This new crop of servers based on the Xeon 7500 processor are seriously game changing. Take everything that was good about the Xeon 5500 ( Nehalem ) processor last year and turn up the dial a few clicks. More cores, More Interconnects, More memory, More Performance, More of everything.
The result is a server that can go head to head with anything out there. I was chastised for writing a pointed blog last year that said the future of the Sparc™ and Power processors were “challenged”.
Fast forward and today a Xeon platform can match or exceed the performance of virtually any other enterprise platform. So, for enterprise applications today, performance is not the issue. Selection of a platform is a function of:
· Capital Cost of the platform
· Support Cost of the platform
· Operating System support
· Platform Reliability
For capital cost, Xeon systems are typically much higher performance/dollar than Power or Sparc platforms. Sometimes by a huge margin.
There's more at the link, but the basic point is that the Intel Xeon servers rock. And guess what? They power IBM System X servers - all the way to 11. And if you don't get that reference, I suggest you google 'Spinal Tap' - it'll be good for you.
See more about IBM System X.