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HPE APOLLO 4500 GEN9 review

HPE APOLLO 4500 GEN9 review 31 January 2023

The HPE Apollo 4500 Series are the flexible, modular server systems optimized for AI, HPC, for a storage and for a big data.

With regards of high component density, the HPE Apollo 4500 provides high-efficiency IT infrastructure at the scale of standard racks, with sufficient performance and adaptability.

The specifications of HP Apollo 4500

The ability to install up 10 servers with one standard 42U rack, including 6.8 PB storage resources, ensures a high component density in HP Apollo 4500 systems. The using of Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 and E5-2600v4 processors in the servers supports 22 processor cores that creates for the systems the best processing power. Each server is capable to support 1024GB of DDR4 DIMMs and scalable with up 4 PCIe Gen3 slots and a FlexibleLOM slot.

These systems support (using HP Smart Array technology, integrating the advanced features to optimize system performance with Rapid Rebuild to reduce a downtime, Flash Cache Device (FBWC) to preserve the data and advanced the data mirroring with better protection) large SATA, SAS or SSD drives up to 10TB.

The HP Apollo 4500 also uses the iLO4 mechanism, freeing the infrastructure from a large number of cables, helping to simplify server monitoring significantly and to achieve a high fault tolerance of the entire system as a whole.

HP Apollo 4500 specifications are as follows:

  • Computing nodes – HP ProLiant XL450 Gen9 blade server;
  • Processors – up to 2 Intel Xeon E5-2600v3/v4 series processors;
  • RAM – 16 DIMM slots, maximum memory - up to 1024 GB (DDR4), 2133 MHz;
  • Networking – HP Ethernet 361i 1Gb/s 2-port adapter;
  • Boot options – 2x SFF/Direct from drive in HDD/SSD bay/2x M.2 2280 SSD/Network boot/USB boot;
  • System configurations – up to 16 DIMM slots, up to 2 processors, 1 Gb/s or 10 Gb/s Ethernet, FlexibleLOM;
  • controller – HPE Smart Array p840 / 4G combined with HPE Smart Storage Battery;
  • power supplies – up to 4 power supplies (redundant power supply 800W or 1400W, Common Slot, hot-swappable), up to 94% efficiency, AC and DC power.

The density of HPE Apollo 4500 Systems enables to unlock the full potential of a data with affordable cost. The HPE software tools make it easy to deploy, operate and optimize the data center resources, allowing adapt the increase in the amount of an information in Big Data quickly. The chassis front panel provides easy access to servers and drives. The power supplies, iLO port and HPE Advanced Power Manager connection port are located on the back of the chassis. Servers can be managed using various operating systems: Microsoft Windows Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and others.

Ease of a big data processing

The HP Apollo 4500 System is an optimal solution for the small and medium-sized rapidly growing businesses. Their focus on the specific tasks (work with the object data storage systems, with the intelligent analytics and with the deep archiving) and readiness for a immediate deployment make it possible to save the company's budget and a data center workspace.

The Hadoop-based mining and NoSQL-based analytics that the presented systems perform allow to extract valuable information from Big Data arrays in the most efficient way. The Apollo 4500 system is an excellent solution for a data storage and for a analytics tasks, increasing the capacity of its infrastructure with a minimum number of the components.

Apollo 4500 lineup

The HPE Apollo 4500 is available in the three models - Apollo 4510, 4520 and 4530. The Apollo 4510 handles the object storage workloads efficiently, the Apollo 4520 system supports the parallel file systems and the Apollo 4530 interfaces with Hadoop and with other Big Data applications.

Apollo 4500 Gen review

The photo shows the entire HPE Apollo 4500 Gen9 series.

The Apollo 4510 system consists of a single server with 68 3.5” drives. The total capacity of this system is up to 680TB. The doubling of component density in it system allows using the data center workspace more efficient and with lower total cost of ownership.

The using a converged infrastructure reduces power consumption for cooling and for power. The using fewer cables simplifies the system topology. Ease of using is achieved by the ability to hot-swap all critical hardware components. You can hot-swap fans, power supplies and the disk drives.

The Apollo 4520 system, used in clustered storage environments, provides internal failover cabling as well as highly compact component placement (23 LFF drives per server).

The HPE Apollo 4520 System offers increased operational reliability with the failover capabilities between the servers when they paired. Ease of operation and maintenance is achieved by the ability to hot-swap the critical components. In addition, the advantage of using a converged infrastructure is the use of a common cooling and ventilation system, as well as fewer patch cables.

The Apollo 4520 system features three servers per chassis to create three copies of data within a single system, as well as 45 top-mounted hot-swap 3.5” hard drives.

All of the listed models - Apollo 4510, 4520, 4530 - are optimized working with a large number of the internal drives.


If you are planning to create your own entry-level data center and want to purchase an equipment for working with a Big Data, please contact the specialists of our company. They will select and configure any model of HPE Apollo 4500 System for you.

  • 1U (rackmount)
  • up to 2 Xeon E5-2600v3/v4
  • up to 1536 GB (24 x DDR4)
  • 8SFF Bay 2.5" (Hot Swap)
  • 2 x PSU (Hot Plug)