Jul30

Inside the new Midphase Xeon E5 family of dedicated servers

Posted by Clint Reeves

New does not always been better, but in this case it does.  The E5-2600 product family just released by Intel has been added to the Midphase lineup and the performance gains exhibited by these dedicated server ‘beasts’ are impressive.

While we have mentioned the amazing Ivy Bridge microarchitecture in previous blog posts, there are many additional features that make these Xeon chips remarkable and important to small business websites looking for dependable dedicated server hosting.

Scalability

The 2600 series supports up to eight cores per processor and up to 768 GB of system memory that spits out roughly 80% in performance gains over previous server models.  This allows your small business or SME IT department to scale.

Orchestrated chip performance

Intel AVX

Intel has introduced several new technologies including Advanced Vector Extensions or Intel AVX allowing the CPU to do more work per clock cycle.

Turbo Speeds!

It has also upgraded its Intel Turbo Boost Technology to version 2.0 that allows the processor to increase the frequency at the request of the OS to handle workload spikes as shift power across the processor.  This means the chip can redirect power from an idle core to an active one.  And, this means “Turbo” speeds for your dedicated server.

Data Center Manager

In a nutshell, this power management solution allows IT managers to establish group level power policies to limit consumption, while dynamically adapting to changing server loads. This means you can better manage power capacity and optimize productivity by managing power at the server, rack, row and data center levels.

Data Flow Improvements

New Integrated I/O controllers allow data to flow faster to your data-hungry apps and increase the bandwidth in the data center where your dedicated servers reside.

Trusted Security

A secure hardware foundation allows both Midphase and you to maximize processing power and reduce processing overhead associated with encryption and decryption so you can encrypt all business critical data on devices and networks.  Improvements at the BIOS level ensure that only ‘known good’ configurations are launched and allow these configurations to be reported.

The net result:  The E5 family of dedicated servers can handle just about any website traffic load you throw at it. Plus, they are cheap.  It does not get much better than that!

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