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Intel launches first Industry-Standard Qiad-Core Products for high-end, multi-processor servers

Intel Corporation has unveiled the industry’s first quad-core processors specifically designed for multi-processor (MP) servers running applications requiring uncompromised performance, reliability and scalability. Such applications are typically run in virtualized environments for server consolidation and database uses, enterprise resource planning and business intelligence.

The six new Quad-Core Xeon® 7300 series processors can deliver more than twice the performance and more than three times the performance per watt over the company’s previous generation dual-core products. They complete the company’s speedy transition to its innovative and energy-efficient Core™ microarchitecture in less than 15 months. This platform’s energy-efficient performance, coupled with enhanced virtualization capabilities, will enable customers to significantly lower their total cost of ownership.

The energy-efficient 7300 series includes frequencies up to 2.93GHz at 130 watts, several 80-watt processors and a 50-watt version optimized for four socket blades and high-density rack form factors with a frequency of 1.86GHz. The Intel® 7300 chipset with Data Traffic Optimizations provides a balanced platform design with several new technologies that enhance data movement between the processors, memory and I/O connections. HP delivered a new blade world record** for SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark with a result of 3,500 SD users on a HP ProLiant BL680c G5 blade server with four Quad-core Intel® Xeon® processor model E7340s running at 2.4 GHz.

“Intel Xeon-based multi-processor servers are the backbone of the enterprise,” said Tom Kilroy, Intel vice president and co-general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group. “With the new Xeon 7300 series, Intel is now delivering new levels of performance and performance per watt, and driving the Intel Core microarchitecture into such innovative systems as four-socket, 16-core blades that use less energy than our models. It’s simply amazing.”

New Levels of Virtualization and Scalability

By delivering the benefits of the Intel Core Microarchitecture with quad-core performance and Intel® Virtualization Technology to these high-end servers, Intel is providing customers with the ideal platform for virtualization and server consolidation.

In addition to twice the cores, the 7300 series and Intel 7300 chipset offer up to four times the memory capacity of Intel’s previous MP platforms, enabling very large consolidation ratios that can reduce space, power and operation costs.

With the introduction of the Xeon 7300, users will now be able to pool all of their Intel Core microarchitecture based server resources, whether they are single-, dual- or multi-processor based, into a dynamic virtual server infrastructure that allows live virtual machine migration that can improve usage models like failover, load balancing, disaster recovery, or server maintenance. The previously announced Intel VT FlexMigration will assist the seamless addition of Intel’s next generation 45nm Core microarchitecture-based platforms to such resource pools.

“VMware and Intel have worked together to optimize VMware ESX Server* on the Xeon 7300, resulting in new levels of performance for our combined solution,” said Brian Byun, VMware’s vice president, Global Partners and Solutions. “With the introduction of the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon Processor 7300 Series, our partners and customers benefit from increased platform choice and increased performance headroom from the new quad-core four-socket server systems. These advances in the Intel platform, combined with our joint work on enhancing VMware VMotion* compatibility, means increased customer ROI and investment protection for building out their VMware virtual infrastructure.”

The new Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7300 Series-based servers demonstrate outstanding virtualization capability by delivering up to 167 percent performance improvement compared to the previous generation. This result was achieved with Virtual Iron 4.0 Software running the vConsolidate benchmark.

A simultaneous release of a 50-watt processor, or 12.5-watt per core, will drive the production of energy-efficient ultra-dense deployments such as four-socket blade servers and dense rack form factors. Intel is also improving business productivity by offering configurations with large memory footprints and up to 32-way scalability.

Building on the leadership established by the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5300 series, the new Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 7300 series sets new world records** on key industry-standard benchmarks:

HP delivered serveral world record results on its HP ProLiant DL580 G5 server. On the TPC*-C benchmark, which measures database performance, HP shattered the previous record with a score of 407,079** tpmC at $1.71/tpmC using the Microsoft SQL* Server Database. Using the SAP*-SD benchmark, which measures ERP performance, the company set a new record with a score of 3705 SD users**. On the SPEC*web2005 benchmark, which measures webserver performance, HP achieved an all-time record score of 30,261.

