Do I need a four-socket server?
Today, 80 percent of the worldwide x86 rack-server revenue comes from one- or two-socket servers. So why do...
X6 servers are the high end of Lenovo’s server portfolio. The x3850 X6 is a 4U rack server scalable to four processors. The x3950 X6 is an 8U rack server scalable to eight processors. These X6 servers have many advantages over alternative servers. Listed below are the top 10.
1) High Compute Performance
The Lenovo X6 servers deliver exceptionally fast application performance. Equipped with the new Intel Xeon processor E7-4800 & E7-8800 processors, the x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 servers can deliver up to 6.0 TB or 12 TB of memory and 72 or 144 cores of processing power, respectively. Armed with these capabilities, you can host essential mission-critical applications, implement large virtual machines, or run sizeable in-memory databases without compromises in performance, capacity or scalability. The X6 servers have held numerous #1 performance benchmarks across the industry.
2) Agile Design
The agility and adaptability of the Lenovo X6 modular rack design enables you to design a fit-for-purpose solution that meets your needs. You can also realize infrastructure cost savings by hosting multiple generations of technology in a single platform.
Read the blog The X6 Modular Book Design.
3) Scale-Up Enterprise Applications
Several application and workloads lend themselves particularly well to scale-up, four-socket servers rather than scale-out deployments with smaller servers. Factors contributing to a decision to scale up rather than scale out include processing and memory requirements, number of end users, scalability cost and administrative cost. Lenovo X6 servers are the perfect scale-up solution with their tremendous memory, high compute performance and large I/O capabilities.
Read the blog Do I Need a Four-Socket Server?
4) Server Consolidation
By consolidating to fewer and more powerful Lenovo X6 servers, you can achieve real business benefits of reduced operating costs, reduced power and cooling costs and reduced software licensing costs. You can improve utilization, improve application performance and extend data centre life.
By consolidating workloads to X6 servers, you can experience savings in a number of categories. Without consolidation, these costs will increase because larger numbers of physically separate servers are needed to support the workloads and to support all of the end users accessing the servers
Read the blog Lenovo X6 Server Consolidation.
5) Tremendous X6 Memory Capabilities
Lenovo X6 servers support up to 96 DIMMs or 6 TB of memory in a four-socket configuration and 192 DIMMs or 12 TB or memory in an eight socket configuration. Almost all two-socket servers max out at 1.5 TB of memory. The large X6 memory capabilities allow clients to support memory-intensive workloads and implement large virtual machines or run sizeable in-memory databases without compromise.
6) Increased Reliability, Availability and Serviceability
Lenovo X6 servers feature advanced reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features. Differentiated X6 self-healing technology proactively identifies potential failures and transparently takes necessary corrective actions. These built-in technologies drive the outstanding system availability and uninterrupted application performance needed to host mission-critical applications.
Read the blog The Only Good Downtime is NO downtime.
7) Faster Service Delivery
Lenovo XClarity used with X6 servers is a new centralized resource management solution that enables administrators to deploy infrastructure faster and with less effort. XClarity provides automated discovery, monitoring, firmware updates and compliance, pattern-based configuration management and deployment of operating systems and hypervisors to multiple systems.
Lenovo XClarity can help you do the following:
8) SAP X6 Solutions
SAP Applications – Support your core business operations with leading SAP applications, processes and technologies designed to work together in a fully integrated business suite powered by cutting-edge x3850 and x3950 X6 servers. The X6 solution provides a powerful platform for your mission-critical SAP Business Suite applications. Integrating hardware, software and memory advancements, the X6 enterprise servers are designed to be faster, more agile and more resilient.
X6 is an ideal platform for SAP customers that are looking for reliability, manageability and scalability with the flexibility to run Windows or Linux. X6 provides a cost-efficient, scalable platform with superior performance and unmatched reliability.
SAP HANA – The Lenovo X6 enterprise servers are designed to provide faster performance and support for more memory. Using self-contained compute books SAP HANA on X6 is purpose-built to support large scale SAP HANA deployments.
A study done by International Technology Group (ITG) on the cost/benefit of SAP HANA deployments found the Lenovo X6 servers to be the lowest cost solution for scale-out deployments
Read about Lenovo SAP HANA Solutions.
9) Microsoft X6 Solutions
The Lenovo x3850 and x3960 X6 are the ideal platforms for SQL Server consolidation. The Lenovo X6 servers are designed for high throughput from processor to memory to I/O, which makes them ideal for consolidating many established, mature SQL Server workloads that are running on individual servers. In some cases, these older servers are under-used and are not capitalizing completely on valuable data centre resources, such as space, power or cooling.
You can depend on the System x Solution for Microsoft SQL on X6 to provide the speed, scalability and resilience you need, along with the bottom line results your business demands.
10) VMware X6 Solutions
The VMware vCloud Suite on Lenovo X6 servers offers an extremely fast, agile and efficientVMware vSphere-based private cloud and simplified management solution designed to meet the needs of IT organizations managing today’s data-intensive, mission-critical workloads.
Read the white paper Lenovo and VMware Partner to Enable the Last Mile in Your Virtualization Journey.
You have many choices when choosing servers for your data centre. The Lenovo X6 servers have many advantages over alternate servers from pure feature capabilities, consolidation and solution advantages.