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HP SmartCache for Proliant Gen8 Servers (evaluation license key)

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HP SmartCache is a controller-based read caching solution in a DAS environment that caches the most frequently accessed data (hot data) onto lower latency SSDs to dynamically accelerate application workloads. HP SmartCache is supported on HP ProLiant Gen8 servers with one of the following controllers: P420i, P420, P421, P822 and P721m. HP SmartCache is an included feature on the P822 and P721m/2G FBWC. With SmartCache get performance and efficiency gains utilizing your existing HP ProLiant Gen8 server technology

An evaluation license key enables the functionality on the Smart Array Controller for 60 days. This key enables features such as the following:

  • Enabled or disabled on a logical volume basis
  • A physical SSD can be carved into multiple logical cache volumes
  • Configuration support up to 32 SSD cache volumes
  • HP SmartCache currently provides write-through caching (write commands pass through HP SmartCache layer)

Key requirements

  • HP ProLiant Gen8 server and ProLiant SL4500 G7 AMD version
  • Embedded or PCIe card version of Px2x Series Smart Array Controller
  • 1 or 2 GB Flash Bach Write Cache FBWC module
  • HP SmartCache license is bundled with Smart Array Advance Pack 2.0 License
  • ProLiant Gen8 supported HDD(s) and SSD(s)
  • HP SmartCache is delivered as a firmware update to Gen8 Smart Array controllers plus an updated version of the Array Configuration Utility (ACU) to configure HP SmartCache

For additional information, please refer to the QuickSpecs for HP SmartCache or

Additional product information
Version: any
Software specification: HP SmartCache Evaluation License (5697-2465.pdf)
HP SmartCache Evaluation Customer Letter (5697-2557.pdf)