Nehalem tower servers: Dell, Fujitsu, HP square off

Three new servers based on Intel's latest Xeon CPU combine huge performance gains with excellent management tools; the choice comes down to expandability and price

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Like the Dell and Fujitsu servers, the ML350 comes standard with two Gigabit Ethernet ports. HP uses the Intel 82575EB chip set for its integrated network connectivity, and optional Gigabit and 10 Gigabit PCIe adapters are available.

HP has been in the remote management business for quite some time. Its iLO (Integrated Lights-Out) feature provides secure remote access to a ProLiant server regardless of where it is located. iLO allows admins to power the server up or down, interact with the server prior to system boot-up, and access HP's new Power Regulator power management tools. With an additional license, admins can upgrade to iLO Advanced and gain the ability to install, configure, update, and troubleshoot ProLiant servers using a standard Web browser.

One of the best features of iLO Advanced is its support for virtual media. This allows admins to access files and folders on their remote desktops from the ProLiant prior to boot-up. They can update drivers and firmware on the ProLiant from their remote PC without having to physically install media in the server -- very cool.

Bottom line: Like the Dell and Fujitsu servers, the HP ProLiant blazed through the performance testing. The HP server was the low price leader in this roundup but still offered a substantial number of drive bays and USB ports, and it supports a ridiculous amount of RAM. Power consumption lagged the Dell but beat the Fujitsu. The ProLiant is also quiet, if not as quiet as the Dell, and it comes with excellent remote management.

This story, "Nehalem tower servers: Dell, Fujitsu, HP square off," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in hardware at InfoWorld.com.

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