Why the Single Processor Server?
If history is any indication, you will be doing more with less in every part of your life. With servers, the same adage applies. This is where the single socket server rises to the top. In the past, this low end workhorse would be “just enough” for the budget conscious reseller. That poor server would be shoved in a closet, or under a desk, or simply left out for the world to see. Well friends, times are changing. Let's talk more about where we are today and what tomorrow will bring.
Nexlink Servers featuring the Intel Xeon Processor E3 include the IP-P4304BTL pedestal and the IP-R1304BTL 1U rack. They are the basis of a bunch of configurations allowing some specific uses. In its simplest form, the Intel Xeon processor can be a single use application server. The quad core Intel Xeon Processor E3 provides the basis for both series. If you are looking for a ton of speed, it is there. They have started the processor speed at 3.1 GHz and that is more than enough for your single application.
Now, let’s say you are doing a little more with less. That is more the realistic approach. Good news is you are still getting a Quad core Intel Xeon Processor up to 3.6GHz and 8 threads to use. This is a common scenario for Windows Small Business Server 2011 and all its features. When you create the network environment with this basis, you can be assured the there is a great deal of performance. Referencing the independent study done by Principled Technologies, there can be increases in performance of close to 500% over the Snow Hill series server from a few years ago. The increase in performance over the last generation is about 33% which is pretty serious. Take a minute and review this performance report.
The need to pile on applications does have its limits. Limits on RAM will keep your aspirations in check. There will be a time and place for much more RAM and we will discuss that in a couple months. Note - the 3rd quarter will bring another player into this segment to help
For virtualization, there is a lot to offer in the single socket server. With Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V, leveraging the ability to stretch processor sharing will allow you to do your Domain Controller and a remote desktop or two, live on the same box. With VMware ESXi, this allows for more VMs on it than the Hyper-V host. Again, more with less… lots of options.
When you approach your customer, you have the option of placing the Intel Xeon Processor E3 in many applications as we discussed. Tested operating systems include Windows 2008R2 and 2011, several Linux variants, several Unix variants, and Vmware too. The approach for small business is about the same all over. For most SMBs, they have one principle application that is "do or die" for them. This is where the upgrade in spec and satisfying the basic need is met. Face it, we have all seen the hardware specs when they call out a P4 and 512 Megs of RAM. Where are you going with that?
Some advantages to the Nexlink Server platforms, using the Intel Xeon Processor E3, include a multitude of custom configurations, extended warranties up to 5 years, US-based support, and on-site 24/7 support available. Resellers are also leveraging the partnerships with Seneca and their partners. This is extending relationships from the End User to the vendor partners, placing a lot of people in your corner.
Future posts will give you some insight into the next dual socket Nexlink servers…as well as thoughts on storage and small VDI implementations.