i´m aware of this list, but thanks
intel guys, what CPU would you recommend for this purpose?
for instance, the E2xxx CPUs don´t seem appropriate due to the lack of Intel VT, correct?
in terms of processing power, i would appreciate some leeway, so if there is a need for additional power, it´s already at hand.
To advise which CPU to get, i hope someone else can give you a precise answer.
But i do have some other information for you, hopefully it may help you a bit.
It is good to get an Intel Xeon 3300 Family like the X3360 (new core stepping E0)
Make sure that you dont get the cpu E5200, as there is a known issue for that. Anyway, it does not support VT. :-)
VMWARE ESXi 3.5 does not work, but i tried a previous version which worked last time.
I have tried VMWare Server and Workstation which worked fine.
as the system will run 24/7 and i´m looking for a decent power consumption, i would favor a dualcore with VT over a quadcore.
due to my need of Intel VT and 1333FSB, i guess there is no other choice than a model from the E8xxx series?
E8400/E3110 (3,0Ghz / 6MB / 1333FSB) looks to me like the way to go
I have run a few virtual machines on processors which have lower specs than that. I used xeons t(in a single processor configuartion) hat were dual core and 1066 FSB with only 4GB cache (65nm processors) with VMware server and was running a couple of virtual machines happily. I think this processor will be more than enough to run a couple of virtual machines.
do you have experiences with truecrypt e.g. on your single-socket Xeon systems?
i´m planning to fully encrypt my data
also other contributions in terms of encrypting on the stated CPU are very welcome!
No. i havent tried truecrypt on a production enviroment but did have a chance to try it at home for my file server (sort of production enviroment).
I was amazed of how low the CPU utilization was using a single socket CPU. even on my laptop with a C2D T7100 (1.8ghz) it performed exceptionally well.
The only problem i found with truecrypt was that there didn't seems to be a way to automatically mount the volumes (file based volumed). i always had to go in manually and mount it and give the password. for this reason i chose to use Windows EFS which made the files available as soon as the user authenticated. the problem i found with EFS is that the encrypted files are only available by the user locally and cannot be shared on the network. it was annoying and now i only use to encrypt my documents which aren't shared.
but overall tryecrypt it was a good system. i especially liked the deniability system it uses. I had a play with the full drive encryption and it installs a new boot loader on the system. very interesting. If i was a paranoid enough (or had the need to use it) i would sure use it.
good to hear that you didn´t notice a significantly increase in CPU utilization. i was expecting the opposite.
i definitively want to encrypt all my data (for safety and paranoia reasons) but i want to eliminate possible bottlenecks in performance.
it seems that the E3110 (3Ghz) is adequate if you ran encryption with just a 1.8Ghz CPU?