HP N54L Microserver now listed on HP website

I am a big fan of HP’s Microserver range. They make for excellent home lab hardware, and I currently have 2 x N40L models running a small vSphere 5.1 cluster for testing, blogging and study purposes.

 

It looks like HP have now officially listed their new Microserver range on their website – the N54L. The most notable change seems to be a much beefier CPU. The original N36Ls had a 1.3GHz AMD processor, with a slight improvement to 1.5GHz on the N40Ls. The CPU has always been the weak point for me, but has been enough for me to get by on. So the N54L models are now apparently packing 2.2GHz AMD Athlon NEO processors. This is a fairly big clock speed improvement over the N40L range and should make for some good improvements for those using these as bare metal hypervisor use.

The two models being listed at the moment are:

  • HP ProLiant G7 N54L 1P 2GB-U Non-hot Plug SATA 250GB 150W PS MicroServer
  • HP ProLiant G7 N54L 1P 4GB-U 150W PS MicroServer

6 Comments

  1. Hi Sean,
    Another option for a home lab is to buy a really beefy workstation and run everything inside VMware workstation 9. I’m currently running my labs inside a 64 GB RAM machine with gigabytes of SSD, and it’s great, takes no time at all to spin up a virtual VMware vSphere, XenServer, or Hyper-V environment; and can run nested machines in most cases too! Check out:
    http://cosonok.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-home-lab-workstation-64gb-ram-125tb.html
    Cheers,
    VCosonok

  2. Hi Coso,

    Yes, indeed that is a great option. In fact I am using a beefy workstation myself as a secondary lab! Not as uber as your 64 GB machine, but it does the job. I do like having physical kit too, as it makes setting up of VLANs and the networking side a bit easier in my case. Love your lab build though, that is a monstrous collection of SSD 🙂

    Sean

  3. Just got mine last week 🙂 My cluster now has one 54 and one 40 both having 16G of ram, HP P212 RAID, Four OCZ 128GB /6Gbs SSD drives and a few TB of 3.5 7200 drives. Running Exchange 2013, Sharepoint 2013, Lync 2013 all fully operational with external (internet) access 🙂

  4. @Anders
    Hi, you mention you have an N54L and a N40L Proliant Microserver, with each 16GB inside? How does that work considering HP says it only supports 2x4GB memory modules? What memory did you put in? Thanks

  5. Hi Sjoerd,

    I only have the N40L models, and yes, they do actually work with 16GB, despite HP claiming they only support 8GB. There are sites out there that detail which specific modules work in the Microservers, so just google for “N40L 16GB RAM compatibility list” and I’m sure you’ll find them! I personally went for some Kingston modules myself.

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