Intel's Xeon 7500/6500 processor series brings the biggest leap in performance in Xeon's history.

 


This level of performance enables consolidation of a ton of older servers onto significantly fewer Xeon 7500/6500 generation platforms...saving a considerable amount of money.

 


For example, IT managers can consolidate up to 20 older single-core 4-socket servers onto a single Xeon 7500 4-socket system representing a 4-socket to 4-socket consolidation ratio up to 20:1. The resulting savings from reduced power usage and OS licensing costs can show a payback of less than a year on the cost of the new server. That's a fantastic payback....and if application software costs and other savings are included the ROI is even greater.

 


Similarly favorable 2-socket consolidation ratios are possible by moving workloads off of older 2-socket systems and onto Xeon 7500/6500 servers.

 


A good example of this comes from Dell. Their engineering solutions teams recently published three technical white papers showing the benefits of consolidating database and virtualization workloads running on older 2-socket servers onto their new R810 server based on the Xeon 7500 processor series. The R810 is a pretty cool, innovative platform with Dell's FlexMem Bridge Technology that allows full access to the entire system memory whether the system is populated with just 2 or the full 4 sockets.

 


The Dell engineers provide a lot of useful technical information. Check the white papers out yourself by following the link below.

 

 

 

Link to Dell's technical white papers:

 

http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/b/tech-center/archive/2010/05/10/scaling-database-workloads-on-dell-poweredge-11g-servers-with-intel-nehalem-ex.aspx

 


Link to more information about the new Intel Xeon 7500/6600 processor series:

 

http://www.intel.com/itcenter/products/xeon/7500/?iid=gg_work+home_xeon7500

Several server system vendors are rolling out new Itanium systems that incorporate the latest Intel Itanium processor family member; the Intel Itanium Processor 9300 Series. I'd like to congratulate HP on the recent launch of its completely revamped Integrity server system line-up. HP in late April announced the most extensive re-tuning to date of their Itanium-based Integrity product family. There's been a great deal of interest about HP's new products from industry press, analysts and IT customers.

 

The new HP Integrity systems are built on HP's BladeSystem Infrastructure, with a new Blade Scale Architecture that simplifies the deployment and management of a number of blades in one enclosure. Even the highest performing HP Integrity server system, Superdome, is taking advantage of HP's new converged infrastructure, moving from a tower configuration to blades that plug into a blade chassis. Now customers will be able to take advantage of the legendary scalability and reliability of Itanium-powered HP Superdome 2 systems in a more flexible and manageable blade form factor. Now that's real innovation and value.

 

 

Go to the HP Integrity website for more information on HP's new Itanium Processor 9300-based Integrity server systems.

 

Go to the Intel Itanium Products website for more information on the Intel Itanium Processor 9300 Series.

 

Go to the Itanium Solutions Alliance website for the latest up-to-date Itanium solutions news.

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This new crop of servers based on the Xeon 7500 processor are seriously game changing.  Take everything that was good about the Xeon 5500 ( Nehalem ) processor last year and turn up the dial a few clicks.  More cores, More Interconnects, More memory, More Performance, More of everything.

 

The result is a server that can go head to head with anything out there.  I was chastised for writing a pointed blog last year that said the future of the Sparc™ and Power processors were “challenged”.

 

Fast forward and today a Xeon platform can match or exceed the performance of virtually any other enterprise platform. So, for enterprise applications today, performance is not the issue.  Selection of a platform is a function of:

 

  • Capital Cost of the platform

  • Support Cost of the platform

  • Operating System support

  • Platform Reliability


For capital cost, Xeon systems are typically much higher performance/dollar than Power or Sparc platforms.  Sometimes by a huge margin.

 

Support Cost: The reality is virtually every data center has expertise in support Windows or Linux on Xeon servers.  They may also have some people with expertise in other operating systems, but the cost to support incremental Xeon servers is relatively low, and no new training is required.

 

OS support can be an issue if the customer is dependent on lots of custom code that cannot be recompiled.  For many commercial applications and databases Xeon is often the primary supported platform, not a later port.

 

Platform reliability is a big concern for all customers but in truth much of this is a measure of software reliability.  Xeon platforms today are amazingly solid.  Windows and Linux have established themselves as real enterprise operating systems.  Solaris runs faster on Xeon than any other hardware.  Virtualization provides added levels of system reliability, providing high availability and live fail over.  Lastly, at the “processor hardness” level, Intel has added over 20 processor reliability features to the Xeon 7500 platform, making it truly a mission critical processor.

 

Absolutely I am biased toward Intel Xeon platforms, but when I add up the TCO/ROI numbers, Xeon servers just seem like a much better value for businesses that are driving for efficiency.

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