Although Intel has yet to green-light products based on its Xeon E3-1200 v2 family of server processors, that hasn't stopped Dell jumping the gun and announcing plans to use the new chips, based on the 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture, to boost the performance and lower the TDP of its PowerEdge C5220 microserver platform.Don't be fooled by the 'microserver' tag here.
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With computing power to burn, the PowerEdge 1950 is ideal where high performance is required, such as clustering and Web front end duties. However, the ramped format does make life more difficult when it comes to database hosting and other back-end deployments.
Dell's latest PowerEdge servers may be an all-Intel team, but there's an AMD super-slab warming up on the sidelines.Introducing the new range to the Asia-Pacific media and analysts at an enterprise event in Singapore this week, Dell's regional enterprise head, Damien Crotty, highlighted that the four models can use either Intel's 5000 series dual-core Xeon "Dempsey" processor or the new 5100 series "Woodcrest" chips built with Intel's new core microarchitecture.
SWsoft, a VMware competitor whose software lets a single Intel server run 10 to 200 instances of Linux, has signed deals to sell its product in conjunction with Dell Computer and IBM servers, the company said Tuesday. The Magnum-SC servers include SWsoft's Virtuozzo software installed on IBM or Dell servers with as many as eight processors. Prices range from $10,000, for models that can host up to 10 Linux servers and are based on IBM's x330 or Dell's PowerEdge 1650, to $50,000, for a model using the x360 or PowerEdge 6650 and hosting up to 25 servers. The company didn't release pricing for a top-end version for hosting 50 Linux servers, based on a PowerEdge 8450 or x370. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Dell introduces two Intel-based servers that bring higher-end features to the lower-end segment of the market. The PowerEdge 4600 could be the first to use Intel's Prestonia chip.
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