Why Small Businesses and Educators should care about Intel Xeon processor 3400 series based servers?

Intel has launched entry 1 socket servers based on Intel® Xeon® processor 3400 series and Intel® 3400 series chipset. So what? Why should a small business refresh a desktop based IT infrastructure with a server one or refresh an existing server(s) with Xeon 3400 based server? How do these new servers help educators?

As a background, there are a large number of small businesses today with no or limited IT that are either using desktops or running server operating systems on desktops for running their day to day operations. These small businesses are frequently characterized as DTOS (Desktop-On-Side) users. While DTOS may be perceived as a low cost way of meeting IT needs by small businesses, there are several limitations to this approach that can cost much more in the longer term. Desktop solutions can’t keep up with the business forever as they are not designed for continuous use or supporting multiple users, thereby putting a lid on employee productivity and business growth. Also, desktop used as a server and supporting multiple clients can cost a business dearly in the event of a downtime or silent corruption of a financial transaction due to transient memory errors.

Intel® Xeon® processor 3400 series based servers provides more dependability over desktop systems by protecting critical data through differentiated features such as ECC (Error Correcting Code memory) and RAID 0/1/5/10 for server operating systems. ECC helps detect and correct single bit memory errors which eliminate the need for rebooting a system to fix most errors.  This reduces business downtime and minimizes corruption of critical data. RAID 0/1/5/10 provides additional data protection by providing a data backup on multiples hard drives in the event a single drive should fail. The cost of downtime can quickly negate any perceived savings from using DTOS.

These servers based on new Nehalem micro architecture are designed to help small businesses grow by enabling up to 64 percent more sale transactions and up to 56 percent faster business response time. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enable these servers to automatically adapt their performance to unique business needs. These improvements are significant enough for a small business to replace a 3 year old desktop to get greater that 200% better performance. Xeon® 3400 processor based servers also deliver new capabilities such as support for 6 RDIMMs (Registered Dual In-Line Memory Module), not available on desktop or prior generations. Option for 6 DIMM slots provide headroom to keep employees productive as the business needs grow by enabling 32GB of memory capacity (4x the prior generation), providing flexible memory configurations and future cost effective upgrades. Performance headroom enables a small business to support more simultaneous users.

Entry servers are also starting to find place in classrooms and schools. As the usage of computers in classrooms starts becoming rampant, there is need for sharing content such as email, files and web content and print services similar to small business needs. These new servers improve education by enabling dependable classroom collaboration and making school administrative services more productive.

So to summarize, Intel Xeon processor 3400 series are ideal for small businesses stepping up to a first server, companies or government agencies

requiring a dedicated server for a workgroup, or education departments that need a server to support multiple clients. These servers provide technologies designed to deliver 24/7 dependability to help improve productivity and performance that automatically adapts to changing workloads at an entry-level price point comparable to desktop systems. Any price premium is likely due to additional server features, many of which can lead to reduced operating costs in the long run.

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For more information on Intel® Xeon Processor 3400 series based platforms, please look at the attached product brief or go to http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/products/server/processor/xeon3000