Dell, HP, IBM Others Embrace Intel's New Xeon Server Chips

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2012-05-15
 
 
 

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 chips—with three times the performance and more memory and I/O than comparable offerings—feature a balance of performance and energy efficiency, and give businesses a path for moving their workloads from single-socket to two-socket servers.

Intel Xeon E5-2400

HP ProLiant DL360e Gen8

The DL360e Gen8, a 1U(1.75-inch) rack server that can be used by enterprises and small and midsized businesses (SMBs) alike, was one of several new servers to HP's ProLiant Gen8 family that not only includes Xeon-based systems, but ones running on Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron 6200 Interlagos processors.

HP ProLiant DL360e Gen8

HP ProLiant BL420c Gen8

The Xeon-based blade server is aimed at the midmarket and cost-conscious enterprises. The system features enhanced manageability capabilities for applications that call for high availability and performance.

HP ProLiant BL420c Gen8

Dell PowerEdge R820

The PowerEdge R820 rack system is a 2U (3.5-inch) four-socket server powered by Xeon E5-4600 chips. The new systems expand the PowerEdge 12th-generation family that Dell officially launched in March.

Dell PowerEdge R820

Dell PowerEdge C5220

Dell officials rolled out the C5220 microserver a week before Intel officially announced the Xeon C3-1200 v2 processors, the first server chips based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and featuring the 3D Tri-Gate transistor architecture.

Dell PowerEdge C5220

IBM System x3750 M4

IBM's System x3750 is an entry-level four-socket rack system aimed at technical computing and other floating-point intensive workloads, according to company officials. The system offers organizations that are outgrowing their two-socket systems to move into the four-socket space for faster database performance and other applications. The server offers up to 25 percent more memory than competitive systems, according to IBM.

IBM System x3750 M4

IBM System x3630 M4

IBM's x3630 M4 is a storage-dense rack server aimed at cloud and department-level virtualization workloads, virtual storage and database jobs.

IBM System x3630 M4

Lenovo Thinkserver RD530

Lenovo unveiled two new rack servers—the Thinkserver RD530 and the ThinkServer RD630—armed with the new Xeon chips. The servers are designed to integrate into existing IT infrastructures and handle complex workloads, according to company officials. With intelligent power-consumption features, they also offer a 160 percent improvement in performance per watt.

Lenovo Thinkserver RD530

Lenovo ThinkStation E31

The entry-level workstation gives businesses a powerful desktop workstation at a PC price, according to Lenovo officials. Armed with the Xeon E3-1200 v2 chips, the system comes in a mini-tower or small form factor, with enhanced memory performance and graphics capabilities.

Lenovo ThinkStation E31

SGI UV

SGI officials announced that Intel's Xeon E5-4600 and E5-2400 chips will be supported in future shared memory platforms, and that the E5-2400 is not available in the company's Rackable product line. The SGI UV, pictured, which will be the next-generation coherent shared memory platform for high-speed, data-intensive computing, will be based on the E5-4600 chip family.

SGI UV

Appro Xtreme-X

Appro will deploy its Xtreme-X supercomputer with four-socket configurations based on the Xeon E5-4600 chips for Kyoto University in Japan. It will bring improved performance and significant memory and I/O capabilities in a dense system, company officials said.

Appro Xtreme-X

Supermicro

Supermicro is rolling out a host of single-, two- and four-socket systems and motherboards that will be powered by Intel's new Xeon chips. The system pictured is the 4U (7-inch) 8047R-7-JRF5 four-socket server.

Supermicro

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