How to Choose an HPE Server for Small & Mid-Sized Business?

When a company starts to grow, the first thing it does is to set up an infrastructure to cater to its growth plan. Apart from non-tech; collaboration, sharing and accessibility are the key factors of the substructure that can only be assimilated by deploying a capable server.


HP is capable of providing a powerful management platform for rapid delivery of applications in an organization through its line of Proliant and BladeSystem Servers. It is considered one of the leading server manufacturers.

A report by HP says, its servers help you lower your data center costs by 68 percent by reducing downtime and maximizing performance.

Steps to Build HP Server for Small & Medium Size Business

Types of HPE Servers:

HP Servers are fast, easy to assemble and easily customizable and small companies just starting on their voyage can make use of them without needing a dedicated system admin.

Here is a list of the most widely used HP Server Series:

The HP Proliant Server Series:

HP Small Business Proliant Servers are available in both the rack and the tower configurations. The servers have a standard memory capacity of 256GB max. But that’s not all; though they come with an Intel Xeon E5 family processor, you can get your own custom processor if you like. The servers support both SSDs and HDDs so you can choose the one that suits you.

The HP Proliant include ML and DL Server Series

Tower Series:

The Proliant Series for towers is extended into ML Gen9 Servers for scalable ventures, Micro Servers for small to mid-sized stable companies, and easy connect for companies having a small budget.

Benefits of using HP Tower Servers:

  • These don’t take more space
  • Are highly scalable – more servers can be added to a network
  • Provide easy cooling facility

Disadvantages of Tower Servers:

  • Cable management is hectic
  • Limited upgrading options in a single case

Towers are easier to maintain and can easily be assembled by beginners. Users choose tower servers for most standalone scenarios, because of their easy upgradability. However, in a data center, these can be cumbersome to handle due to loads of external power cables.

HP ProLiant ML110 Gen9 Server

The HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen9 is a tiny tower Server PC that provides performance, expansion, and growth at an affordable price. It caters to the growing computing demands of small and medium businesses.

HP Proliant Tower Server

HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen9 Specifications:

Standard Memory  8GB (Removable)
Maximum Memory 256GB RDIMMs
Expansion 8 Sockets
CPU Intel Xeon E5-2603 v4 6-Core 1.7GHz
No of Processors 01
Chipset Intel C610 Series
Bus Architecture PCI Express; SSD SATA 2.5-inch 9.5mm; SSD SATA 3.5-inch; USB 2.0/3.x
MFR System P/N  838502-001

Rack Server Series:

Rack server series of HP includes Proliant DL Gen 9 Family for data center efficiency and easy handling of workload, Apollo Rack Servers for high-end tasks and big data management, and Integrity Rack Servers for balance and efficiency.

Benefits of HP Rack Servers:

  • Upgrading is straightforward
  • Cable management is painless
  • More space for additional equipment

Disadvantages of HP Rack Servers:

  • Heat generation is colossal

Rack Servers are the most used servers in data centers. They are cost-effective and easy to maintain. The only problem with these is the heat generation issue that can stall or impact the processing. Therefore, data centers using rack servers are always placed on automated cooling stations.

HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9

The HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 is an Enterprise Class Server designed to solve high-end business and IT problems.

HP ProLiant DL120 Gen9 Server

HPE ProLiant DL120 Gen9 Specifications:

Standard Memory 8GB (Removable)
Maximum Memory 256GB LRDIMMs, 256GB Reg ECC RDIMMs
Expansion 8 Sockets
CPU Intel Xeon E5-2603v3 6-Core 1.6GHz
No of Processors 01
Chipset Intel C610 Series
Bus Architecture PCI Express; SSD SATA 2.5-inch 9.5mm; SSD SATA 3.5-inch; USB
MFR System P/N 777424-B21

HP Blade Server Series:

HP Blade System is an automated data center solution for tackling high-end workloads at the lowest cost. The HP Blade Server Series works on modules allowing the system admins to scale them with ease whenever the need arises.

Benefits of HP Blade Servers:

  • More space for additional equipment
  • Upgrading is less cumbersome
  • Improved cooling of equipment
  • Permits shareable components

Blade Servers is a combination of Tower and Rack servers. It provides better cooling, has almost negligible impact on environment, easy to upgrade and maintain in a network.

HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Server Blade

HP ProLiant BL460c V4 Gen9 Blade Server (813194-B21)

Standard Memory 8GB (Removable)
Maximum Memory 2TB ECC LRDIMMs Using 128GB Module, 512GB ECC Registered DIMMs
Expansion 8 Sockets per CPU, 16 Sockets with two CPUs
CPU Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4 10-Core 2.4GHz
No of Processors 01
Chipset Intel C610 Series
Bus Architecture SSD SATA 2.5-inch 9.5mm
MFR System P/N 813194-B21

Decide Upon a Budget:

The HP Servers Price range starts from $500 to $5000 but it depends upon the requirements of the organization. For a simple organization having less than 10 employees, a normal PC with storage will do the job. But for organizations handling more work, the aforementioned HP Servers Series are the best.

Also you can search HP spare parts and components or memory upgrades through Memory4Less Configurator.


Choose OS, PSU & Storage

HP Servers are best known for their scalability and data management. When buying a server, you will need to ascertain the capacity in terms of memory, storage, processing power and other similar properties.


Normally people prefer Linux or other open source distribution because it supports scalable operations and incurs fewer restrictions for the system-admins. However, organizations working on Microsoft Products usually prefer Windows Server Suite. Similarly, Mac OS X Server is also available especially for companies engaged in development work related to Apple Products.

PSU (Power Supply Unit):

Towers and Racks have their own Power Supply Units (PSUs) but modules in Blade Servers share the power-supply. A high-efficiency hot swap power supply for HP ranges from 350 watts to 750 watts and is available within $100.


A majority of the SMBs concerned with archiving and storage prefer hard drives for their storage needs. However, companies relying solely on their infrastructure for hosting internet applications (web, mobile and VR) prefer Solid State Drives (SSDs) for storage.

A Few Suggestions:

Choosing a Server is an expensive task and choosing HP Parts for Server is evenly hard. If you are planning to buy one for long-term use, you should know in advance if it will work for you. If you need help with your selection, visit our Configure-to-Order (CTO) system builder to browse compatible HP spare parts.

How & Where to Buy an HP Server for Small Business?

Buying an HP Server requires technical assistance. We at have a professional data center assistance team to help you with your HP Server choices. Whether you want to buy a tower or a blade server, consultation with professionals will help you make an aware decision and save more money.

Our system configurator lets you choose compatible HP configure-to-order server components easily. Visit us today to build or upgrade your system.

One comment

  • Naomi Patterson

    Very informative post. Here I like to add that HP is the leader in building servers for a variety of companies including small and mid size business. It is very important for companies to upgrade their servers and become more productive.


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