Xeon 5600 Dedicated Servers

The number of packages offered by webhost providers is perceived to be numerous especially when it was categorized into the list below:

  • Shared Webhosting
  • VPS Hosting
  • Dedicated Hosting

Client and Server Segregation

Due to the difference in the type of packages purchased by website owners, most webhosting companies normally use a different type of server for each of their client segment. The Xeon 5600 series is more appropriate for the dedicated hosting services since it is designed to maximize energy efficiency as well as provide industry-leading performance. The reason for its appropriateness is that the 5600 series is suited for the requirements of a business website and includes tasks such as:

  • Infrastructure computation
  • High density computing
  • Cloud computing
  • High-performance computing (HPC) applications

This is done through 64-bit multi-core servers and workstations that are separated into one-way and two-way processing. The reason why some webhost companies purchase the 5600 processor series is that it is faster by nine times when compared to single-core servers. The 5600 processor automatically adjusts the power state of the CPUs and its memory so that energy use is decreased while optimizing the server performance.

This is due to the included Hyper-Threading technology that automatically increases the processor performance and use depending on the workload demand. The 5600 series performance is primarily dependent on the smart features such as:

  • Frequency variation
  • Processing cores and thread
  • Memory and processor connection speed
  • Cache memory

When compared to 2-socket single-core servers, the 5600 series has a faster performance by 15 times. The energy use of the Xeon X5570 is considered to be higher when compared to the Xeon X5670 and is estimated to have a better processor performance by 41%. But the most significant difference in performance between the 5300 and 5600 series is at 228% especially when the Xeon X5365 and the Xeon X5670 is compared.

Hardware Budgets of Webhost Providers

The flexibility of the 5600 series is that it does not strictly require the webhost provider to make use of the same processor type or model. This means that different series and models of the Xeon processors can be used within the same server pool or data center. Therefore, the webhost provider can maximize their investment in the different Xeon processor without resorting to regular hardware upgrades, which can become very expensive in the long run.

The high similarity of the features offered in the various Xeon series improves the performance consolidation of multiple processor models. This means that the operating costs of the webhost provider is minimized and therefore the resulting savings can be passed on to the existing and new website owners.

Power Maximization

The 5600 series is primarily used to adjust the server performance as well as regulate power consumption depending on the application demand. This is done by shifting the memory and CPU into their lowest power state while using the energy that the current application needs. Therefore, even though a webhost provider has numerous servers in use, the Xeon 5600 can migrate the workload to a lower number of servers. The purpose of which is to lower the number of servers used in order to save energy consumption during non-peak hours.

Models of the Xeon 5600 Series

There are currently twelve different models of the 5600 series which includes energy use between 40 to 130 watts. The value of the 5600 series to consumers is that it offers core speeds between 4 to 6, which means that the consumer can choose to process data between 1.86 to 3.46 GHz. It means that there is a Xeon 5600 processor for any type of business requirement.

However choice between 12 different models can become confusing, but this is mitigated by the fact that there are only three general processor classifications. The three processor classifications are:

  • Advanced
  • Standard
  • Low-Power

The Xeon 5600 advanced classification is easily determined since it has a X prefix, which ranges from 95 to 130 watts SKUs. This means that these are recommended to be used for performance workstations since it requires a larger number of space to cool down. The standard classification is seen to have an E prefix, which is typically used on a rackmount-designed equipment. The low-power classification has an L prefix and is normally used by entry-level SMB servers since it has the lowest clock rates.

Comparing 5600 and 5500 Series for Business Websites

When the Xeon 5680 and Xeon W5580 were compared, the result revealed that the 5600 series operates more efficiently when using threaded software. This means that the 5600 processor series is designed primarily for business websites since they easily operate website applications such as MySQL, which is a database management system. The purpose of including MySQL in a business website is that it compiles a specific set of data to tabular form such as a list of the website’s products, customer’s personal information, financial information, and even order transactions.