Mark Richardson put me on to an interesting Dell document that seeks so show the advantages of the PE2950 over the HP DL585. Here’s a sample from the executive summary:
“There is a lot of debate these days around what is the optimal hosting platform for a virtualization deployment. Most of this debate is centered around the decision to deploy either 2 socket or 4 socket building blocks as the basis of the infrastructure. In order to illustrate the advantages of using two-socket servers or virtualization over four-socket servers, a test was conducted with VMware Infrastructure 3 on the Dell PowerEdge 2950 and the HP ProLiant DL585 G2. The results of these tests show that three PowerEdge 2950 two-socket servers can provide up to 44% more performance, 57% more performance per watt and a 95% average advantage in price / performance than two HP ProLiant DL585
G2 four-socket servers.”
ps… Paul Tisl who is a regular reader of this blog has pointed out that this Dell Whitepaper is perhaps not as impartial as it might seem (when are they ever!). This is what Paul said in his email:
“Read through the Dell whitepaper you had posted on the board. One thing that I think needs to be highlighted on your page for this is that they are NOT comparing apples to apples for their 3 Dells vs. 2 HP’s. The Dell’s are using Intel’s Quad Core Xeon’s, so they are really comparing 24 CORES on the Dell side VS 16 Cores (4 Dual Core AMDs) on the HP side. They also are running with 1/2 (16GB) on the Dell servers vs. 32GB on the HP servers which will skewer the cost comparisons as well.
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