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IBM System x3455

IBM System x3455

Like both Dell and HP, IBM sells a variety of industry-standard servers based on Intel dual-core, and now quad-core processors. However, IBM was also one of the first server vendors to use AMD silicon, and the model we looked at, from its xSeries family, is based on the latest dual-core Opteron chips introduced in 2006. There are several different AMD models in the xSeries line-up: the <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/uk/x/rack/x3455/">System x3455</a> is a 1U rack-mount server targeted primarily at customers looking to run compute-intensive scientific, technical and financial modelling applications. As such, it can be fitted with two dual-core Opteron processors but is somewhat restricted when it comes to storage and redundancy options.

February 26, 2007 by in Servers

HP ProLiant ML370 G5

HP ProLiant ML370 G5

The first thing you notice about the <a href="http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/sm/WF25a/521-525-358265-358265-12083545-12572504.html">HP ProLiant ML370 G5</a> is its size. It’s massive, with room for not just the latest dual-core Xeon processors but enough memory, storage and other options to suit a wide range of applications. Because it’s very solidly built, the huge desk-side tower housing the ML370 is extremely heavy, requiring two people to lift it. It can also be rack mounted if required, although it ends up 5U high and the rack would need to be well anchored to prevent it tipping &mdash; especially if you choose any of the optional extras. Our review model, for example, came with a redundant second power supply and an additional bank of hot-swap fans. You can also add a lot of storage, making for a very heavy and, at times, quite noisy system.

February 26, 2007 by in Servers

Dell PowerEdge 1950

Dell PowerEdge 1950

A 2-way SMP server designed to accommodate Intel dual-core Xeon processors, the <a href="http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/pedge_1950?c=uk&cs=RC1050265&l=en&s=pad">PowerEdge 1950</a> sits at the top of Dell’s 1U rack-mount range. It’s not a particularly expandable solution &mdash; there simply isn’t room for lots of adapters or disks &mdash; but that hasn’t stopped Dell’s designers cramming a lot in to create a server that can be used for a variety of purposes.

February 22, 2007 by in Servers

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