HPE Gen10 Takes Rugged Servers to the Next Level

With an increase in security risks affecting companies big and small, the release of HPE Gen10 couldn’t have come at a more critical time. Cybersecurity has become paramount in order to maintain trust with customers and avoid timely and stressful setbacks. The release of Gen10 features the most secure industry standard servers with unmatched threat protection through hardware root of trust, extensive standards compliance, and supply chain attack detention.

The new HPE Gen10 servers will be ruggedized by Core Systems and feature a 71% boost in performance compared to its predecessor Gen9. Along with the boost in performance, the Gen10 update by HPE also delivers a 27% increase in core thanks to the new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. These processors are “workload-optimized” with advanced features designed into the silicon of the processor. The new Intel Xeon Scalable processors are available in four configurations, Platinum (up to 28 CPU cores), Gold (up to 22 CPU cores), Silver (up to 12 cores), or Bronze (up to 8 CPU cores).

Unveiled in June of 2017, Gen10 is considered a major upgrade to the award-winning ProLiant line. HPE sees this as a game-changer for all types of businesses and will improve their already powerful server line.

HPE GEN10 Features

  • Higher performance with persistent memore and greater NVMe capability
  • Increased flexible storage options to support various workloads
  • PCIe expansion with HPE FlexibleLOM and various HPE Smart Array options
  • Leading energy efficient dense server for better ROI

“What’s possibly the most crucial components of the Gen10 portfolio are the enhancements to security—an advanced Secure Compute Lifecycle that includes firmware security, malware detection, and firmware recovery. If the iLO discovers that the firmware has been altered in any way, it enters a recovery mode whereby it can restore the firmware to a previously authenticated state, or to the version in which it left the factor.” – Krista Satterthwaite (HPE Director of Marketing)

Compared to Gen9, Gen10 has seen a ton of improvements in several areas. HPE has made advancements in storage, management, networking, security, power/cooling, and memory. Below are some of those differences between Gen9 and Gen10…


HPE Gen10 Server Rugged Front


HPE Gen9

  • 12Gb/s Smart Array Controllers
  • 12Gb/s SAS Expander Card
  • 12Gb/s Smart HBA
  • 12Gb/s SAS HDD/SSD
  • PCIe Workload Accelerators
  • HP SmartCache with SSD
  • HP StoreVirtual VSA
  • HP Smart Storage Battery
  • M.2 Enablement Kits
  • Redundant SD Card
  • PCIe NVMe Workload Accelerators

HPE Gen10

  • Digitally Signed Firmware
  • HPE Scalable Persistent Memory


HPE Gen9

  • HP OneView
  • UEFI BIOS (default)
  • HP SUM 7.1.0
  • HP iLO 4 v2.00
  • HP RESTful Interface Tool
  • HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) 2014.09.00
  • Intelligent Provisioning v2.0
  • HP Insight Online
  • Non-disruptive firmware updates on SAS HDDs and SSDs

HPE Gen10

  • HPE OneView 3.1
  • Secure Start powered by Silicon Root of Trust
  • Support for Scalable Persistent Memory
  • Intelligent Provisioning available at all times from iLO
  • HPE iLO 5.0

HPE Gen10 Server Rugged Back


HPE Gen9

  • 20Gb FlexFabric adapters on BL servers
  • Tunnel Offload
  • RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)
  • 1Gb/10Gb Ethernet
  • FDR & QDR InfiniBand
  • Embedded 1GbE FlexibleLOM on DL servers
  • UEFI Secure Boot

HPE Gen10

  • 25/50Gb FlexFabric adapters on Synergy servers
  • Tunnel Offload (NVGRE and VXLAN)
  • RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE v2 for WS2016)
  • 10Gb/25Gb Ethernet
  • 100Gb InfiniBand
  • Embedded 10GBASE-T FlexibleLOM Enhanced Security features for Authenticated FW updates through Root of Trust/Chain of Trust


HPE Gen9

  • UEFI Secure Boot
  • Serviceguard for Linux
  • HP Secure Encryption
  • Common Criteria & FIPS 140-2 Level1
  • UEFI Secure Boot & Made in USA
  • TPM 1.2 and 2.0
  • NIST 800-147b BIOS
  • PCI-DSS Compliance
  • Secure Protocols
  • Verified Boot
  • Trusted eXecution Technology
  • SIEM Tool Support
  • Audit Logs
  • Measured Boot

HPE Gen10

  • Hardware Root of Trust
  • Two Factor Authentication CAC
  • CNSA Suite (former NSA Suite B)
  • Prevent Firmware Attacks from OS
  • Secure Erase of NAND Data
  • Detecting Compromised Firmware
  • Firmware Runtime Validation
  • Chassis Intrusion Detection on Most Servers
  • HPE Rack Cabinet Door Detector
  • Secure Auto Recovery
  • Recover Operating Systems (Automatically reinstalled)
  • Data Collection for Forensics Evaluation
  • HPE Pointnext custom recovery services

Power and Cooling

HPE Gen9

  • Flexible Slot Power Supplies
  • ASHRAE A3/A4 support
  • HP Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS)
  • Location Discovery Services
  • HP Rack Mount PDUs
  • Power Discovery Services
  • HP FlexSlot 750W Battery Backup

HPE Gen10

  • New 800W Flex Slot power supply with new 400W Lithium Ion battery backup for Persistent Memory
  • New 1800W – 2200W Flex Slot power supply


HPE Gen9

  • HP SmartMemory Gen9 DDR4-2400
  • HPE Advanced Error Detection

HPE Gen10

  • HPE SmartMemory Gen10 DDR4-2666
  • Fast Fault Tollerance


HPE Gen10 has made the wait worth it as the tech community has been overwhelmingly positive about the release. The upgrade is currently out on several servers and will see new releases as the year progresses. For more information on HPE and Gen10, view their server family here or browse our rugged versions of the HPE Proliant series which will feature HPE Gen10.