HP ProLiant DL58X G5
The HP ProLiant DL58X G5 series is a four-socket, rackoptimised server which comes with either a quad-core Intel (DL580) or AMD (DL585) processor. HP claims the unit holds the title of world’s best four-socket performance per watt in the SPEC power efficiency benchmark. The servers have up to 9MB level 2 cache shared between core pairs and up to 16MB shared level 3 cache and run off a new SSE4 instruction set for lower power operation. The G5 series has high availability features including hot-pluggable and redundant components, allowing users to access processors, memory, hard drives and power supplies while the unit remains secured in the rack. Integrated Lights-Out 2 (iLO 2) technology also allows remote administration from a standard web browser. The G5 series has highly expandable architecture with the ability to add PCI-Express, PCI-X or battery- backed write cache options, the vendor said.
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RRP: from $9595
EMC Clariion CX4-120
Part of the Clariion CX4 Series, the CX4-120 can support dual-protocol Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage area network (SAN) connections with online expansion. The storage array uses EMC’s new UltraFlex technology to easily and non-disruptively incorporate future connectivity technologies such as 8Gbps Fibre Channel, 10Gbps iSCSI and FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet). In addition, the Clariion CX4 Series helps extend the flexibility of VMware environments by now enabling the dynamic addition of I/O ports – along with storage capacity and performance – to the virtual infrastructure. The CX4-120 features built-in disk spin down capabilities that will automatically place inactive drives in sleep mode and activate on demand to save energy. Other features include up to 120 disk drives for a total capacity of 120TB, 6GB of system memory and up to 12 Fibre Channel and/or 8 iSCSI ports. The appliance runs off EMC’s 64-bit Clariion Flare OS.
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RRP: on application
Cisco Nexus 5020 two-RU
Next-generation datacentres have specific server networking needs, and according to Cisco, the Nexus 5020 two-RU switch has been built to deliver an Ethernet- based unified fabric to meet those needs. This switch is based on a layer 2 network capability and delivers more than 1Tbps of switching capacity. It is built upon high-performance 10 gigabit Ethernet, datacentre Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and virtual machine-optimised networking and has 40 fixed wire-speed 10 gigabit Ethernet ports. In addition, two expansion ports support any combination of the following modules – 8-port 1/2/4 gigabit Fibre Channel, 4-port 10 gigabit Ethernet (Data Center Ethernet and FCoE) and 4-port 1/2/4 gigabit Fibre Channel or 6-port 10 gigabit Ethernet (Data Center Ethernet and FCoE). Network and security policies can also be enabled centrally over its fabric architecture.
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