A record number of server and workstation vendors are enthusiastically backing Intel's Xeon 5500 processor rollout, with the new chips already poised to launch in 230 different computing systems from Cisco, Dell, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, NEC, Sun Microsystems, and other vendors.
For example, IBM is integrating Intel's Xeon 5500 processor in its latest System x servers and software, noted Adalio Sanchez, general manager of IBM System x.
"The world is going through changes that require IT professionals in every industry to consolidate, virtualize and support a variety of different platforms -- a mix of operating systems, hardware, middleware and applications" for which "there is no one-size-fits-all solution for most businesses," Sanchez said. "System x supports multiple architectures and is designed to lower ownership costs and enable new paradigms, such as cloud computing."
Sea of Sensors
Big Blue claims its four new x86 rack servers and blades feature unique designs that can slash energy costs up to 93 percent while doubling the computing performance in some models. The new machines, which offer 96GB and 1TB memory options, also run new software with the ability to automatically manage virtual and physical assets across platforms.
Hewlett-Packard's Xeon-enabled ProLiant G6 server product line sports a collection of 32 smart sensors that automatically track thermal activity right across each machine. HP's "sea of sensors" dynamically adjusts system components such as fans, memory and input/output processing to optimize system cooling and increase efficiency.
What's more, HP's ProLiant G6 machines feature the ability to precisely identify the power requirements for each server in the data center and set an energy-consumption limit based on that usage. The new machines also give customers the option to choose from among four different supplies to best match power performance to specific workloads, which HP claims can achieve energy efficiencies of more than 92 percent in the majority of real-world configurations.
Dell's new Xeon-enabled PowerEdge machines integrate an energy-smart design architecture that the company said can save customers up to 48 watts in energy usage, compared to previous-generation PowerEdge models. And just like HP, Dell is providing its PowerEdge customers with the option of matching server power supplies to the tasks at hand.
Xeon Runs Solaris
Sun Microsystems and Intel say they have been working together for the past two years to bring the chipmaker's new Xeon 5500 chips to servers running Sun's Solaris 10 operating system and OpenSolaris software. "The result of that collaboration is a fusion of software and silicon whose tight integration delivers outstanding performance, energy efficiency, and reliability to the data center," said Intel Vice President Doug Fisher.
For example, the new Sun Fire X4270, featuring two Xeon 5500 processors, has already set new world-record benchmarks for Solaris when running SAP's ERP application with Oracle's database software, the companies said. Moreover, Solaris integrates a power-aware dispatcher that utilizes the new Deep C-States on Intel's new chip to dramatically reduce power consumed by idle cores.
The Xeon 5500 is also poised to revolutionize workstation performance for professionals involved in engineering, media, entertainment, biosciences, exploration, economic modeling, and risk analysis.
The new chips have already landed in Lenovo's D20 workstation, Apple's latest MacBook Pro, and three new Precision workstation towers from Dell. Hewlett-Packard is scheduled to release three new HP Z workstations next week that will likewise embrace Intel's latest microprocessor enhancements.