Yesterday IBM and Intel hosted an "Ask The Experts" chat during which users were free to ask questions regarding ex5 servers and Intel Xeon Processors. We received some really knowledgeable questions and wanted to share some answers from the experts. Thanks to all who joined us yesterday!
What do you mean when you say M3 servers? Are these new IBM servers?
For example our system names are the IBM System x3650 M3, the M3 is the newest model that leverage Intel Xeon Series Processors.
Can you tell me why I should upgrade to the Xeon 7500?
What are you upgrading from?. If you are upgrading from older single core servers you can get 20:1 consolidation refresh and a payback in less than 12mths. If you are looking at comparing with Xeon 7400 then you can get an average of 3X performance on a range of benchmarks.
Are all M3 volume servers using the new Intel 5600 chip?
Yes, M3 denotes our new models that use the 5600 processor series, with the exception of our single processor blade rack and tower systems the 3200M3, 3250M3 and HS12 that use Xeon 3400 series.
I own a small business, what do you recommend?
It depends on your workload and applications but our single socket rack and tower servers are ideal for small businesses. These servers are x3250 M3 and x3200 M3.
I heard there are memory enhancements with the eX5. Is that true?
Along with announcing 3 new systems, IBM also announced three new innovations. In addition to the base systems, IBM developed the MAX5, eXFlash, and FlexNode. The MAX5 is a memory draw, and blade, that adds an additional 32 dimms for the rack systems, and 24 dimms for the blade. This allows customers to take a standard 4S system, that has 64 dimms in the base system, and add an additional 32 dimms, for a total of 96 dimms. This provides greater memory capacity, and memory bandwidth.
The eXFlash is a new innovation for those customers looking for high IOPS database. It is a Solid State Drive implementation, that provides 8 drives of 200GB for eahc pack, for a total of 240,000 IOPS. The x3850 X5 can incorporate 2 of these eXFlash packs, and the x3690 can incorporate 3 of these packs.
How much is the X7560, what socket, and where can I get it?
X7560 is for expandable servers and utilizes a new socket different from previous generations. You can purchase servers based on these procesors from IBM and others.
What is IBM's most popular rack server?
The dual processor x3650 M3 http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/hardware/rack/x3650m3/index.html
Can the eX5 products scale?
The eX5 is a very scalable portfolio. The x3850 X5 system will scale from a 4S to a 8S, and can scale memory from 1TB to 3TB. The x3690 X5 can scale from 2S to 4S, and can scale it memory from 512GB, to 2TB. The HX5 can scale from 2S to 4S, and can have 256GB to 1280GB.
What is the best system for a web server environment?
Typically a 2 socket rack server. In our case, this is either the x3650 M3 (2u) or x3550 M3 (1u) are ideal. Here is link. http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/hardware/rack/index.html
What is the difference between Xeon 5600, 6500 and 7500?
Intel Xeon 5600 is targeted for 2-Socket efficent platforms, Intel Xeon 6500 is targeted for 2-Socket expandable servers, ideal for workloads that require large amounts of memory 32 DIMM/2S, 7500 is targeted for 2, 4, 8 and more Socket-expandable servers with 64 DIMMS/4 sockets. IBM X5 enables more -- ie you can configure a 2-Sock (6500 or 7500)server with ups to 64 DIMMs. 6500 & 7500 Xeon processors have additional RAS capabilities making them ideal for customer's most mission critical needs.
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