Server makers jump to support Intel's new chip

Server vendors Monday rushed to show their support for Intel Corp.'s new Xeon processor with IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Computer Corp. providing details on their servers based on the chip.

Intel released the new Xeon MP, code-named Gallatin, this week. The processor has a larger cache than previous Xeons, which should help boost overall server performance. The Gallatin chip was designed to run primarily in four-processor servers and handle both mid-tier and back-end applications.

Server makers are using the chip to bolster their Intel server lines.

IBM has introduced new models of its four-processor xSeries x255, x360 and x440 servers with the Gallatin chips. Users will be able to order four- and eight-processor models of the x440 system by mid-November along with the four processor x255. New models of the x360 system will arrive by early December, IBM said. Prices for the new servers will be the same as previous systems using older Intel chips.

As previously announced, HP will include the Gallatin chips in its four-processor ProLiant ML570 server. HP has seen performance boosts on databases and business applications as a result of the larger cache size and higher clock speeds of the Gallatin chip, the company said.

HP will also release its eight processor ProLiant DL760 in the first quarter of next year.

For its part, Dell has made the new chips available on its PowerEdge 6600 and 6650 servers. The servers will remain the same price as previous models with the Foster Xeon chips. Dell has made 1.5GHz, 1.9GHz and 2.0GHz Gallatin's available.

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