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December 16, 2007

ML350 Record Price Performance, 2007 update

Filed under: 2007, Blogroll, G5, HP, ML350, Performance, Proliant, Quad Core, Server — servernews @ 4:51 pm

HP Announces Ml350 Price Performance crushing Dell Poweredge.  Excerpt from HP Performance Brief :

HP ProLiant ML350 G5 captures #1, 1P TPC-C price/performance world wide record with incredible result of USD$.78/tpmC

Outcome trounces Dell PowerEdge price/performance and performance results

The industry’s best selling x86  2-socket modular server combines Intel’s new 64-bit Quad-Core Xeon processors, best-in-class availability  features, and unsurpassed flexibility in a system ideal for SMB and remote office enterprise implementations.

Key results at a glance:

Surpassed the 1P IBM p5 520 rack server configured with a 1.65GHz POWER5+ processor at 74% less cost/tpmC!

Defeated the lowest price/performance Dell PowerEdge 2900 by 14% with 45% faster performance!

Outperformed the lowest price/performance Dell PowerEdge 2800 by more than TRIPLE at less cost/tpmC!

The HP ProLiant ML350 G5 displayed its outstanding versatility by earning the world record for price/performance with 100,926/tpmC at USD$.78/tpmC utilizing the Oracle Enterprise Linux 4 operating system and Oracle Database 10g database in the June 8, 2007 TPC-C benchmark. The HP ProLiant ML350 G5 was configured with one 2.66GHz Intel Xeon X5355 Quad-Core processor with 8MB Cache and 24GB Fully Buffered DIMM main memory. The server also featured 2 Smart Array P800 Controllers driving 4 x MSA70 Storage Works Enclosures filled with 25 x 36GB 15K SFF SAS drives each and 1 Smart Array E200i Controller driving 2 x 36GB 10k Small Form Factor (SFF) SAS drives, and 6 x 146GB SFF SAS drives in an internal bay.  HP Quad-Core server outperforms at a less cost/tpmC

 

Major flexibility with OS and database

The HP ProLiant ML350 G5 not only took the #1 position utilizing a Linux and Oracle operating system and database, but

also earned the #3 position for one processor TPC-C price/performance with its benchmark from March 27, 2007 achieving

82,774tpmC @ USD$.94/tpmC with a Microsoft Windows operating system and database. The server was configured with

one 1.86GHz Intel Xeon E5320 Quad-Core processor (1 processor/4 cores/4 threads) with 8MB Cache, and 20GB RAM

and was running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition SP1 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard x64

Edition SP1. The server featured two Smart Array P800 Controllers driving containing 4 x MSA70 Storage Works Enclosures

with 25 x 36GB 15K SFF SAS drives each and 1 Smart Array E200i Controller driving 2 x 36GB 10k Small Form Factor

(SFF) SAS drives, and 6 x 146GB SFF SAS drives in an internal bay.

 

Why HP wins in performance

HP ProLiant ML350 G5

The HP ProLiant ML350 server, the best selling tower server in the world, is all new with its fifth

generation and remarkable improvements to reliability, expandability, environmental, and

performance features. If there was one word to describe the features of the HP ProLiant ML350

G5 server, it would be “Dual”. Dual-socket, Dual- and Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5000 sequence

processors, dual redundant hot plug power supplies, dual redundant fans, and the smaller,

lighter, and quieter “dual” purpose chassis gives you the choice of 2.5” SFF or 3.5” LFF SAS or

SATA drives.

 

May 24, 2007

Recent HP release touting HP Server leadership …..

From the HP website:

HP Again No. 1 in Worldwide Server Shipments, Showing Strong Growth in Worldwide Server Market

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 23, 2007

Marking its 20th consecutive quarter of server shipment leadership, HP once again was No. 1 in total server units shipped, according to first calendar quarter 2007 server market figures released today by industry analyst firm IDC.(1)

HP grew overall server shipments by 16.6 percent in the first quarter, growing faster than the top 10 vendors in the worldwide server market. Driven by strong growth across its ProLiant, Integrity and BladeSystem families, HP captured 33.6 percent shipment share in the first quarter, shipping more than one out of every three servers in the world. These strong results were underscored with the fact that HP again tied for No. 1 in worldwide Q1 server factory revenue for the third year in a row.

