iXsystems Releases the iX-Neutron Server Series, Powered by Intel's® Nehalem Microarchitecture

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iX-Neutron Series utilizes Intel® QuickPath Interconnect to enhance the performance of the CPU's parallel processing capabilities and increase memory bandwidth

The Intel® Tylersburg Xeon 5500 series processors provide performance and power efficiency to greatly benefit servers, such as the iX-Neutron

Intel's® release of their newest CPU architecture, Nehalem, fueled the introduction of revolutionary servers from iXsystems to harness this power: the iX-Neutron series. Servers from the iX-Neutron series leverage the dual socket Intel® Tylersburg Xeon® processors. This processor utilizes new Intel® technologies to boost power, speed, and energy-efficiency to the next level.

The Nehalem processors introduce a major architecture advancement, codenamed Intel® QuickPath Interconnect, which enhances the performance of the CPU's parallel processing capabilities. With integrated memory controllers and high-speed linked processors, Intel® QuickPath Interconnect provides an astounding contribution to memory bandwidth. The increase in memory bandwidth becomes especially noticeable in the two socket platform, utilized in the iX-Neutron server series.

iX-Neutron servers demonstrate the advantages of the Nehalem processors' memory capacity. They support three-channel DDR3 memory, which boasts greater performance, higher efficiency and lower power consumption than their FB-DIMM predecessors. Intel® QuickPath technology uses high-speed point-to-point links to swiftly navigate shared memory, distributed amongst the processors. Dynamically scalable interconnect bandwidth allows these machines to provide phenomenal performance when the system needs it most.

"The Intel® Tylersburg Xeon 5500 series processors provide performance and power efficiency to greatly benefit servers, such as the iX-Neutron," states Michael Lauth, CEO of iXsystems. "The Tylersburg utilizes Intel® QuickPath technology to increase the memory bandwidth of the iX-Neutron servers, allowing them to access data at greater speeds. The great advances in power-saving technology featured in the Intel® Tylersburg 5500 reduce the cost of ownership for the iX-Neutron. Server farms utilizing the iX-Neutron servers will enjoy lower monthly power bills, and faster data management."

The servers from the iX-Neutron series showcase an overall increase in computing power, as well as greatly improved processor usage efficiency, thanks to Intel® Hyper-Threading Technologies. Using multi-threading with each processor core allows the iX-Neutron servers to run demanding applications simultaneously without sacrificing functionality. Intel® Hyper-Threading provides the security, manageability, and efficiency needed by iXsystems clients. As an added bonus, Intel's® Turbo Boost Technology activates and adjusts dynamically based on the required resources for the particular workload, improving overall system efficiency by adapting performance to the application at hand. Intel's Turbo Boost increases the performance of both multi-threaded and single-threaded workloads, but is especially handy for applications that still need performance but can't necessarily take advantage of hyper-threading or the multiple cores available.

Features of the iX-N1204 in the iX-Neutron Server line include the following:

  • 1U Form Factor with 4 Hot-Swap SAS/SATA 3.5" Drive Bays
  • Dual Intel® 64-Bit Socket 1366 Quad-Core or Dual-Core, 5500

(Tylersburg/Nehalem) Series Processors

  • Intel® 5520 chipset with QuickPath Interconnect (QPI)
  • Up to 96GB DDR3 1333/1066/800 SDRAM ECC Registered Memory (12 DIMM Slots)
  • 2 PCI-E 2.0 x8 or 1 PCI-E x16 Expansion Slots
  • Intel® 82576 Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Matrox G200eW Graphics
  • Remote Management - IPMI 2.0 + IP-KVM with dedicated LAN
  • Slim DVD
  • 650W Redundant 80%+ High-efficiency Power Supply

Features of the iX-N2280 in the iX-Neutron Server line include the following:

  • 2U Form Factor with 8 Hot-Swap SAS/SATA 3.5" Drive Bays
  • Dual Intel® 64-Bit Socket 1366 Quad-Core or Dual-Core, 5500

(Tylersburg/Nehalem) Series Processors

  • Dual Intel® 5520 chipsets with QuickPath Interconnect (QPI)
  • Up to 144GB DDR3 1333/1066/800 SDRAM ECC Registered Memory (18 DIMM Slots)
  • 2 PCI-E 2.0 x16, 4 PCI-E x8, (1 in x16 slot) and 1 PCI-E x4 Expansion Slots
  • Intel® 82576 Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Matrox G200eW Graphics
  • Remote Management - IPMI 2.0 + IP-KVM with dedicated LAN
  • Slim DVD
  • 700W Redundant 90%+ High-efficiency Power Supply

Features of the iX-N3216 in the iX-Neutron Server line include the following:

  • 3U Form Factor with 16 Hot-Swap SAS/SATA 3.5" Drive Bays
  • Dual Intel® 64-Bit Socket 1366 Quad-Core or Dual-Core, 5500

(Tylersburg/Nehalem) Series Processors

  • Dual Intel® 5520 chipsets with QuickPath Interconnect (QPI)
  • Up to 144GB DDR3 1333/1066/800 SDRAM ECC Registered Memory (18 DIMM Slots)
  • 2 PCI-E 2.0 x16, 4 PCI-E x8, (1 in x16 slot) and 1 PCI-E x4 Expansion Slots
  • Intel® 82576 Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Matrox G200eW Graphics
  • Remote Management - IPMI 2.0 + IP-KVM with dedicated LAN
  • Slim DVD
  • 800W Redundant 80%+ High-efficiency Power Supply

The iX-Neutron server series provides powerful performance, intelligent design, money-saving energy efficiency, and maximized Return On Investment (ROI) required for today's demanding enterprise server environments. These servers also deliver the ability to run multiple high-performance applications simultaneously and increase productivity, thanks to the latest Intel® multi-threading technology. By taking advantage of the Intel® Nehalem's amazing energy-saving technology, iX-Neutron servers signify a more powerful, greener age of computing solutions.

Pricing and Inquiries:
Industry-leading pricing will vary based on the specific configuration needed. To learn more about the iX-Neutron server series, visit http://www.ixsystems.com/neutron or contact iXsystems by phone at 1-800-820-BSDi. One of our expert sales professionals will provide you with a customized quote that best meets your open source hardware solution needs.

About iXsystems:
iXsystems is the all-around FreeBSD company that builds FreeBSD-certified servers and storage solutions, runs the FreeBSD Mall, and is the corporate sponsor of the PC-BSD Project.

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