IT Infrastructure: Dell, HP, IBM Others Embrace Intel's New Xeon Server Chips
Intel on May 14 unveiled the latest of its Xeon server processors, including the E3-1200 v2 lineup, the first server chips based on the vendor's Ivy Bridge 22-nanometer design, which offers Intel's 3D Tri-Gate transistor architecture. The low-power chipswith power envelopes as low as 17 wattsare aimed at single-socket systems and microservers, a small but growing market that looks to become a key area of competition between Intel and ARM Holdings. Intel also unveiled the E5-4600 and E5-2400 chip families, both with a focus on high performance and high power efficiency. Intel officials say that businesses can add more processors to their infrastructuresby migrating from two-socket systems to four-socket servers running E5-4600 chips, or from one- to two-socket servers with the E5-2400while lowering their capital, operating, power and cooling costs. Server OEMs, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, introduced new and upgraded systems running on the new Intel Xeons. Dell got a jump on things earlier in the month, when it rolled out its PowerEdge C5220 microserver running on the E3-1200 v2 chips. Here, eWEEK takes a look at some of these new Xeon-based systems.
Intel Xeon E5-2400
The giant chip maker unveiled nine chips for the E5-2400 lineup, which is designed for two-socket servers and aimed at small businesses looking for big computing power. The chipswith three times the performance and more memory and I/O than comparable offeringsfeature a balance of performance and energy efficiency, and give businesses a path for moving their workloads from single-socket to two-socket servers.