In addition, HP maintained its commanding lead as the No. 1 x86 server vendor, showing continued leadership as the No. 1 blade server vendor in the first quarter with 45.1 percent total shipment share, a year-over-year growth rate of 84.9 percent. Fueled by impressive market acceptance of the HP BladeSystem c-Class architecture and the use of blades in the high-performance computing market, HP took more than five points of sequential market share at the expense of IBM and Dell in the first quarter and outpaced the worldwide blade server market as a whole.

“Today’s results from IDC demonstrate HP’s formidable strength as a technology provider and confirm that we’re meeting and exceeding customer needs,” said Mark Hudson, vice president of marketing, Enterprise Storage and Servers, HP. “The strong growth in ProLiant, Integrity and BladeSystem shows not only the breadth and value of our portfolio, but also the strong customer acceptance from midsized businesses through large enterprises and high-performance computing customers.”

 *HP PROLIANTS AND BLADESYSTEMS PURCHASE LINKS*

Rack Mount DL580′s:

  377239-001 – DL580 G3 RM X/3.16-1M 1G 1P M1 SCSI FAN
  430809-001 – DL580 G4 RM X/3.2-8M DC 2P
  377239-001 – DL580 G3 RM X/3.16-1M 1G 1P M1 SCSI FAN
  430810-001 – DL580 G4 RM X/3.0-4M DC 1P
  377239-001 – DL580 RM XEON/3.2-1MB US 1P 
  430810-001 – Not Original Box DL580 G4 RM X/3.00-2X2M 7120 1P 2G SAS
  377239-001 – Not Original Box PROLIANT DL580 G3 RM X/3.16-1MB 1GB 1P SCSI 
  430811-001 – DL580 G4 RM X/2.6-4M DC 1P

HP ML110 Towers

417249-001 – ML110 G4 TWR C2D/2.13 NHP SATA 
  470063-947 – ML110 G3 P4/3.2-2M 1GB 2X80GB NHP SATA COMBO SBY 
  432126-001 – ML110 G4 X/1.86-1X2M 3040 512MB 72GB NHP SAS RAID 
  470063-947 – ML110 G3 P4/3.2-2M 1GB 2X80GB NHP SATA COMBO SBY 
  432126-001 – ML110 G4 X/1.86-1X2M 3040 512MB M1 HP SAS 
  470063-947 – ML110 G3 P4/3.2-2M 1GB 2X80GB NHP SATA COMBO SBY 
  432530-005 – ML110 G4 C352 80GB SATA SBY

April 6, 2007

Performance Benchmarks for IBM xSeries 366 / x366 / x3850

Filed under: 8863, cpu performance, Dual Core, IBM, servers, System X, x3, x366, x3850, XSERIES 366 — servernews @ 3:46 pm
X3 Enables New Performance Records – x366 Beats Industry Benchmarks

The x366 has set performance records for 4-way Intel Xeon processor-based servers on the TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark. Recently the x366 achieved 141,504 tpmC (transactions per minute C), delivering 48% better performance than the HP ProLiant DL580G2/3.0GHz system and 8% better than the HP ProLiant DL585 O850 2.6GHz system.
Pricing and Example Configurations
The IBM eServer xSeries 366 server is currently available in volume. Discounted Pricing for the x366 can be found as low as $2,495 in the United States. IBM’s eServer xSeries X3 systems are available with scalable 64-bit x86 operating system software from major technology vendors including Microsoft, Red Hat and Novell.
88632RU – XSERIES 366 RM XEON/3.66 1MB 2GB NO HD DVD GETH 1P 
  88631RU – - IBM eserver xSeries 366 8863 – Rack – 4-way – 1 

8863-E5U

    8863E5U – - IBM eserver xSeries 366 8863 – Rack – 4-way – 2 

8863-E7U

  8863E7U – XSERIES 366 RACK MOUNT X/3.66 4MB 8GB NO HD 4P 

8863-3RU

  88633RU – - IBM eserver xSeries 366 8863 – Rack – 4-way – 1

8863-4RU

  88634RU – - IBM eserver xSeries 366 8863 – Rack – 4-way – 1 

8863-E1U

  8863E1U – XSERIES 366 XEON MP/3660 X2 36.4GBX3 SERVERAID 8I 

8863-1SU

  88631SU – - IBM System x3850 8863 – Rack – 4-way – 1 x Xeon 

8863-2SU (more…)

December 15, 2006

IBM Quad Core x3400/x3500 Towers and x3650/x3550 Announced

Filed under: Blogroll, cpu performance, IBM, Intel, Quad Core, servers, x3400, x3500, x3550, x3650 — servernews @ 9:45 pm

November 14, 20006. Announced today, IBM System x servers give you that same easy choice. The new Intel® processor engine brings quad-core capability to the mainstream x86 segment for the first time. This means that a two-socket server, instead of being limited to two or four processor cores as was typical, now has a capacity of eight cores. More cores typically mean more performance from your applications and more productivity for your business.