A Fujitsu-Siemens PRIMERGY* RX600 S4 server running BEA JRockit JVM delivered a record-breaking SPECjbb*2005 result of 437,412** BOPS, 101 percent better than previous- generation Intel Xeon processor based platforms.

An IBM* System x3850 M2 Server server using the SPECint*_rate_base2006 benchmark, which measures integer throughput, set a new world record with a score of 184**.

A Lenovo R630 G7 server using the SPECint*_rate2006 benchmark, which measures “peak” integer throughput, set a new world record with a score of 214**.

Starting today, servers based on the Xeon 7300 series processors are expected to be announced by more than 50 system manufacturers, including Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM, Sun and Unisys. For channel customers looking for complete platforms based on these new processors, Intel offers the Intel® S7000FC4UR server platform. The platform delivers strong, scalable performance, expansive capacity and proven enterprise-class reliability for virtualization and consolidation.

Many software vendors are also supporting Xeon 7300 based platforms with innovative solutions enabling virtualization and scalable performance. These include BEA, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and VMware. In addition, the Solaris Operating System and thousands of applications that operate on it can immediately take advantage of the performance leadership of Intel Xeon 7300-based platforms offering an enterprise-class, mission-critical UNIX OS for Intel Xeon processor-based servers.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2007 in Technology

 

D-LINK unveils 54Mbps Wireless G Router

D-Link International, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of network products, unveils the newest model of their wireless G router series – the DIR-300. Featuring a sleek black design that fits perfectly into any household, the DIR-300 is a highly affordable dual function device. A router by default, it can also be reconfigured and used as access point to suit individual needs.

“Based on the IEEE 802.11g wireless standard, which is backward compatible with 802.11b, the new DIR-300 is both a router and access point at the same time, providing an all-in-one, convenient solution for consumers,” said Mr. George Wong, Marketing Director, D-Link International Pte Ltd. “Built-in QoS functionality ensures that the DIR-300 is capable of prioritizing data packets to improve the qualities of VoIP and real time multimedia streaming.”

Easy Management and Setup
The DIR-300 features the D-Link Quick Router Setup Wizard, which enables the quick setup of a wireless network in minutes. With an easy to follow process to new hardware and connect to a network, the Wizard configures the Internet Provider (ISP) settings to quickly establish broadband Internet connectivity. It also makes adding new wireless devices on to the network a much easier and smoother process.

Security
The DIR-300 wireless G router includes a built-in firewall that safeguards any network from harmful attacks. Additional security like the MAC address filtering prevents unauthorized network access and parental control features prevent users from viewing inappropriate content. The DIR-300 also supports WEP and WPA encryption.

The D-Link DIR-300 wireless G router is now available at authorized retail, reseller, and distribution partners. For more information about this new product, call Bridge Distribution, Inc. at 781-0581 or Uplink Information System, Inc. at 687-7221/7223. For those interested to find out more about D-Link and its various other products, you may also check out http://www.dlink-intl.com.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2007 in D-Link, Technology

 

HP Expands Quad-core Server Portfolio

HP enhanced its lineup of multi-processor-based server systems built to improve performance and cut costs.

Based on the new Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 7300 series, these energy-efficient servers are designed for customers running data-intensive business applications such as databases, business intelligence, enterprise resource planning and large mail and messaging platforms in virtualized environments.

The rack-based HP ProLiant DL580 G5 server and the HP ProLiant BL680c G5, HP’s first four processor (4P) quad-core server blade, offer increased performance with double the number of processor cores. In addition, the DL580 G5 has double the memory capacity of its predecessor. These enhancements offer customers more compute power and memory to improve the performance of the applications that run their business.

“HP consistently delivers innovative server platforms that allow customers to address their ever-increasing need for virtualization and energy efficiency,” said Veronica Escalante, Industry Standard Servers Product Manager, HP Philippines. “These platforms are designed to provide maximum performance while reducing costs.”

Fine-tuned for virtualization and energy efficiency
The HP ProLiant DL580 G5 is a 4P-based server ideal for virtualization and mission-critical data center deployments. The processor performance and large memory capacity of the DL580 G5 can help improve staff productivity through fewer, yet more powerful, servers to manage with better performing applications.

