Dell and IBM have launched servers that use the new high-end Xeon dual-core Intel 7000 processor.
Formerly codenamed Paxville MP, the dual-core chip is designed to run in servers with four or more processors, which usually run demanding applications such as databases. The solution can also be used to reduce the number of servers a firm needs in its datacentre.
Dell’s new PowerEdge 6800 and 6850 servers have been optimised to work with Microsoft’s SQL Server Database, and have a starting price of £3,800.
IBM's Intel 7000-based solutions are the xSeries 460 and xSeries 366 platforms. The higher-end xSeries 460 scales up to 32 processors and prices start from £12,500. The xSeries 366 has an entry-level price of £6,000.
HP plans to unveil its own Intel 7000-based servers next week.