HP BL680c G7
HP ProLiant BL680c G7 Server Blade
Data sheet
The HP ProLiant BL680c G7 Server Blade is a world-leading
blade that supports up to two terabytes of memory to
provide your data centre with superior performance and
unparalleled expansion in a 4P x86 server blade.
This extremely powerful virtualisation and database
engine delivers an excellent balance of performance,
memory, storage and I/O bandwidth. Moreover,
it makes traditional multi-processor rack-to-blade
transition a reality.
Fully utilising the architecture of the Intel® Xeon®
7500 chipset, the two models of BL680c G7 are
now available – one customised for the Intel Xeon
processor E7-4800 product family (E7-4800 series)
and the other for the Intel Xeon 7500 series. The
servers support up to four top-performing 130W
processors and 64 DIMM slots for up to 2.0 TB
(BL680c G7 E7-4800 models) and 1.0 TB (BL680c
G7 7500 models). The BL680c G7 also comes with
four hot-plug drive bays plus six 10 Gb FlexFabric
ports combined with the seven mezzanine slots to
yield an outstanding 192 Gb of I/O bandwidth.
All these features work together to create a
balanced server, making the BL680c G7 ideal
for compute-intensive database applications, large
consolidation projects, other demanding workloads
and 4P rack-to-blade transition.
By designing a balanced architecture, the BL680c G7
is a unique 4P blade service that makes sure that
all subsystems are used effectively. Traditional
multi-processor server blades are typically
unbalanced, providing processor performance and
density at the expense of proportional memory
capacity and I/O bandwidth. As such, these
unbalanced servers fail when faced with larger
databases, higher-density virtualisation applications
and general compute-intensive workloads.
Today, you have a better alternative. Unlike other
traditional multi-processor server blades, the BL680c
G7 provides processor performance without
compromising on proportional memory capacity and
I/O bandwidth. Creating one of the most robust
virtualisation and database systems, the BL680c G7
is capable of handling x86 applications that require
superior performance and scalability.
Features and benefits
Industry-leading multi-processor scalability:
The BL680c G7 supports up to 2.0 TB of memory,
making it the ideal virtualisation machine for
large consolidation projects and a variety of
memory-intensive, demanding workloads.
•Up to four Intel Xeon E7-4800 or 7500 series
processors, each up to 130 watts to deliver
significant computing power
•60 Gb of embedded FlexFabric ports and seven
I/O expansion slots that bring the total maximum
I/O bandwidth to an outstanding 192 Gb
•Four hot-plug SAS/SATA/SSD bays supporting up
to 4.0 TB of internal storage
•High-performance Smart Array P410i 6 Gb
controller for hardware RAID 0 and 1 standard and
optional flash-backed write cache (FBWC) options
to 1 GB with RAID 1+0, 5 and 6 capability
•Six embedded NC553i FlexFabric 10 Gb
Converged Network Adapter ports that
deliver extensive bandwidth for network
intensive applications
•Integrated FCoE and hardware-based iSCSI
with iSCSI boot simplify management and lower
infrastructure costs by converging LAN and SAN
traffic over the same flexible connection
•Up to 24 embedded connections to network and
storage that reduce and even remove the need
for add-in I/O mezzanine cards by utilising
Virtual Connect
Multi-processor server rack-to-blade transition
capability: The BL680c G7 Server Blade offers
performance, memory and I/O slot expandability
equal to or greater than a typical 4P x86 rack
server. This makes it possible for you to comfortably
transition from a multi-processor rack server to a
blade server.
•Reduce rack space up to 58 per cent by
consolidating four standard 4P rack servers and
eight high-performance LAN/SAN edge switches
(that can occupy up to 24U) into a single 10U
c7000 enclosure
•Simplify system design and lower cost radically
through reduced cabling – do away with often an
extensive number of server-to-edge switch cables
and decrease power cables to no more than six
•Consolidate individual sever management cables
into just one (or two for redundancy) by using the
HP BladeSystem enclosure Onboard Administrator
(OA) with integrated KVM, further simplifying
system design
Fully balanced and enhanced server architecture:
Typical server blades are often unbalanced,
providing processor performance and density at
the expense of proportional memory capacity, I/O
bandwidth and storage. Presenting the perfect
remedy for this problem, the BL680c G7 comes with
a fully enhanced Intel Xeon four-socket architecture
for balanced memory, performance, I/O bandwidth
and storage.
