Feeds

IBM wins Intel server bragging rights

x440 is the dog's cojones - Giga

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

We're indebted to IBM for bringing to our attention the opinions of influential analyst Giga concerning its recently announced x440 Intel Xeon server.

Giga is enamoured with IBM latest Xeon boxen and believes (even though the company is third behind Dell and HP in the four to eight-way segment of the server market) that IBM will continue to gain share over the next year.

At the end of Q2 2002, IBM reported 140 per cent revenue year on year growth in sales of its four to eight-way Intel servers, Giga notes.

Rival vendors duked it out in the summer months with rival benchmarketing claims for their Intel server but Giga found IBM's results were the most impressive.

"IBM now owns performance scalability bragging rights (vs Dell and HP) when comparing the online transaction processing results (TPC-C) of its four-way Xeon MP servers vs its eight-way," the firm wrote in a briefing note to customers.

"Specifically, IBM has maintained an impressive level of application linearity, showing approximately 67 per cent performance improvement going from four-way to eight-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) across the same generation of server class."

Last March, IBM announced a TRC-C benchmark of 55,139 tpm-C for its 440 xSeries four-way server. This was followed with a mark of 92.398 tpm-C for IBM's eight-way 440 xSeries, in July. Both these results were recorded with machines featuring 1.6GHz Xeon MP processors.

Following on from these results, IBM announced entry level two-way and four-way x440 servers featuring 2.4GHz Xeon MP processors, which get the thumbs up from Giga for use in small businesses.

Furthermore using 2.4GHz Xeon MP processors outfitted x440 server, IBM achieved the highest four-way Intel processor benchmark so far of 61,168 tpm-C at $5.14 per tpm-C. That's 75 per cent better performance than Dell's Poweredge 6600 or 25 per cent better than HP's ProLiant DL 580-G2, and at 21 per cent better price/performance, Giga notes.

Giga thinks these figures are impressive, not just in themselves, but because they validate the architecture IBM has chosen for the x400 servers, which feature an XA-32 chipset and IBM's scalability port technology.

Despite the glowing report, Giga adds a slight note of caution when it says the performance scalability demonstrated in the transition between four-way and eight-way x440 servers will be tested when IBM introduces a 16-way x440 server, which is expected to arrive in Q4 this year. ®

Related Stories

My dad's server's bigger than yours
IBM says Intel eServers trounce Dell, challenge Sun

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
No biggie: EMC's XtremIO firmware upgrade 'will wipe data'
But it'll have no impact and will be seamless, we're told
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.