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Cisco, Dell, HP Push Limits of Server Efficiency

intel chipProduct launches from Cisco, Dell and HP and others illustrate the lengths that computer firms are going to introduce new energy efficient devices.

IBM, HP, Dell, SGI, Cray and Super Micro are using the newest Intel chip, the “Westmere,” to help gain energy efficiency in their machines, reports eWeek.

The chip, which features a six-core Xeon processor, is just the tip of the iceberg for Intel. It is readying eight-core and 12-core options too.

Intel said the new release, the Xeon 5600 series, offers improvements in performance, service virtualization and power consumption, with applications ranging from data transactions to workstations performing medical imaging and digital prototyping.

Intel said the chips offer improved virtualization and performance.

In its use of the new processors, HP estimates a 20-to-1 consolidation ratio. Compare that to the 11-to-1 ration it has currently with G6 servers powered by Nehalem EP processors, according to eWeek.

IBM is using the chips in its System x M3 and BladeCenter servers. IBM says the processors will provide 40-60 percent better performance.

Dell is introducing new system management features as well as new Dell PowerEdge servers, according to a press release.

The Dell Management Console includes a new power monitoring feature that lets IT managers better monitor server power consumption, allowing more informed decisions which can lead to lower energy use and cost savings.

Cisco’s new EnergyWise system is meant to help IT managers control energy use. Originally released just for switches, the system has been expanded to the company’s routing line and now includes EnergyWise Orchestrator, reports ZDNet.

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