•Each processor socket includes two memory
controllers. Each controller connects to two Intel
Scalable Memory Buffers (SMBs) for a total of four
SMBs per processor socket.
•Each of the four SMBs has in turn two DDR3
channels that support four DIMMs each for a total
of 16 DIMMs per processor (64 DIMMs or up to
2.0 TB memory total per BL680c G7 server using
32 GB DDR-3 RDIMMs).
•Each socket supports 130 watts, allowing up to
four of the top-performing E7-4800 or 7500
series processors.
Hassle-free infrastructure management: We
provide management solutions that are designed to
simplify your server’s installation, configuration and
maintenance throughout the entire server life cycle to
give you higher levels of operational efficiency and
highly reliable systems.
•Enable intelligent and flexible firmware and
software deployment through the included
HP Insight Foundation Suite that combines HP
SmartStart, HP Systems Insight Manager and
Insight Remote Support Standard
•Save time and conserve valuable IT resources by
simplifying remote management with the integrated
HP Integrated Lights-Out 3 (iLO 3)
•Deploy servers quickly, proactively manage
virtual or physical server health and efficiently
regulate power consumption with the optional
HP Insight Control
•Provision rapidly, constantly analyse and
confidently enhance your converged server
infrastructure with the optional HP Insight Dynamics
•Instal integrated virtualisation and HP value-add
software easily through the included USB 2.0
and Micro Secure Digital High Capacity
(MicroSDHC) ports
HP Services
HP Technology Services has a robust range of packaged life cycle
support solutions that enable you to optimise ProLiant support for
better business outcomes.
Optimised Care: Delivers optimum performance and continuous
availability of crucial ProLiant systems through deployments and
proactive management practices.
•HP Installation and Startup for HP BladeSystem c-Class
Infrastructure plus HP Enhanced Network
•3-Year HP Critical Advantage
Standard Care: Maintains high level of server availability along
with expert help to cut the cost and complexity of implementing
and supporting ProLiant server.
•HP Installation and Startup for HP BladeSystem c-Class
Infrastructure plus HP Enhanced Network
•3-Year HP 6 hour Call-to-Repair Hardware Support
•3-Year HP 24x7 Software Support for Insight Control
Basic Care: Delivers minimum recommended support service level
with expert advice, implementation and support.
• HP Installation and Startup for HP BladeSystem c-Class
•3-Year HP 24x7 4 hour Response, Hardware Support
•3-Year HP 24x7 Software Support for Insight Control
All come with Insight Remote Support, available at no additional
cost, delivering remote monitoring, diagnosis and problem
Only HP brings together deep expertise, proactive and business
critical support and a strong partner network.
