IT & Network Infrastructure : Dell, HP, IBM Jump on Intel 'Nehalem' Bandwagon
Top-tier server OEMs Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM announce refreshes of their x86 server offerings based on Intel's Xeon 5500 series processors for two-socket systems. Code-named Nehalem EP and announced March 30, the new chips are the latest rollouts by Intel of its Nehalem processor microarchitecture, with such features as an integrated memory controller, the QuickPath chip-to-chip interconnect and Turbo Boost, which lets businesses dynamically increase the clock speed of individual cores. The features focus on boosting performance while keeping operating costs down. Dell, HP and IBM are using Nehalem as a base for enhancements to their hardware aimed at providing high-performance computing for businesses in economically difficult times. Smaller OEMs are also rolling out new and upgraded systems based on the quad-core Intel Xeon 5500 series. Analysts and customers alike applaud the features offered in Nehalem and in the OEMs' new servers, but analysts are split on how quickly businesses will adopt the new systems, given the state of the global economy.