For the inevitable comedian who thinks he's being witty by posting a comment asking, "Yes, but can it run Crysis," the answer is, "Yes, it can, so go out and buy a dozen of them." That's wrong, of course, but IBM's latest Power7-based system does have what it takes to top the 10 million transactions per minute mark using the industry standard TPC performance benchmark, IBM says.
With a 10,366,245 tpmC score, IBM lays claim to the highest TPC-C benchmark result using a Power Systems configuration with its DB2 database software. According to IBM, that's more than twice as fast as HP's best result, and 35 percent better than what Oracle was able to achieve.
That's impressive, even if it isn't designed to run Crysis, or any other game for that matter. So who can use these systems?
"Smarter healthcare providers, cities, retailers, smarter energy grids, and financial systems, all require support for ever greater data volumes and transaction throughput," said Arvind Krishna, General Manager, IBM Information Management. "The results of this benchmark demonstrate how IBM innovations combine to deliver unprecedented performance and cost efficiency for data intensive applications. Not only can you scale to massive data volumes and transaction throughput, but you can do so economically in an energy efficient way."
The record breaking benchmark score was achieved using DB2 9.7 with a cluster of three IBM Power 780 servers, each one sporting 8 processors, 64 cores, and 256 threads.
Lenovo on Tuesday unveiled its first line of low-end servers for SMBs, MSPs (managed service provides), and enterprises looking for less powerful systems for its branch offices, Lenovo announced.
"Lenovo is entering a new server space," Tom Ribble, director of ThinkServer marketing, said in an interview with eWEEK. "We've got a lot of features built in, and that creates great value for the price point."
Those features include advanced RAID, Web-enabled management capabilities, hot-swappable hard drives, and DVD burners. Powering the systems are Intel's Xeon 5500 and 5600 series processors.
According to Ribble, the revamped ThinkServers will appeal to wide variety of customers. SMBs, for example, will be drawn to the bang-for-buck factor, while MSPs will have expanded options for their server farms.
"The opportunity is very strong with the SMB business," Ribble added.
IBM is all abuzz about its new zEnterprise mainframe server along with a new systems design the company says allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7, an System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system.
"The new systems design combines IBM's new zEnterprise mainframe server with new technology -- the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension and the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource manager -- that enable it to manage workloads running across System z, and select POWER7 and System x servers," IBM said. "The new technology is the result of an investment of more than $1.5 billion in IBM research and development as well as more than three years of collaboration with some of IBM's top clients around the world."
Big Blue isn't revealing too much in the way of specific hardware, but did say that its zEnterprise 196 -- the core server in the zEnterprise System -- comes crammed with "96 of the world's fastest, most power microprocessors running at 5.2GHz," and is capable of executing more than 50 billion IPS (instructions per second).
In Acer's ongoing quest to become the top dog in all corners of the PC market, the company is reportedly diving deeper into data centers and plans to offer its own line of severs. The servers, which will be for Acer' e-Enabling Data Center (eDC), will start rolling out within the next 60 days, says Simon Chang, eDC head honcho and vice president of Acer.
Up to this point, Acer has been outsourcing the vast majority of its servers for eDC to IBM and Hewlett-Packard. Now confident with the strides the company has made in improving quality and performance, Acer wants to put a bigger focus on its server business, and this will mark the first time Acer will adopt branded servers in its eDC.
Seagate has come out with a new storage solution the company says is best suited for small businesses. It's the BlackArmor NAS 400, the newest addition to Seagate's BlackArmor line, and it comes with flexible storage options.
No big surprise that Seagate recommends pairing the device with their own low power Barracuda 3.5-inch drives, and the company says it also works with the new Barracuda XT hybrid drive. Either way, businesses have the option of running a RAID 0/1/5/10 or JBOD configuration, as well as hot-swapping HDDs.
Other features include Microsoft Active Directory 2003/2008 support, remote access, full system recovery software, event notifications, and four USB ports to add even more storage (or to share a USB printer).
The BlackArmor NAS 400 is available now starting at $400.
Netgear, which specializes in communications equipment and computer networking gear, launched its ReadyNAS Ultra lne of network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
Available models include the ReadyNAS Ultra 2, 4, and 6. Pricing starts out at $600 for the two-bay Ultra 4, but you'll have to add your own storage. Otherwise, Netgear will fill it with a pair of 2TB hard drives for $900. The Ultra 6, meanwhile, includes both a diskless version for $900, and a $1,350 model filled with three 2TB hard drives.
Netgear admits the NAS boxes "aren't the cheapest, but that's because we believe that they're the most innovative in the market." All three models come with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 6 configurations and can serve as a dedicated NAS device for a TiVo box.
The Ultra 4 and 6 will ship later this month, while the Ultra 2 will ship in October. Netgear did not reveal any configuration or pricing information for the Ultra 2.
IBM now holds the world record for the highest SPECjbb 2005 benchmark ever achieved by a two-socket, x86 server, and Big Blue wants the whole world to know about it. You'll have to excuse us if we help them out a little.
A pretty remarkable feat, IBM's System x3690 X5 server clocked 1,015,260 business operations per second on the popular benchmark, which is used to evaluate performance of servers running typical Java applications. The benchmark record also gives IBM more ammunition to market its x3690 X5, which according to Big Blue is the only scalable two-socket server designed to support critical enterprise applications and external memory expansion.
Lantronix’s SecureLinx SpiderDuo KVM switch is a lot like a crappy IMAX movie on opening day: You pay a premium for the ticket, wait in line for hours, acquire a less-than-stellar seat in the second row, for what? A lame piece of cinema with a ton of window-dressing.
The SecureLinx SpiderDuo looks to be a perfect fit for a corporate environment—it’s setup process is certainly not ready for prime time in the consumer market. You connect the device to a business-grade PC using a provided serial-to-Ethernet cable for initial configuration, during which you can tweak all sorts of network settings based on your internal LAN setup.
During a recent press meeting, the Tokyo Institute of Technology talked up details of its Tsubame 2.0 project, a next-gen supercomputer slated to start crunching numbers in the fall of 2010.
"It will be the first petaflops computer in Japan," said Satoshi Matsuoka, professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computer Center (GSIC) of the University. "And it will be the world-class supercomputer system for our university."
At full bore, Tsubame 2.0 will be capable of computing 2.39 PFLOPS, making it the second most powerful supercomputer in the world. It will also be one of the greenest supercomputers on the planet, helped in large part by 173.9TB of SSD storage.
"By using them to input and output local data (that are not shared by other nodes), the performance of the entire system can be enhanced," Matsuoka added.
SGi this week announced the release of its InfiniteStorage 5000 RAID storage system. With an advanced feature-set and flexible configuration options, SGI hopes to attract mid-market customers. It's also SGI's first storage system to employ 6Gbps SAS technology, the company said.
"As data volumes in the enterprise continue to grow, increased performance, reduced power consumption and system flexibility are of primary concern to customers," said Rick Chapek, SGI senior vice president of hardware engineering. "By utilizing 6 Gb/s SAS technology, SGI InfiniteStorage 5000 brings performance, reliability and a strong feature set normally seen in high-end Fibre Channel systems to an aggressive entry-level price point."
On the performance front, SGI's swank new device pushes up to 4,000MB/s on sustained reads from disk, which is 4x faster than the company's previous generation product. It also boasts 40,000 IOPS random disk reads, or twice as much as before.
The InfiniteStorage 5000 is available now with pricing provided upon request.