I have grown up around small businesses all my life. From my father’s sandwich shop, to hamburger joint, to local restaurant. I have seen firsthand the types of challenges that small businesses face: long hours, high employee turnover, demanding customers, and lots of bookkeeping!

 

We have seen leaps and bounds in the computing industry over the past several decades and its impact on small businesses has been substantial. My father has come a long way from the days when he would ring up customers on an old-fashioned cash register. But what is next? And what types of IT challenges can computers, and namely servers, solve for small businesses?

 

Today Intel is introducing the new Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 product family – the ideal entry level server for small businesses. The server is typically the core of a small business’ IT, and servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 product family are designed to increase business responsiveness, enhance business protection, and deliver 24x7 dependability, all at costs comparable to a desktop.

 

With up to 30% better performance than prior generation servers, Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 product family runs business-critical applications faster, enabling improved employee productivity. And with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, you get an even greater burst of speed automatically when your server needs it most.

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Security continues to be a real and costly threat, with the average cost of lost business due to a data breach in the US in 2010 at around $4.5 million. The built-in security capabilities of the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 product family enable small businesses to secure their data with encryption acceleration technologies like Intel AES-NI, and secure startup of the operating system with Intel TXT. And, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) provides continual protection from loss due to a hard drive failure or data corruption, and should it happen, sends an automatic alert so hard drives can be swapped out quickly and the business can stay up and running. These are just a few of the new features available with the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 product family.

 

Sometime in the next two weeks, Dell will refresh their entry level servers with these new processors. These servers will deliver substantial performance gains for running business-critical applications, provide system management capabilities designed to ease maintenance, and expand system scalability – all this to meet the needs of your business today, with headroom to support business growth of tomorrow.

 

What are your security concerns; do you feel these new features will help meet your needs?