As the server industry awaits the official release of Intel next generation E5 processors next week, server vendors are busy announcing their own platform refreshes. Last week it was HP with its Gen8 platform; this week it’s Dell with the 12G server platform.
While Intel’s new server chips are at the heart of the 12G platform, Dell is delivering a new Fluid Data architecture to help improve performance beyond the CPU.
“There are plenty of innovations unrelated to the processor,” Brian Payne, executive director of Dell Product Group Marketing, told InternetNews.com.
The 12G platforms provide enterprises and data centers with something Dell calls the Fluid Data Architecture and is already using in its storage products.
“Our vision is to erase the line between SAN infrastructure and compute,” Kevin Noreen, director of Dell Systems Management Marketing, told InternetNews.com.
On the 12G servers, Fluid Data is being delivered by way of new Express Flash technology. Noreen explained Express Flash is flash storage capacity that is hooked up directly to PCI bus that is connected to the server CPU. It’s available in a 2.5 inch drive carrier that is plugged into the server. Up to four Express Flash components can be included in a 12G server.
“You can’t get closer to compute for quick, low-latency response times and greater throughput,” Noreen said. “The benefit is 10.5 times more SQL transactions per second when running on a single Express Flash.”