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Oct 9, 2012

HP ProLiant Servers Smash Performance Record With AMD Processors




Advanced Micro Devices wants today to be a special day, and though the Hondo Z-60 APU should well enough offset NVIDIA's release of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, it never hurts to have another ace up one's sleeve.

As it happens, AMD does, indeed, have one last ace: HP's ProLiant BL465c Gen8 servers, based on the Opteron 6200 processor series. The system, as the highest volume selling blade in the world, achieved a score of 59.99 at 62 tiles, 40 percent better than the previous record of 42.79 at 36 tiles. For those who don't know, VMmark is a free software tool that data center administrators can use to measure the performance and scalability of virtualization platforms. "The new VMware benchmark is a further indication that AMD Opteron processors are ideally suited for virtualization," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of Servers, AMD. "Servers using high core-count AMD Opteron 6200 series processors provide outstanding performance, reliability, scalability and affordable efficiency for virtualized IT environments and cloud computing."

HP's ProLiant BL465c Gen8 servers have two 16-core AMD Opteron 6278 processors each, leading to 496 VMs (virtual machines) with an average of 31 VMs per blade and, thus a cost of $371 / 285-371 Euro per VM. That means a 72% increase in the number of virtual machines, something that all workloads, from client to cloud, will benefit from. Furthermore, the capital expense (capex) is reduced by up to 30 percent versus comparable solutions, thanks to the higher price/performance ratio. Taking into account VMmark 2.1 benchmarks of high-end systems published earlier, the saving can be of $130,000 / 100,100 -130,000 Euro per server rack. AMD will showcase the virtualization servers at VMworld 2012 until October 12 (Barcelona's Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Spain), alongside the SeaMicro SM15000 server and other things.

HP ProLiant BL465c Gen8 server
Image credits to HP

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