June 09, 2012
A Boost For Data Centers
A performance boost, no matter how small, is always a good thing. A performance boost reaching up to 80%, however, is a major step up. Aberdeen’s dual-socket x70 Series Stirling Servers open the door to such a performance gain by including the new Intel® Xeon® Processsor E5-2600 series, which is built on the Sandy Bridge-EP core design and part of the Romley platform when paired with the new Intel C602 (Patsburg) chipset.
Based on Intel’s 32nm manufacturing technology, the Xeon E5-2600 processors offer more cores, cache, and memory capacity, as well as bigger, faster communication pathways, Intel says. The Xeon E5-2600 processors can help companies meet the demand for efficient, secure, and high-performing data center infrastructure by offering unparalleled, balanced performance across compute, storage, and network environments, Intel says.
Aberdeen offers the Xeon E5-2600 processors in dual-socket (Dual LGA2011 Socket R) configurations in eight base models within the x70 Series Stirling Server family in 1U Mainstream, 1U Advanced, 2U Mainstream, 2U Advanced, and 4U Mainstream options. The base 4U Mainstream configuration, for example, provides an Aberdeen Stirling 470 server with dual 2GHz Xeon E5-2650 processors, 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory (up to 256GB), two 2TB Hitachi Ultrastar 7200rpm drives (up to eight drives supported), an LSI 9261 SAS2 controller, and a SuperServer 7047R-TRF server kit. The 171-178 and 179 have redundant 80 Gold level power efficiency certified power supplies in a 1U, while the 278 can have up to 24 2.5-inch drives. All x70 Series Stirling models can be customized with add-on cards, backplanes, storage, and other features.
The Xeon E5-2600 series has 17 parts supporting up to eight cores per processor and up to 768GB of system memory (quad-channel DDR3 up to 1600MHz). The Xeon E5-2600 processors provide up to an 80% increase in performance compared to previous Xeon 5600-series processors. They also include new Intel Integrated I/O technology with PCI Express 3.0 support built in. Intel says the addition can triple the rate of data flows coming in and out of the processor, reducing latency by up to 30%. Data Direct I/O) technology enables Intel Ethernet controllers and adapters to route I/O traffic straight to processor cache.
The processors include support for Intel AVX (Advanced Vector Extension), technology. Also noteworthy is the Xeon E5-2600’s ability to improve energy efficiency by more than 50% vs. the Xeon 5600 series processors, a boon to data centers seeking to gain added performance while reducing power consumption and operating costs. Intel says the new age of “intelligent performance” that the Xeon E5-2600 processors are introducing will result in best-in-class support for virtualization, consolidation, and cloud computing.
Beyond the x70 Series Stirling Server models, Aberdeen has been producing general-purpose and storage servers since 1991, placing a strong emphasis on providing customers customization options and high performance offered at competitive prices. In addition to customized servers ranging from 1U to 8U form factors, the company also sells barebones server configurations.
Aberdeen covers every fully configured rackmount server with a five-year-warranty that guarantees the server to be free of material defects for five years. Aberdeen also warranties each server to be free of workmanship defects for the server’s lifetime. Custom Assembled Rackmount Evaluation Service) program, which provides qualified customers with a server that’s configured to their needs that they can use for a free 30-day assessment period with no obligations.
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