HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Review: Highly Scalable with Strong Security

Released in the summer of 2017, the HPE ProLiant DL380 is one of the most popular servers in the world. After a year and a half on the shelves, the Gen 10 server range is becoming more prevalent in the refurbished market, with up to 20% off compared to RRP. Here is our review of the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server.

Pros: Quality iLO 5 management, smarter design, highly expandable, extensive customisable options, Xeon scalable CPUs, strong security.

Cons: Existing users of HPE's OneView must upgrade to v3.1, inside diagnostics has been removed.

Verdict: Adaptable for diverse workloads and environments, the secure 2U HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server delivers world-class performance with the right balance of expandability and scalability. Designed for supreme versatility and resilience while being backed by a comprehensive warranty makes the product ideal for multiple environments.

HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Specification (Product code: 826566-B21)

  • Chassis: 2U rack
  • CPU: 2 x 12-core 2.3GHz Intel Xeon Gold 5118
  • Memory: 64GB ECC DDR4 2,400MHz (max 3TB)
  • Drive bays: 8 x hot-plug SFF (max 30)
  • Storage: No HDDs included as standard
  • RAID: HPE Smart Array S100i and P408i-a SAS3/2GB with FBWC/BBU
  • Array support: RAID0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60, 1 ADM, 10 ADM
  • Expansion: 6 x PCI-e Gen3 slots (max 8)
  • Network: 4 x embedded Gigabit
  • Other: FlexibleLOM, internal USB 2 (2), microSD card slot
  • Power: 2 x 800W hot-plug PSUs
  • Management: HPE iLO5 Standard with Gigabit
  • Warranty: Three years new from the manufacturer or three years with Techbuyer refurbished model

HPE have clearly put effort into making the Gen10 server and its parts easier to buy. The CPUs are now split into Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze rather than the complicated number system we had to use with previous generations.

Intel Xon Scalable Processors

HPE has also cut down on the number of memory modules compatible with the server. The number of compatible memory modules has been slashed from 13 in the Gen9 to just seven for the Gen10. This has made it easier for IT teams to build a server suitable for their environment. You now also have the option to add up to 128GB memory DIMMs which gives you much more scalability.

Like its predecessors, the Gen10 has intelligent provision however, HPE have removed inside diagnostics which means you can no longer test offline. This is probably to force customers to buy specifically HPE care support. Apart from removing that key feature, the Gen10 is significantly faster than previous generations and you notice performance benefits almost immediately.

Integrated Lights Out (iLO 5) Offers Advanced Features

Upgrading from iLO4 from the previous generation to iLO5 for the Gen10 offers new and exciting advance features. The iLO 5 is much quicker and more responsive than iLO 4 with double the memory.

The iLO 5 web interface has had a major revamp making it even more informative and HPE has switched entirely to its agentless management service (AMS), negating the need to load any OS agents. Existing users of HPE's OneView must upgrade to v3.1 to support Gen10 hardware. Patience is required as this takes around two hours.

What the End Users Say

Discussions with customers have been extremely positive across the board. Joe Holliday who has worked in IT for 18 years said “The Gen10 is much more powerful than the Gen 8 servers that we were using before. More power means fewer servers for us to buy, and more money to spend on other initiatives, as well as more rack space. HP products are reliable as always!”

Brian Lee who has spent 17 years working in IT in the healthcare industry said, “I have a number of Gen 8 and 9s that are serving me well, and I can tell the Gen 10 will too. From removing it from the box to the end of setup, this server is nice to work with. It's built like a tank and I love how easy it is to expand various components. I really dig the ILO; relatively easy to set up, with a good set of features.”.


HPE's DL380 just keeps getting better with every generation and the latest Gen10 delivers new advanced features in abundance. Although existing users of HPE's OneView must upgrade to v3.1 to support Gen10 hardware, this highly expandable 2U rack server offers a wealth of storage choices and the new iLO 5 controller provides top-notch remote management and platform security. Enterprises and SMEs looking for a powerful and secure 2U rack server that can grow with them will find the ProLiant DL380 Gen10 an ideal partner.


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