It\u2019s been said that the industry dislikes too many choices, but HPE is offering more choices for server products with new ARM- and AMD Epyc-based servers. And in both cases, HPE is touting price-performance efficiency.\nThe company today announced new ProLiant DL385 Gen10 servers running AMD\u2019s Epyc processor, the server version of its Zen-based core that has shot the company back into serious competitiveness with Intel.\n\nHPE claims that with the Epyc chips, customers can have more virtual machines per server and the ability to process more data in parallel, thanks to the 32 cores with two threads per core in the Epyc processor. The result, it says, is up to 50 percent lower cost per virtual machine than \u201ctraditional\u201d servers.\nThe Epyc is also a performant chip, and HPE says its servers have broken two world records in SPEC 2017 scores, a benchmark used by all the server vendors where new records are set almost weekly. (Lenovo claimed a world record just two weeks ago.) Still, it remains a point of bragging rights. HPE's scores were for two-socket systems on the SPECrate2017_fp_base and SPECfp_rate2006 benchmarks.\nA two-socket system, that\u2019s 64 cores and 128 threads per server, with 4TB of memory and 128 lanes of PCIe connectivity, makes for some hefty performance capacity. And the Epyc processor has integrated hardware security for full virtual machine (VM) encryption to protect data against memory hacks and scrapes. VMs also have separate encryption keys, as does the hypervisor, isolating the VMs from one another and from the hypervisor itself.\nHPE Apollo servers running Cavium ARM processors\nJust a week prior, HPE announced new Apollo-based servers running ARM processors developed by Cavium, Qualcomm\u2019s chief competitor in the ARM server processor market and now being acquired by Marvell. This mark\u2019s HPE\u2019s first ARM-based servers, if you exclude the Project Moonshot servers that were targeted at data centers but never came to market.\nThe new Apollo 70 system uses Cavium\u2019s ThunderX2 server processor and is designed for memory-intensive HPC and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads. HPE sees the Apollo being used in areas such as financial trading, computer-aided design and engineering, video surveillance and text analytics. Operating systems for the Apollo are Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM, along with support for Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet fabrics.\nHPE introduces new Xeon-based servers, new tape backup unit\nHPE also introduced new Xeon-based servers and in what some would see as a surprise move, an update to its StoreEver LTO-8 Tape backup unit. Yes, tape is still alive and, in fact, making something of a comeback. Part of the reason is because of big data. These massive datasets require much larger backup capacity than regular hard disks, and tape can hold enormous quantities of data.\nBut there is a decidedly low-tech reason, as well. Unlike a hard disk, tape can\u2019t be hacked. The loading mechanism is unlike a traditional SAS or SATA interface and not crossable like a disk, and once you remove the tape from the reader and put it on the shelf, that\u2019s it. It\u2019s offline, and there is no breaking into it.\nHPE has been awfully aggressive in the server business lately, with its Rackspace private cloud announcement and new Superdome servers with SGI technology. The momentum may be against on-premises servers, but HPE isn\u2019t going to just roll over and take it.