Lenovo's new server lineup also includes the Flex System X6 family of mostly pre-engineered systems with the hardware and software bundled closely in one unit. The systems include the four-socket Flex System x480 X6 and eight-socket Flex System x880 X6, which can be customized for databases and analytics. The Flex servers will ship on May 27 starting at $10,415.
IBM also offers Flex servers, but based on its homegrown Power chips, which are based on a different architecture than Intel's x86 chips.
Intel's new chips also have special features that applications can be programmed to tap into. One is TSX transactional memory, which can speed up and secure database transactions. The feature already exists on Intel's latest Xeon E5 chips, but not the low-end E3 chips.
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