HPE ProLiant XL230a Server Delivers 2P Performance And Rack-Scale Efficiency Leave a comment

Up to ten ProLiant XL230A blades, or server trays, fit vertically in the 5U Apollo 6000 chassis. The XL230A blade comes with either hot plug or non-hot plug hard drives. Power, cooling, networking, and management are handled at the chassis level to reduce cost of ownership. The Apollo 6000 chassis has ten I/O modules that support network connections speeds of 1GbE and 10 GbE for increased throughput.




Small review of HPE ProLiant XL230a Server

I/O modules hosted in the chassis are specific to each server tray and install in the rear of the Apollo enclosure. The Apollo 6000 chassis supports ten server trays in front and ten I/O modules in back with each server tray targeted at a specific I/O module. The XL230A supports the following I/O module riser options:

  • Dual FlexibleLOM – supports two Flexible LOM options
  • PCIe/FlexibleLOM – supports one low profile PCIe board and one FlexibleLOM
  • HPE Ethernet dual 1Gb 1-port i364 adapter

Network connection speeds include 1GbE, 10GbE, InfiniBand options, and FlexibleLOM. Graphics are provided by an integrated Matrox G200, which is standard equipment and also supports HPE iLO 4 On System Management Memory.

Embedded management is provided by iLO 4.0 and a host of other management options from HPE’s Gen9 server line.

Advantage of HPE ProLiant XL230a Server

There are 16 memory slots total, with each processor supporting eight memory modules. In a two processor configuration, with all memory slots loaded with 128GB modules, the system will support a maximum of 2TB of memory. Only DDR4 registered (RDIMM) or load-reduced (LRDIMM) memory modules are supported, DDR3 memory modules are not compatible with the XL230A Gen9.

There is room to house four small form factor SAS or SATA SSDs or HDDs. Maximum internal storage is listed at 15.36TB using SFF SAS HDDs. Storage controllers start with the integrated B140i controller but there are quite a few more options to choose from supporting local storage plus direct attached storage (DAS) and network attached storage (NAS) options. The H240 controller is required if you plan on installing SAS drives. Additional HD/RAID controllers can only be mounted using the Apollo 6000 PCIe/FlexibleLOM Riser kit. Also supported is an internal Micro SD slot.


The ProLiant XL230A features Intel’s C610 chipset and supports a total of two processors. Administrators can choose from either Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 v3 or E5-2600 v4 product lines, which have up to 22 cores and 44 virtual threads. Depending on your choice of processor, memory, and configuration, the memory will run at 1600Mhz, 1866MHz, 2133MHz, or a maximum of 2400MHz. Most compatible processors support Intel Turbo Boost Technology.


The XL230A is a great general purpose blade server that can excel in a number of different applications.

Technical Specification


PROCESSOR – 2 SOCKETSIntel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 and E5-2600 v4 product families

Core Options:

·         4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22


CHIPSETIntel C610 Series Chipset




MEMORY PROTECTION·         Advanced ECC (multi-bit error protection)

·         Memory Online Spare Mode (Rank Spare Mode)



·         HPE SmartMemory DDR4 Load Reduced (LRDIMM), or Registered (RDIMM)

DIMM Slots Available:

·         16 DIMM Slots Available

Maximum DIMMs (per server tray):

·         2048GB (16 x 128GB)

NOTE: Depending on the memory configuration and processor model, the memory speed may run at 2400Mhz, 2133MHz or 1866MHz


NETWORK CONTROLLERNetwork Module Options:

·         HPE Apollo 6000 Dual FlexibleLOM Riser

·         HPE Apollo 6000 PCIe/FlexibleLOM Riser FIO Kit

·         HPE Apollo 6000 Dual 1GbE 364i FIO Kit

Ethernet Options:

