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He said the R920 also will support Dell's Fluid Cache for SAN application acceleration solution, which CEO Michael Dell demonstrated during the company's Dell World 2013 event in December. The demonstration showed the data center technology delivering more than 5 million IOPS (input/output operations per second) of random reads.

Cisco rolled out three new Unified Computing System (UCS) servers powered by the Xeon E7 v2 processors. The vendor unveiled the C460 M4 rack system—a four-socket, 4U server—and two blade systems, the four-socket B460 M4 and two-socket B260 M4. Cisco officials said the new systems—which like all UCS servers comes with such features as Cisco's UCS Management and SingleConnect technologies—offer organizations even higher-end options within the portfolio.

All this comes at a time when such trends as cloud computing, mobile, big data and data analytics are growing, demanding more processing power and memory capacity. Cisco's B460 M4 system offers up to 6TB of memory and leverages the in-memory processing capabilities of the new Xeons.

"We've talked about memory scaling. … But dominating performance is the name of the game: behemoth processing performance is what we look for at this end of the server spectrum and Intel has not disappointed on this round of new technology," Todd Brannon, director of product marketing for unified computing at Cisco, wrote in a post on the company blog. "The next generation of the Intel Xeon E7 family packs up to 15 cores per processor and delivers an average 2x performance increase compared to previous generation products. Performance will be even higher on specific workloads, for example, up to 3X on database and even higher for virtualization."

Other OEMs announcing systems powered by Xeon E7 v2 chips include NEC, which rolled out the four-socket Express5800/A2000 series scalable enterprise server; SuperMicro, with the four-socket X10 SuperServer; and Fujitsu, with the PrimeQuest 2000 family of high-end servers that offer up to eight sockets, which company officials say offers the performance of Unix systems and the cost efficiencies of x86.

"The server computing market is going through revolutionary times," Hans-Dieter Wysuwa, executive vice president of products technology and channel for Fujitsu's international business unit, said in a statement. "Our new PrimeQuest infrastructure solution presents enterprises with a new choice of platform for running their mission-critical applications, while also providing the perfect building block for incorporating disruptive technologies like in-memory computing."


Originally published on eWeek.
This article was originally published on February 19, 2014
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