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Thursday, 02 September 2010 11:55

IBM bets on Opterons for its blades

Written by Nick Farell

For a closer smoother shave
Big Blue has rolled out a new four socket BladeCenter server armed with AMD's Opteron 6100 processor, codenamed Magny-Cours.

It means that IBM has joined rivals Dell, Acer and Hewlett-Packard in offering server system based on Opteron 6100 processor. In fact Oracle is yet to release a server system based on the Opteron family of processors, despite the fact that Sun Microsystems was a long time chum of AMD.

An IBM spokesman said that the addition of the System x3755 M3 to IBM's portfolio was part of its “client focused” programme. Punters who want heavily threaded workloads like Java, virtualisation and transaction processing can increase their performance with a dense, cost-effective solution, he said.

The Magny-Cours Opteron has been getting fairly mixed reviews particularly now that Intel has since overhauled its own Xeon range of servers.

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+8 #1 aussiebear 2010-09-02 12:52
They are Socket G34 based blades, aren't they?

So we can expect Opteron 6200 (Bulldozer) support as well?
0 #2 blandead 2010-09-03 01:39
Yea Magny-Cours is Socket G34 and my understanding is bulldozer should use same HT technology (6400mhz) so I don't think they will need to change the socket for server version. Should be an 8 module-16 core chip for server.
+1 #3 Naterm 2010-09-03 09:25
This thing is a 2U rack server, not a blade. As for the comments, most IT departments aren't going to swap their CPUs. It does make it easier for IBM to incorporate the next generation of AMD processors assuming they fit into the same thermal and power envelope.

The real story here is that IBM, a long time Opteron supporter, isn't particularly interested in this chip. As for Oracle (Sun Micro), they've all but confirmed that they're dumping AMD for good.
0 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-03 15:35
I agree... most companies will go for previous or before-previous generation when it comes to upgrades, best bang for the buck. As for Oracle, well, they're dog poop anyway, a software company can't manage a hardware business very well so who cares.
0 #5 Naterm 2010-09-04 02:56
I don't know what you're talking about when you say previous generations. Considering IT departments are concerned with things far beyond the price of the kit, particularly how much it's going to cost to run. It makes a lot more sense to buy new stuff. Servers are becoming consolidated pools of processing power, memory, and storage. The more you can cram into a given space and power draw, the better. New stuff will let you cram more VMs onto less machines, consume less power at the server, and consume less power to cool the server.

I think the Opteron 6100s make sense for certain situations, basically when you need more than two processors per server but you don't need the massive memory capacity and RAS features of the Xeon 7500. Apparently this situation is rare.
-1 #6 INSPIREARUN 2010-09-04 20:28
Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge's Benchmarks- Defeats Bulldozer , Expels Nehalem http://lensfire.blogspot.com/2010/09/entry-level-sandy-bridge-will-end-up.html
0 #7 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-09 12:40
@Naterm... not exactly. I've seen offering of shanghai and barcelona of a half and down to a 3th of what magny-cours is selling. Granted, performance per die/chip size is less, but they offer a much better value overall, unless you have deep pockets, then we're talking about something else.

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