But just like that hypothetical auto manufacturer, IBM takes this performance – and productivity – gain one step further by offering extraordinary technology innovation around that quad-core engine. IBM is introducing four new quad-core servers designed with significantly better I/O, memory handling, reliability and availability than other quad-core systems. With the addition of enhanced energy management, systems management and virtualization capabilities, these new servers are designed for data center efficiency second to none. Bottom line: with the same quad-core processors, the new IBM servers are designed to offer you better performance, availability, efficiency and resource management, enhancing the productivity of your business even further.

Rack servers
System x rack servers help you maximize your IT investment with the latest in processing performance combined with ultra-rack density, and greater power and cooling efficiency to help strengthen your IT infrastructure. The result? More headroom for server virtualization on a 2-socket platform.

IBM System x3650 Rack Mount
IBM System x3550 Rack Mount

Tower servers
System x tower servers are designed for small and medium businesses or, for remote deployment to distributed locations. Because of their all-in-one design, they’re simple to install and use. They are ideal for locations with little to no dedicated IT staff, or where the servers need to be remotely managed.

IBM System x3500 Tower
IBM System x3400 Tower 

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Current Quad-Core Systems/Specs: 7978C1U – XSERIES x3550 RACK MOUNT X/1.86 QC 2GB SAS NO HD COMBO GETH

October 30, 2006

IBM posts leadership 2-processor x86-64 performance result on 300GB TPC-H benchmark

Filed under: Blogroll, cpu performance, Dual Core, IBM, Intel, servers, System X, x3650, Xeon — servernews @ 8:01 pm

IBM posts leadership 2-processor x86-64 performance result on 300GB TPC-H benchmark

October 6, 2006 … IBM® continues to deliver leadership performance for the x86-64 processor-based
server market. The IBM System xTM 3650 server and 64-bit IBM DB2® have delivered record-setting, 2-
processor x86-64 performance on the industry-standard TPC-H benchmark using a database size of
300GB.
The x3650 server and DB2 achieved 10,165.4 QphH@300GB on the TPC-H business intelligence
benchmark. (1) This result was achieved using the Linux® operating system.
For this benchmark, the x3650 server used the Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5160 at 3.0GHz with
4MB L2 cache (2 processors/4 cores/4 threads) and ran DB2 UDB 8.2 (64-bit) and SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server 9.
Results referenced are current as of October 6, 2006. To view all TPC results, visit http://www.tpc.org.
(1) IBM System x3650 with Intel Xeon Processor 5160 at 3.0GHz/4MB L2 cache/1333GHz FSB (2
processors/4 cores/4 threads), 10,165.4 QphH@300GB, $15.40 USD / QphH@300GB, availability of
October 6, 2006.
IBM, System x and DB2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines
Corporation.
Intel and Xeon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both.
TPC, TPC-H, and $/QphH are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council.
All other company/product names and service marks may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.

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September 28, 2006

Intel Dual-Core additions to HP Proliant DL580 and ML570

Filed under: Blogroll, cpu performance, DL580, Dual Core, G4, G5, HP, Intel, ML570, Proliant, servers, Xeon — servernews @ 9:41 pm

From a recent HP Press Release:

HP recently announced new additions to its Proliant server lineup that are powered by the latest Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® 7100 series processors.

The HP ProLiant 500 series servers can increase return on investment for customers by delivering improved performance, management, options, design and connectivity. When combined with the latest in virtualization technologies, the four-processor HP ProLiant ML570 and DL580 can also help customers consolidate business-critical application environments to reduce complexity and cost while increasing business agility.

In addition, the 500 series Proliant Servers can improve certain enterprise application performance by nearly 62 percent.(1)

For the second calendar quarter of this year, HP was ranked as the No. 1 vendor worldwide of industry-standard x86 servers and four-socket platforms and a leading provider of dual-core-based server systems.(2)

“With these servers, HP is further strengthening its four-processor leadership in the x86 server market,” said Paul Miller, vice president, Industry Standard Servers and BladeSystem Division, HP. “The combined technologies from HP and Intel will help customers address their business needs more effectively and maintain a competitive edge.”

