HP, Lenovo Offer High-End Servers Based on New Intel Xeon E7 Chips
HP is introducing three systems to its ProLiant Gen9 server lineup, which launched last year. The DL580 Gen9 is a four-socket system that offers up to a 39 percent increase in performance over previous systems with up to four Xeon E7 4800 or 8800 v3 chips ranging from four to 18 cores. It also includes DDR4 memory, support for general-purpose GPUs and a range of networking options. The dense 2U (3.5-inch) DL560 is a four-socket system for running multiple workloads, uses up to four Xeon E7 v3 chips, and is aimed at environments where space and price/performance are important. The BL660c is a four-socket blade system that uses up to four of the Intel servers and offers options in storage, 32 DIMM sockets for up to 2TB of memory and twice the internal storage capacity of competitive offerings. HP also is adding to its Apollo lineup of high-end servers, including the Apollo 2000 system for scale-out environments for greater space and cost savings. Up to four servers can fit in a standard 2U chassis, and the systems are powered by Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 chips with four to 18 core and speeds up to 3.5GHz. Meanwhile, HP is offering the dense 2U Apollo 4200 Gen9 that runs on Xeon E5-2600 v3 chips and is aimed at such workloads as object storage, Hadoop and NoSQL data analytics, and which comes in two models. The Apollo 4530 also targets big data analytics, offering three servers per 4U (7-inch) chassis and two Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors with four to 16 cores, while the 4510 can be used for object storage solutions and offer flexible performance and I/O options.Lenovo's X6-based solutions are certified to run SAP HANA, while two new EMC-supported solutions also have been certified by SAP as an enterprise storage offering for SAP HANA. In addition, Lenovo's EMC VSPEX reference architectures for private clouds and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments have been certified for SAP's Business Suite software. The new EMC-supported offerings add to a range of integrated solutions from the two companies that leverage Lenovo's System x servers and EMC's VMAX, VNX and XtremeIO storage products.
The newest x86-based Integrity Superdome X offers up to 16 sockets, 12TB of memory and nine times the performance of its predecessor. It can scale from two to 16 sockets, and is certified for Microsoft Windows, while its features make it a strong system for running SQL Server 2014 workloads.