer-electronics and office-supply retailers, software partners and major technology vendors. HP also had services and consulting business around its products and partner products.
Hewlett-Packard company events included the spin-off of its electronic and bio-analytical measurement instruments part of its business as Agilent Technologies in 1999, its merger with Compaq in 2002, and the acquisition of EDS in 2008, which led to combined revenues of $118.4 billion in 2008 and a Fortune 500 ranking of 9 in 2009. In November 2009, HP announced the acquisition of 3Com, with the deal closing on April 12, 2010. On April 28, 2010, HP announced the buyout of Palm, Inc. for $1.2 billion.On September 2, 2010, HP won its bidding war for 3PAR with a $33 a share offer ($2.07 billion), which Dell declined to match.
On October 6, 2014, Hewlett-Packard announced plans to split the PC and printers business from its enterprise products and services business. The split closed on November 1, 2015, and resulted in two publicly traded companies: HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
ProLiant is a brand of server computers that was originally developed and marketed by Compaq. After Compaq merged with Hewlett-Packard (HP), HP retired its former 'Netserver' brand in favor of the ProLiant brand. The brand is currently marketed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. HPE ProLiant systems led the x86 server market in terms of units and revenue during first quarter of 2010.
Modular Line (ML)
ML server models are tower-based. They aim towards maximum expandability.
Density Line (DL)
DL server models are rack-based. They aim towards a balance between density and computing power.
Scalable Line (SL)
SL server models are rack-based. These models are mostly used in data centers and environments, where a maximum of computing power is desired.
Blade Line (BL)
BL server models are enclosure-based. They are made specially for use in a blade enclosure and cannot be used without such. Blade systems aim towards maximum density and manageability at limited rack space.
ProLiant servers are separated into four main product lines - ML, DL, BL, and SL - which generally denote form factor. The ProLiant ML line comprises tower-based servers (convertible to rack mount) with capacity for internal expansion of disks and interconnects, while the DL line comprises general purpose rack mount servers. The BL line comprises blade servers which fit within the HP BladeSystem, and the SL line comprises dense rack mount servers for scale out environments. The MicroServer product line addresses small and home businesses.
ProLiant servers are also split into several series which denote processor configuration. The 100, 200, 300 and 400 series comprise single and dual socket capable systems, the 500 and 600 series comprise quad socket capable systems, and the 700 and 900 series comprises eight socket capable systems. The 900 series also includes eight sockets, supporting up to 80 CPU cores and up to 4 TB of RAM.
Models with a '0' in the last digit use Intel processors while models with a '5' in the last digit use AMD processors.
In February 2012, HP announced the ProLiant generation 8. In July 2013, HP announced a new blade server-based ProLiant, the HP Moonshot Server.
Starting August 28, 2014, HP started producing Gen9 series of servers based on Intel Haswell chipset and DDR4 memory. First were the HP ProLiant ML350 Gen9 Server and HP ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Blade.
The ProLiant forms part of the HP Converged Systems, which use a common Converged Infrastructure architecture for server, storage, and networking products. Designed to support 50 to 300 Virtual machines, the HP ConvergedSystem 300 is configured with ProLiant servers. A System administrator can manage ProLiant servers using HP OneView for converged infrastructure management.