As previously expected, HP and IBM launched new servers to accompany the launch of Intel’s Xeon DP dual-core chips, code-named Paxville.
The chip has two processing engines, or cores, to pack more power onto a
single wafer without boosting power consumption. These factors make
dual-core very attractive to cost- and space-conscious enterprise customers.
HP is trotting out three models with varying utilities: the two-processor HP
ProLiant DL380 and four-processor HP ProLiant ML570 and DL580 servers.
The ProLiant DL380 is a 3.5-inch-thick rack server designed for a variety of
deployments and applications. The machine has been fitted with Serial
Attached SCSI (SAS) technology and boasts eight hot-plug drives.
The ProLiant DL580 is housed in a chassis seven inches wide. It
features hot-plug RAID memory and supports up to 64 gigabytes (GB) of
Rounding out the new launch is the ProLiant ML570, which is an expansion
server with hot-plug RAID memory and support for up to 3 terabytes of
internal storage, 10 PCI slots and 64GB of memory. These features make the
ML570 a prime candidate for enterprise applications, server consolidation
and remote site deployment.
Colin Lacey, director of HP’s server group, said test environments showed
that ProLiant servers using dual-core can boost the performance of database,
enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management
applications without increasing systems costs.
For example, in a recent four-processor benchmark, the dual-core HP ProLiant
ML570 exhibited a 44 percent performance improvement over the highest
single-core ML570 system.
The dual-core HP ProLiant DL380, DL580 and ML570 are expected to be
available within the next two months, starting at $4,200, $7,000 and
Lacey said HP will add additional dual-core Intel Xeon processor and Intel
Xeon processor 7000 ProLiant systems in the future but declined to get into
Separately, IBM unveiled the new dual-core xSeries 346 system, which comes
with a single dual-core Intel Xeon processor at 2.8 GHz.
The machine will
feature open bay hot swap SCSI drives, dual gigabit Ethernet, a DVD drive,
and a single hot-swap power supply. Starting at $2,969, the x346 will ship
The new dual-core x336 will become available later in the fourth quarter,
with pricing and specs released at that time.
HP and IBM, along with Sun Microsystems, have already been offering dual-core
systems since April, albeit in machines fitted with AMD’s Opteron chips.
While Dell is sticking with offering only dual-core chips from Intel, IBM
and HP are offering customers both Intel and Opteron architecture choices
because of very specific differences that meet customers’ various
Lacey said AMD’s Opteron dual-core processors are prized for their direct
connect technology to counter memory latency; Intel’s Xeon wafers have
higher cache levels and faster clock speeds.
He also said Opteron chips tend to consume a little less power than the
Intel Xeon architecture, and support up to 128GB of memory, double
the support of the Xeons.