Xeon 5500 (Nehalem) servers: a group test

Xeon 5500 (Nehalem) servers: a group test

Summary: We evaluate 2U rack-mount servers based on Intel's latest Nehalem-architecture processor from six leading vendors.

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Editors' choice
We found it tricky to differentiate between the 2U Xeon 5500 servers reviewed here. Although there were minor differences, which we've pointed out in the reviews, the basic specifications were very similar: the same Intel chipset was employed in each case, along with dual processor sockets and — with just one exception (the IBM/Lenovo server) — the same RAM capacity. Storage options were also much the same, remote management was built in and the option to add an embedded hypervisor was, similarly, available across the board.

We didn't run any performance tests, for two reasons: first, the capabilities of these servers are far beyond any workloads we could realistically throw at them; and second, given their similarities it's safe to assume there wouldn't be much in it. Moreover, with a wide choice of processor model and other options, you can configure any of these servers to suit a wide variety of applications.

For a long time now it's been pretty rare for a server vendor to leap ahead of the pack in any significant way. Prices are much the same too. As a result, buying a server is now more a matter of choosing a vendor or reseller with whom you're happy to deal or with whom you have an existing relationship. It's also important to compare the levels of service on offer, along with the extras — bundled and optional — such as management tools, and complementary networking and storage solutions.

Bearing all of these factors in mind, HP and the new ProLiant DL380 G6 are a hard act to beat — all the more so given the services, software and other products that can be wrapped around HP and its resellers' offerings.

Review ratings

We have therefore given the Editors' Choice award to the HP ProLiant DL380 G6. That said, Dell continues to chip away at HP's dominance in the server market, and its PowerEdge R710 runs the DL380 close. We were also very impressed by the Sun Fire X4270/X4275 — our only real concern with Sun is what might happen to the company once the Oracle takeover is finalised.

HP's ProLiant DL380 G6 wins a close race for the Editors' Choice award in ZDNet UK's Xeon 5500 2U rack server group test.

 

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Product Price
Dell PowerEdge R710

Dell PowerEdge R710

Dell continues to chip away at HP's dominance of the industry-standard server market, and the 2U PowerEdge R710 is an excellent choice, although its internal storage capacity is limited.

20 Aug, 2009

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Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S5

Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S5

This is a well built and very capable 2U rack server from a respected vendor that can be configured to suit a wide variety of applications. It's particularly strong on disk capacity and PCIe expansion.

20 Aug, 2009

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HP ProLiant DL380 G6

HP ProLiant DL380 G6

The 2U rack server of choice continues to impress, and the latest G6 implementation looks set to carry the crown for some time to come.

20 Aug, 2009

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IBM System x3650 M2

IBM System x3650 M2

IBM remains a solid choice of server vendor, and this IBM/Lenovo server is a good rack-mount platform, albeit not quite as good as some of the competition.

20 Aug, 2009

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Sun Fire X4270/4275

Sun Fire X4270/4275

Better known for its RISC-based servers, Sun's Xeon 5500-based Sun Fire X4270 and X4275 look set to give the competition a good run for its money.

20 Aug, 2009

£

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