Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has expanded its range of mission-critical Integrity servers with a new line based on Intel's Xeon E7-8800 v3 processors, designed to operate Linux-based workloads and especially those calling for in-memory database handling.
Available from next month, the HPE Integrity MC990 X Server can be configured with up to 144 compute cores and up to 6TB of memory to provide "a magnitude of performance gains with in-memory database technology", the firm said. Prices start at $70,000 and the system is available to order from 16 February.
HPE said that the new Integrity system has been designed to meet the growing demand for real-time decision-making and online transaction processing, as well as address the challenges of an increasing number of mobile transactions and growing volumes of data.
"This new server is designed for large business processing and supporting Linux workloads. It complements the existing Integrity product line of mission-critical solutions and reinforces our commitment to deliver the right compute for the right workload at the right economics, every time," said Randy Meyer, HPE's vice president for mission-critical solutions, announcing the new system on HPE's blog.
HPE (or HP as it then was) introduced its first Integrity systems based entirely on x86 processors just over a year ago in the shape of the Integrity Superdome X and Integrity NonStop X. Like the MC990 X, these run Linux-based workloads, rather than HP-UX, HPE's version of Unix that is exclusively available on Itanium-based Integrity systems.
The MC990 X is an eight-socket system based on the newest generation of Intel's Xeon-E7 enterprise server chips, which includes configurations up to the 18-core Xeon E7-8890 v3 and supports DDR4 memory.
Operating systems supported are Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 and 12, Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 6 and 7, and Oracle Linux 7.
Meyer disclosed that the MC990 X has been made possible thanks to a technology partnership between SGI and HPE, whereby HPE is able to license the firm's SGI UV technology as the foundation for this particular system.
This uses a high-speed interconnect called NUMAlink to enable very large amounts of shared memory between processors, thus helping to accelerate in-memory workloads such as SAP HANA.
"With this agreement, we can meet the time-to-market demands, while delivering the highest value to customers to meet all of their performance, scalability and availability requirements," Meyer said.
"Customers looking to support scale-up Linux workloads with eight-socket capacity and efficiency need to look no further than the MC990 X."
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