New PowerEdge packs punch
Ninth-generation Dell server steps up the speed, storage, and serviceabilityFollow @pvenezia
I began my testing by comparing the performance of the 2950 against a Dell PowerEdge 2800 armed with two single-core 3.6GHz EM64T CPUs and 4GB of RAM. All tests were conducted on RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 4, Update 4, because the hardware in the 2950 is not supported by older versions.
The 2950 easily bested the 2800, showing a performance increase of 20 percent in static page requests per second as measured by the ab benchmarking tool against a static page that was 18KB in size. I then ran the MySQL benchmarking suite against both servers from a third lab server and found the results were even more in favor of the 2950, which showed a gain of nearly 30 percent over the 2800 across all tests, finishing in 1,068 seconds. The CPU utilization was nearly identical in both servers.
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On the management side, the 2950 offers the DRAC (Dell Remote Access Card) 5. Now combining the functions of prior DRACs and the BMC (Baseboard Management Card), DRAC 5 offers IPMI 2.0 support, a Web interface that allows admins to power the system on or off remotely, and virtual media and console support. This new DRAC is much more informative and useful than its predecessor.
It isn’t surprising that the next generation of server products from Dell offers more performance for similar money, but the array of updates in this generation is worth noting, from the SAS and SATA disk options to the updated PERC RAID controller, refreshed DRAC, and support for the newest Intel chips. It’s a solid server that improves on a long heritage.