The story behind the high-end Xeon has been the same for the past 5 years: Intel's most expensive beats the Oracle alternative in every way you can look at it, and offers better performance per watt/dollar than the massive IBM Power servers. And each time a new generation of quad/octal socket Xeons is born, Intel increases the corecount, RAS features and performance per core while charging a lot more for the top SKUs. From the Intel side, this new generation is no different: more cores, better RAS, slightly more performance per core and ... higher prices.
We proudly present our newest virtualization benchmarking effort: vApus Mark I. The results are quite surprising on the latest server CPUs as it paints a very different picture than...
Johan De Gelas on 5/21/2009
VMmark is supposedly the most important industry standard benchmark today. We investigate the confusing number of different Xeon 5570 VMmark scores and try to understand how relevant VMmark is...
Johan De Gelas on 5/8/2009
VMware takes its first official steps into true Cloud Computing territory; let's have a closer look at what to expect.
Liz van Dijk on 4/22/2009
Better hardware virtualization, a vastly improved server platform, and eight logical cores per CPU: it's no secret that the Xeon "Nehalem" X5570 is the Formula One car among the...
Johan De Gelas on 3/30/2009
We compare RAID configurations of up to 16 SATA drives, up to eight SAS drives, and up to eight Intel X25-E SLC SSDs in different situations and try to...
Johan De Gelas on 3/20/2009
This article is different from the previous ones, as we have changed the methodology we use to evaluate a server CPU. Read on, and find out why we feel...
Johan De Gelas on 12/22/2008
AMD's new 45nm Shanghai CPU launches today and we ran tests using database workloads. What changes, and what remains the same?
Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 11/13/2008
For those readers finding our in-depth studies of various technologies a bit too daunting, we've created an introductory piece that should allow anyone an easy entry into the fascinating...
Liz van Dijk on 10/28/2008
Despite the huge die size and 1.9 billion (!) transistors, the six-core Xeon 74xx is a wallflower, for both the public as Intel's marketing. If you've invested in a...
Johan De Gelas on 9/23/2008
Taking a dive into the inner workings of another form of virtualization: Container-based OS virtualization.
Liz van Dijk on 7/8/2008
The quad-socket market is extremely interesting and exciting as AMD's quad-core Opteron and Intel's quad-core Xeon MP are well matched. We show you our first sixteen core benchmarks.
Johan De Gelas on 6/17/2008
Sun challenges market leaders IBM and HP by claiming that the Sun Fire X4450 can deliver the performance and the functionality of their best 16-core 4U servers in a...
Johan De Gelas on 5/25/2008
If you like to understand how binary translation, paravirtualization, and hardware virtualization work, this article is for you. We delve deep into the heart of VMware ESX, Intel VT-x...
Johan De Gelas on 3/17/2008
We look at the newest AMD and Intel servers and some of the newer storage devices presented at the CeBIT 2008 show.
Johan De Gelas on 3/13/2008
Bits and pieces of what we learned about virtualization at VMworld Europe 2008, which took place in Cannes around the end of February.
Liz van Dijk on 3/10/2008
We provide an introductory look at a versatile answer to safe software deployment and distribution. We have a short overview of the different approaches, and we'll check out some...
Liz van Dijk on 2/25/2008
Google's Mini laid bare: we take a closer look at its functionality and put its performance to the test.
Liz van Dijk on 12/21/2007
The new Xeon 45nm (or Xeon 54xx series) arrived in the lab weeks ago, so a server CPU benchmark update is overdue. However, there is another reason we decided...
Johan De Gelas on 11/27/2007
This is the first article of series of articles in which we explore the world of Storage Area Networks (SANs) in search of affordable storage solutions for SMEs. We...
Johan De Gelas on 11/7/2007
Intel and AMD release new-and-improved quads: AMD ships Barcelona and Intel tweaks the current Xeon. We see how the two stack up against each other in the IT world.
Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 9/18/2007