·         HPE 1Gb Ethernet 4P 331FLR Adptr

·         HPE Ethernet 1Gb 4-port 366FLR Adapter

·         HPE FlexFabric 10Gb 2P 533FLR-T Adptr

·         HPE FlexFabric 10Gb 2P 534FLR-SFP+ Adptr

·         HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2P 546FLR-SFP+ Adptr

·         HPE FlexFabric 10Gb 2P 556FLR-SFP+ Adptr

·         HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2P 560FLR-SFP+ Adptr

·         HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2P 561FLR-T Adptr

·         HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 562FLR-SFP+Adpt

·         HPE Ethernet 10G 2-port 546SFP+ Adptr

·         HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 562SFP+ Adptr

·         HPE Ethernet 10/25Gb 2P 640FLR-SFP28 Adapter

·         HPE Ethernet 10/25Gb 2P 640SFP28 Adapter

InfiniBand Options:

·         HPE IB FDR/EN 40Gb 2P 544+FLR-QSFP Adptr

·         HPE IB QDR/EN 10Gb 2P 544+FLR-QSFP Adptr

·         HPE IB FDR 2P 545FLR-QSFP Adptr

·         HPE IB EDR/EN 100Gb 1P 840QSFP28 Adptr

·         HPE IB EDR/EN 100Gb 2P 840QSFP28 Adptr

·         QLogic 4X QDR IB PCI-e G2 HCA

Intel Networking Options:

·         HPE 100Gb 1P OP101 QSFP28 x16 OPA Adptr

·         HPE 100Gb 1P OP101 QSFP28 x8 OPA Adptr


STORAGE CONTROLLERSmart Array Controller:

·         HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i Controller

·         HPE Smart Array P440 Controller

Host Bus Adapter:

·         HPE H240 Smart HBA

·         HPE H241 Smart HBA

Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter:

·         HPE SN1100E 16Gb 1P FC HBA

·         HPE SN1100E 16Gb 2P FC HBA

Storage Controller Cable Kits (for 12G server tray):

·         HPE XL230a Mini-SAS B140i 12G FIO Cable

·         HPE XL230a Mini-SAS H240 12G Cable

·         HPE XL230a Mini-SAS P440 12G Cable

Other Storage Controller Options:

·         HPE P440 Smart Storage Battery (12W)




Hot Plug SFF SAS HDD15.36TB4 x 3.84TB
Hot Plug SFF SSD15.36TB4 x 3.84TB

·         Serial USB Video Port (SUV)


·         1 (internal)

USB Ports:

·         2 (external via SUV)

HPE iLO Remote Management Network Port:

·         Aggregated via HPE Apollo a6000 Chassis

Health LED:

·         1


·         1


·         1



·         PCIe 3.0 Compliant

·         WOL Support

·         Microsoft® Logo certifications

·         PXE Support

·         USB 1.1 and 2.0 Compliant

·         SMBIOS 2.6.1



·         Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

·         SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)

·         Canonical Ubuntu

·         VMware

·         CentOS

·         Fedora


GRAPHICSIntegrated Matrox G200 video standard
HPE iLO 4 On System Management Memory
FORM FACTORThe ProLiant XL230a Gen9 Server is a single-slot tray for the HPE Apollo a6000 Chassis.


EMBEDDED MANAGEMENT·         HPE Integrated Lights Out

·         UEFI

·         HPE RESTful API

·         Intelligent Provisioning


SERVER UTILITIES·         HPE Smart Update

·         HPE Systems Insight Manager (HPE SIM)

·         Scripting Tool Kit and Windows PowerShell

·         HPE RESTful Interface Tool

·         HPE iLO Mobile Application

·         HPE Insight Online


SECURITY·         Power-on password

·         Keyboard password

·         Serial interface control

·         Administrator’s password

·         iLO 4 (Integrated Lights-Out 4) has 12 customizable user accounts and SSL encryption

·         iLO 4 can be disabled via a Global Setting

·         iLO Advanced supports directory services integration

·         TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 1.2 option

·         QuickLock, Network Server Mode




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