Well folks, it looks like it’s the end of the road for the HP Proliant ML115 model of server. Available stock levels from HP are dwindling and the early rumours indicate that the HP Proliant ML115 model will not be superseded leaving only the ML110 model. I should point out that this hasn’t been officially confirmed by HP yet though I have from a very reliable source that unfortunately this is the case.
Apparently the reason for the ML115 line being dropped is that it globally hasn’t proven to be a popular model, at least as not as much as the Intel based ML110. I’m sure many of you that have bought HP Proliant ML115’s for your home or work lab, including myself, will be disappointed at this news as they have proven to be an ideal work-horse and provide exceptional value to money. The ML115 G5 (Quad Core) runs VMware vSphere including advanced features such as Fault Tolerance (FT) without any problems and when paired with some external storage (eg: OpenFiler or an NAS appliance such as the iomega ix4-200d) makes for an excellent virtualization lab solution.
Its Intel based twin the HP Proliant ML110 G6, although a nice entry level server, has never got near to offering the same value for money as the ML110 G5 or ML115 G6, putting it in the same price-bracket and similar feature set as competing products from Lenovo (TS200) or Dell (PowerEdge T110).
Luckily, at least here in the UK, there are still limited supplies from HP of the ML115 G5 (Quad Core). Check out the ‘Hot Deals’ section at the top of this page where I will include the cheapest pricing I can find of this great little lab server until it goes completely end of life.
Bon voyage ML115 !