Inventive approach drives customer value

Designed for performance and virtualization, HP’s balanced system approach maximizes dual-core processor performance. To help increase total system performance for critical applications and virtual server environments, recent architecture enhancements include new HP Smart Array RAID controllers, multifunction networking and increased memory capacity.

The servers will use small form factor Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) disk drives, eliminating the need for customers to make multiple drive transitions while simplifying system management needs. The drives consume half the power of larger models, while improving storage performance and reliability.

In addition, HP continues to simplify infrastructure management with high-speed “lights out” remote access with the Integrated Lights-Out 2 management processor and the new HP ProLiant Essentials Server Migration Pack: Physical to ProLiant edition. The migration pack offers existing x86 customers a straightforward, point-and-click process to simplify the transition to new platforms. Both offerings are easily managed through the HP Systems Insight Manager platform.

Benchmark shows significant performance gain

Dual-core-based HP ProLiant servers can substantially increase the performance of vital applications such as database, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, mail and messaging, virtual machines and terminal services – without adding systems costs.

For example, in a recent two-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark, results released on Aug. 25 show that the dual-core HP ProLiant DL580 G4 server with four-processors (4 processor/8 cores /16 threads) delivered industry-leading results, supporting 2,127 SAP SD Benchmark users at 1.99 seconds average dialog response time while achieving 10,650 SAPS, 213,000 fully processed order line items per hour and 639,000 dialog steps per hour. CPU utilization was balanced across the processors at 98 percent on the central server, average database request time (dia/upd) was 0.041 sec/0.023 sec. The server supported 812 more SAP SD Benchmark users than the DL580 G4 did in a previous two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark, equaling a nearly 62 percent performance improvement.(1)

“Intel and HP have worked together to provide servers that offer unprecedented new levels of performance and reliability,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel. “HP’s innovation built upon the new Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors will deliver customers reduced total cost of ownership through higher server utilization with Intel Virtualization Technology.”

The HP ProLiant 500 series servers now offer support for dual-core 64-bit Intel Xeon 7100 series processors with an 800-MHz FSB and up to 16 MB of L3 cache, which provides performance gains for multi-threaded applications such as database, financial services and supply chain management. Providing a scalable foundation for customers of all sizes, the HP ProLiant 500 series dual-core-based servers include:

* The HP ProLiant 500 series servers now offer support for dual-core 64-bit Intel Xeon 7100 series processors with an 800-MHz FSB and up to 16 MB of L3 cache, which provides performance gains for multi-threaded applications such as database, financial services and supply chain management. Providing a scalable foundation for customers of all sizes, the HP ProLiant 500 series dual-core-based servers include:

* HP ProLiant ML570 G4 – Support for 24 DIMM sockets plus the largest number of drives and PCI slots of any ProLiant server.

Extending its range of award-winning HP Care Pack Services, HP Services also provides support for the HP ProLiant servers powered by Intel dual-core technology. Services include off-site system builds through Factory Express offers, on-site installation and startup services for servers, software deployment and manageability enablement, integrated hardware and software support and proactive mission-critical support solutions.

Pricing and availability

The dual-core HP ProLiant DL580 G4 and ML570 G4 servers are currently available. Pricing for the DL580 starts at $6,649, while the ML570 server starts at $5,799.(3)

More information on HP ProLiant servers is available at http://www.hp.com/go/proliant. More information on services for HP ProLiant servers is available at http://h20219.www2.hp.com/services/cache/10768-0-0-225-121.html.

About HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2006, HP revenue totaled $90.0 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

1 Results of the HP ProLiant DL580 G4 on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark (Certification number 2006060) were achieved during tests performed on Aug. 9, 2006 by HP in Houston and certified on Aug. 25, 2006 achieving a result of 2,127 SAP SD Benchmark users. The benchmark was performed with the mySAP™ ERP 2004 application running Microsoft Windows® Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition (64-bit) and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise x64 Edition (64-bit). The benchmark configuration included a dual-core HP ProLiant DL580 G4, four-way SMP (4 processor / 8 cores / 16 threads), Intel Xeon Dual-Core processor model 7140M, 3.4 GHz, 16 KB L1 cache, 1 MB L2 cache, 16 MB L3 cache and 32 GB main memory. Results of the dual-core HP ProLiant DL580 G4 on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark (Certification number 2006025) were certified on May 4, 2006 achieving a result of 1,315 SAP SD Benchmark users. The HP ProLiant DL580 G4 was configured as a four-way SMP (4 processor / 8 cores / 16 threads) with an Intel Xeon Dual-Core processor model 7041, 3.0 GHz, 16 KB L1 cache, 2 MB L2 cache and 32 GB main memory. The benchmark was performed with mySAP ERP 2004 application running Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition (64-bit) and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise x64 Edition (64-bit). Results included 1.99 seconds average dialog response time and throughput as follows: 131,670 fully processed order line items per hour, 395,000 dialog steps per hour, and an average database request time (dialog/update) of 0.025 seconds/0.036 seconds. CPU utilization of the central server was 93 percent. More information can be found at http://www.sap.com/benchmark. All performance comparisons are as of Aug. 25, 2006.

