When Intel introduced their new Xeon E5-2600 v4 chip, server manufacturers wasted no time to debut faster compatible servers. Server manufacture giants like Lenovo, HPE, & Dell seem to be always announcing new products soon after Intel debuts new chips.
The Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips have up to 22 cores and are extremely faster than last year’s Xeon E5-2600 v3 chips. The new v4 chips can be easily transferred into previous servers that held the v3 chips. Even with the compatible chips, many server companies still released new servers featuring new Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips.
Intel states that they “did not make major Ethernet, storage or I/O upgrades”. The upgrades made were within the OmniPath interconnect, connecting memory, processing, storage, and networking units.
HPE’s new Proliant Gen9 Server is called NVDIMM, allowing for DRAM and flash storage to be merged and are placed on a single memory module. The result allows for faster application activity. HPE believes that the NVDIMM will benefit database applications like SAP HANA, which relies on in-memory computing and less storage.
Dell’s PowerEdge R730 server allows for more graphic processors, which allow for a boost in visual and scientific tasks. The biggest change in this processor is its new cooling system. The Dell PowerEdge R730 starts off at $3,059, While the Power R730XD Server beings at $3,899.
Lenovo goes above and beyond the rest releasing and updating 6 servers; System x3650 M5, System x3550 M5, Flex x240 M5 and NextScale nx360 M5. Pricing on all Lenovo servers have not been announced. It is said that with Intel’s new chip technology, that the speed of security tasks jumps 70 percent higher.
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