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Technical specifications
HP ProLiant BL680c G7 Server Blade
Number of processors
•Two, three or four up to 130 watts each
Maximum number of cores
•Up to ten per processor
Processors supported
•Intel Xeon E7-4800 and 7500 Series
Low-wattage processors
•Intel Xeon E7-8867L and L7555
•Up to 30 MB L3 per processor
Memory type
•DDR3 Registered DIMM (RDIMM)
Memory slots
•64 DDR3 RDIMM slots
Low voltage DIMM support
•8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB (BL680c G7 Intel Xeon E7-4800 series models)
Standard memory
•16 GB (4 x 4 GB DIMMs) (BL680c G7 Intel Xeon E7-4800 series pre-configured models)
•64 GB (8 x 8 GB DIMMs) (BL680c G7 Intel Xeon 7500 series pre-configured models)
Maximum memory
•2.0 TB (64 x 32 GB DIMMs) (BL680c G7 Intel Xeon E7-4800 series models)
•1.0 TB (64 x 16 GB DIMMs) (BL680c G7 Intel Xeon 7500 series models)
Advanced memory protection
•HP Memory Quarantine (i.e. Intel MCA Recovery)*
•Double Device Data Correction (DDDC)* (BL680c G7 Intel Xeon E7-4800 series pre-configured models)
•Advanced ECC/Chip Spare/SDDC
•Intel SMI Clock Fail Over
•Intel SMI Packet Retry
•Demand Scrubbing
•Intra-socket Memory Mirroring
•Memory Failover
•Rank Sparring (Online Spare)
•Failed DIMM Isolation
•Data Bus ECC protection
•DIMM Address/Control Bus Parity Protection
Networking and I/O
Integrated network adapter
•Six HP embedded 10 Gb NC553i FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter ports
I/O expansion slots
•Seven PCIe Gen2
Standard/maximum I/O bandwidth •60 Gb/192 Gb
Networking options
•Multiple, redundant port 10 Gb FlexFabric, 10GbE Flex-10, 10 Gb and 1 Gb Ethernet and QDR (40 Gb) InfiniBand
Storage type
•Hot-plug SFF SAS
•Hot-plug SFF SATA
•Hot-plug SFF SSD
Maximum internal storage
•Four hot-plug SAS/SATA/SSD bays supporting up to 4.0 TB
Integrated storage controller
•6 Gb Smart Array P410i Controller with RAID 0 and 1; optional FBWC options to 1 GB with RAID 1+0, 5 and 6
Storage options
•4 Gb and 8 Gb FC mezzanine adapters (Brocade, Emulex and QLogic options)
•StorageWorks Controller mezzanines options with battery-backed write cache (BBWC) or FBWC to 1 GB for connection to external
directed attached or shared storage
•I/O accelerator cards for high performance I/O
•Compatible with HP StorageWorks MSA, EVA, XPHP and select third-party SANs
Flash media
•Internal USB 2.0 port
•Internal MicroSDHC slot
Form factor
•Full height, double-wide server blade
•Four server blades per c7000 10U enclosure
•Two server blades per c3000 6U enclosure
System management
•iLO 3
•HP Insight Foundation
•BladeSystem enclosure OA with KVM (optional redundant OA)
•HP Insight Control (optional)
•HP Insight Dynamics for ProLiant (optional)
Power and fans
•True N+N redundant hot-plug, high-efficiency, enclosure-based power supplies
•Redundant hot-plug HP Active Cool fans
•HP Thermal Logic Technology/Sea of Sensors
•HP Dynamic Power Saver Mode
•HP Power Regulator
•Parallel redundant scalable enclosure cooling (PARSEC) design
•Power workload balancing
•Enclosure-based HP Dynamic Power Capping
•Enclosure-based common power supply form factor
•Lower power Intel Model 7510 SMB (BL680c G7 E7-4800 series models)
•Intel Intelligent Power Technology Lower Partial Active and Lower Idle Power (BL680c G7 E7-4800 series models)
•Low voltage DDR3 RDIMMs (LV DIMM) (BL680c G7 E7-4800 series models)
•Nearly 40 system-wide reliability, availability and serviceability features
•Intel Trusted Execution Environment (TXT)* (BL680c G7 Intel Xeon E7-4800 series pre-configured models)
•Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 option
•Intel AES-NI (BL680c G7 E7-4800 series models)
•Power-on password
•Administrator password
•iLO 3 with 12 customisable user accounts, SSL encryption SSH v2, AES and Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) on browser, CLP and
XML scripting interface, AES and RC4 encryption of video and global disable setting
•Keyboard password
•External USB port enable/disable
•Network server mode
•Serial interface control
•OA accounts with defined user privilege levels
•OA Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) authentication for user accounts
•Three-year parts/three-year labour/three-year onsite
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*This is a “ready” feature meaning the hardware is capable of supporting the feature with only a future planned software upgrade.
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Customer technical training
We offer a variety of training courses on storage
software, networking, archiving and disk storage
systems. Our classes are available in many delivery
modalities – from traditional instructor-led courses
at one of our 80 training centres worldwide to
online and/or onsite training.
Manage the most demanding workloads
confidently with the BL680c G7 Server Blade.
To learn how the BL680c G7 offers a unique
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