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August 25, 2006

System X New Announcements x3650 x3550 x3500 x3400

Filed under: Dual Core, IBM, Intel, servers, System X, x3400, x3500, x3550, x3650 — servernews @ 6:48 pm

IBM Unveils New System x and BladeCenter Systems Featuring Energy Efficient PerformanceNew Systems Enable Up to 163% Percent Better Performance Per Watt 

       
ARMONK, NY – 26 Jun 2006: IBM introduced today a new IBM BladeCenter blade and System x servers and workstations geared to help reduce power and cooling costs while delivering substantial performance gains over earlier technology. The new systems enable up to 90% percent better application performance, and up to 163% percent better performance per watt today. The systems are designed and optimized to support more advanced computing with future quad core CPU models. (1)
 

“IBM continues to provide customers with the latest advancements in systems design and performance efficiency,” said Alex Yost, director, IBM System x. “The new IBM systems introduced today offer the latest in energy efficient performance and dual-core technology.”  

The new IBM BladeCenter HS21 is a high-density modular blade server designed to support the entire family of BladeCenter chassis. The ultra-slim and powerful blade design starts at US $2,159. It allows users to double their performance using their current BladeCenter infrastructure.  

The System x servers and workstations introduced today are based on the next generation of IBM’s Xtended Design Architecture, providing high performance, availability, manageability and flexibility advances on top of industry standard components, and include:  

  System x3650 – Stable business critical application server forworkload consolidation; starting at US $2,119.  System x3550 – Application density for power managed datacenter performance; starting at US $1,869.  System x3500 – Stable business critical application server for remoteoffice management; starting at US $1,809.  System x3400 – Affordable performance for growing businesses; startingat US $1,019.  Z Pro Z30 – Scalable advanced graphics computing; starting at US$2,169.System x3650, using IBM Java 2 5.0 Runtime Environment, delivered a leadership 2-processor score of 114,941 business operations per second (bops) and 114,941 (bops/JVM) running the SPECjbb2005 benchmark, which evaluates the performance of servers running typical Java business applications. These results are 14 percent higher than the previous number one result. IBM PowerExecutive, the first solution on the market that provides customers with the intelligence needed to effectively manage power consumption in the datacenter, is also available across the line of blades and servers introduced today, free of charge and available by download for customers.  

For more information about IBM, go to: www.ibm.com

Some of the System-X mentioned here can now be ordered from the IBM resellers below:  

Ships2Day eBay Stores 

Other related items

other IBM System X resellers , Server Resellers 

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August 23, 2006

Server News Aug 23, 2006

Filed under: AMD, Computers, Dual Core, G5, HP, Intel, Proliant, servers — servernews @ 10:42 pm

NEWS

»  HP ProLiant: New Product Announcement– May 22, 2006 (June 5, 2006)
Developed to meet reliability and manageability requirements of enterprise customers, the new line of ProLiant 500 Series servers help customers consolidate business-critical application environments to reduce complexity and cost.

VIEWS 

»  HP ProLiant: HP Proliant Server Receives Gold Award (July 31, 2006)
Magazine readers have confidence in the HP ProLiant Server and chose it as a gold winner in the annual Scientific Computing Reader’s Choice Awards.

OFFERS:

Some excellent deals can be found in the Proliant Products Category at Ships2Day ….

Proliant HP Bladesystem goes beyond solving server issues. It solves infrastructure issues. To do that, HP has taken a total system approach to design. They’re using advanced management tools to integrate computing, storage, power, and network resources into a virtualized, self-aware, automated environment. With HP BladeSystem, you’re managing a pool of resources as easily as one machine, and you’re ready to become a better service provider to your business.

Proilant DL Series provides Density optimized for flexibility and manageability.  Ideal for multi-server deployments.  Includes Rack and cluster models   

Proliant ML Series • For maximum internal storage and I/O flexibility • For remote and branch offices to data centers • Tower and rack deployment options

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