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Beefier servers pack more storage, DDR4 memory

Agam Shah | Sept. 9, 2014
HP, IBM, Dell and Lenovo introduce new servers with Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 chips, code-named Grantley.

The ThinkServer TD350, priced starting at $1,629, is a 4U tower server with more than twice the memory capacity and double the storage capacity of its predecessor. The server supports up to 512GB of memory and 90TB of storage.

The ThinkServer RD550 and RD650 rack servers, which start at $1,829 and $1,929 respectively, have different storage capacities. The 1U RD550 has 12 storage bays and support for up to 26.4TB of storage, while the RD650 has 26 storage bays with support for up to 74.4TB. Both the servers support 768GB of DDR4 RAM. The servers are faster and have more memory and storage than previous rack servers, Lenovo said.

Lenovo's servers will become available in the first week of September.

Dell's new servers include the PowerEdge R630, a 1U rack server that supports up to two Xeon 18-core chips, 768GB of memory, and 23TB of solid-state drive storage. The 2U PowerEdge R730 has similar processor support and memory capacity, but it also has expansion ports to fit in four graphics processors, which are faster at carrying out specific supercomputing, graphics and engineering tasks. GPUs have also been deployed in servers to serve full Windows virtual desktops.

The 2U, two-socket PowerEdge R730xd has a bit more configuration flexibility than the R730, depending on the task. SSDs can be put storage bays and PCI-Express slots and combined with memory capacity to meet hyperscale tasks. For example, a low-cost configuration with 100TB of storage would be good for email serving or Hadoop, Dell said.

HP's new Gen9 line of servers include the ProLiant BL460c blade and DL360, DL380, DL160 and DL180 dense servers. The servers support up to two Intel CPUs and have varying levels of DDR4 memory and storage support.

 

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