The HP ProLiant BL680c G5 is also built for performance by using up to four Intel 7300 series processors and has a large memory capacity for data-intensive applications. The BL680c G5 is part of the HP BladeSystem portfolio, which was specifically designed for virtualization, energy-efficiency and ease of deployment and management.

“Using Intel Xeon 7300 series quad-core processors, HP ProLiant servers are delivering unprecedented performance and energy efficiency,” said Tom Kilroy, vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel Corporation. “The new four socket, quad-core Xeon processor systems will provide 16 cores that enable HP to provide customers with superior levels of scalability, virtualization performance and improve their ability to run mission-critical applications.”

To further meet virtualization and power-efficiency requirements, both servers include the following management software tools:
HP Insight Power Manager enables customers to cap power at specific wattages to increase the number of servers in racks or blade chassis while lowering overall costs; and,
The HP ProLiant Essentials Virtual Machine Management Pack (VMM) provides central management and control of both physical server resources and virtual machines, eliminating the need for separate VMM consoles.

HP also announced a joint commitment with Microsoft to define a data warehouse reference platform with the upcoming Microsoft SQL Server 2008 based on the ProLiant DL580 G5 with HP StorageWorks 50 Modular Smart Arrays. The platform is designed to help businesses mitigate risk and deploy their SQL Server 2008 data warehousing solutions with confidence and predictable results.

Continued performance leadership
In online transaction processing, the HP ProLiant DL580 G5 using the Intel Xeon 7300 processor delivers the world’s fastest industry-standard server performance with a record-breaking TPC-C benchmark of 407,079 tpmC @ $1.71/tpmC.(1)

Also, in a recent two-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark, results released on Sept. 3, 2007, show that the quad-core HP ProLiant BL680c G5 server blade with four processors (4 processors/16 cores/16 threads) supported 3,500 SAP SD Benchmark users at 1.97 seconds average dialog response time while achieving 17,550 SAPS, 351,000 fully processed order line items per hour and 1,053,000 dialog steps per hour. CPU utilization was balanced across the processors at 99 percent on the central server, while average database request time (dia/upd) was 37ms/22ms.(2)

Availability and pricing
More information on HP ProLiant servers and HP BladeSystem is available at http://www.hp.com/go/proliant and http://www.hp.com/go/bladesystem, respectively. Please consult your local HP distributor for availability and prices of HP’s quad-core servers.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2007 in HP

 

Solon bats for cheaper Internet-based phone calls

Catanduanes Rep. Joseph Santiago, chairman of the House committee on information and communications technology, is pushing for new legislation that would reduce considerably the cost of telephone calls through the aggressive promotion of Internet-based call services.

Santiago has revived the bill seeking to “totally liberalize” Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), a service that enables people to use the web as the medium for conveying voice calls.

House Bill 1328, authored by Santiago, mandates the NTC to ensure that VOIP services become available to the greatest number of consumers at the shortest possible time.

VOIP is a method for taking analog audio signals, like when talking on the phone, and turning them into digital data that can then be transmitted over the Internet.

The practical upshot of this method is that by using some of the free VOIP software that is available to make Internet phone calls, telephone companies (and their user charges) are totally bypassed.

Thus, VOIP calls do not incur a surcharge beyond what the user is paying for Internet access, much in the same way that the user does not pay anything for sending and receiving electronic mail over the web.

“There is no stopping VOIP. In the United States alone, VOIP subscribers are growing by leaps and bounds. The most conservative studies estimate that more than 44 million Americans will be using VOIP to make calls by 2010,” Santiago said.

Under Santiago’s bill, the NTC would ascertain the interconnection rates to be paid by VOIP service providers to network operators, mainly telephone companies.

The NTC would see to it that VOIP service providers enjoy a fair and reasonable margin, in order to keep them viable.

Network operators would be required “to ensure equal access in terms of quantity and quality” to all entities supplying Internet-based phone services.

Also under the bill, network operators would be banned from discriminating against VOIP service providers, and from degrading in any way the access of their subscribers.

For this purpose, the parties would be required to submit copies of their interconnection or access agreements to the NTC, for monitoring and supervision.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2007 in Government