I’m in the process of wrapping up the sixth edition of the IBM Redpaper “IBM eX5 Portfolio Overview”, covering the three eX5 servers, the IBM System x3850 X5, x3690 X5 and IBM BladeCenter HX5.
My colleague and System x expert, Duncan Furniss from IBM Canada, came on an IBM Redbooks residency to our office here in Raleigh NC in the USA and helped me update this paper. With our findings, I thought I’d update you why the x3850 X5 is still the best choice for high-performance database applications.
The x3850 X5 is our flagship server, with 4 processor sockets supporting the Intel Xeon E7-8800 series processors with up to 10 cores, and up to 2 TB of RAM. The server can expand, and by attaching a second x3850 X5 and two MAX5 memory expansion units, you can have a single system image with up to 8 processors (80 cores) and 6 TB of RAM.
The x3850 X5 is ideal server for enterprise database workloads and this server flies!
But don’t just take our word for it. This week, we just announced a new world-record TPC-E score (the result is as of March 18, 2013 and the solution availability is March 8, 2013). The TPC-E benchmark is designed to let you more objectively measure and compare the performance and price of various OLTP systems.
The above result is for an 8-socket system (two servers connected together). The x3850 X5 is also still the number 1 for 4-socket TPC-E performance too (Results referenced are current as of December 6, 2012).
To make the x3850 X5 even more suited to database applications, we’ve announced two new models that are optimized for database. This means we’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing which hardware components to use.
Models 7143-D3x and 7143-D4x are models with four Intel Xeon E7-4860 processors, each with 10 cores, 128 GB of RAM (expandable to 3 TB if you also add the MAX5 memory expansion unit), and 16 solid state drives, each 200 GB to maximize data I/O. With seven PCIe slots, you can further expand I/O performance by adding PCIe SSD adapters for the ultimate in high IOPS disk traffic.
And don’t forget you can connect two x3850 X5 servers together to form a very large 8-socket system with up to 6TB of RAM.
Read about these models and the technical details of the x3850 X5 in the IBM Redbooks Product Guide.
David Watts is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He writes books and papers on many areas related to IBM Flex System, IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x. Follow David on Twitter at @DavidAtRedbooks.