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May 09, 2012

The PowerEdge C5220 to Feature Intel's Xeon E3-1200 V2 chips

Dell’s PowerEdge C line of microservers, low-powered individual dedicated physical servers that support AMD (News - Alert) and Intel architectures, are designed for companies that require scalability, density and efficiency. They are intended to be used in scale-out hyperscale computing environments and for those that demand a multi-core CPU architecture and extensive virtualization.

Dell’s (News - Alert) C5000 series of PowerEdge microservers, which includes the C5125 and C5220, are a new C-line of machines that are appropriate for scale-out power and space data centers or in cloud/cluster application environments. They cater to customers in search of compute density and power efficiency.

Customers can benefit from one of these microservers as they are easy to deploy and manage; they are often used to support web applications like Web 2.0, cloud computing applications, high-performance computing (HPC) applications and content delivery networks (CDN).

When considering which Dell microserver to buy, one might want to go with the PowerEdge C5220, which, according to a report by Computerworld, provides better performance-per-watt and greater energy efficiency than traditional servers when executing transactions. Embedded with 2- or 4-core Intel (News - Alert) Xeon E3-1200 series or Core i3-2120, the C5220, which supports up to 12 independent server nodes in a 3U chassis for virtualized hosting, brings the most compute power. It draws up to 65 watts in the least amount of space.

Other than supporting up to 32GB of memory and up to 4TB of SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) or 2.4TB of serial-attached SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) storage, it is capable of providing four times the density with 75 percent less time to cool.

It is easy to understand why customers choose the C5220 microserver; as explained by the Data Center Solutions (DCS) division, it can improve hosting, performance, cooling and efficiency.

Recently, however, Dell announced it will update its PowerEdge C5220 microservers with Intel's first Xeon server processors based on the Ivy Bridge, new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture, a platform used by the new generation of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

Shall customers hold off to buy this microserver? Rumors suggest it will be faster and more power-efficient than previous E3 chips due to being based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture.

As of today, Dell has yet to provide more info on this new PowerEdge C5220 microserver, but that should all change very soon. One might just want to stay posted on this system as it will be Dell’s first server to run the new Xeon E3-1200 V2 chips, said to be faster and more power-efficient than 2D transistors found in existing 32-nm process chips.

Edited by Braden Becker

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