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  IBM System x3850 X6 HP ProLiant DL580 G8 Dell PowerEdge R920 4U Oracle Sun Server X4-4
Scalable 4-socket server with Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family System x3850 X6 is powered by the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E7-v2 product families and scales from 4- to 8-sockets with 120 cores No scalable 4-socket server No scalable 4-socket server No scalable 4-socket server
3X the memory capacity of previous-generation competitive servers IBM X6 Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family allows for 3X the memory, or 6TB1 3TB 6TB 3TB
eXFlash Memory Channel Storage that allows for Flash storage to be leveraged in the memory DIMM slots 3X lower latency for significantly faster database performance3 Not available Not available Not available
Storage options The x3850 X6 supports 2.5 inch SAS, SATA, and SSDs, 3.5 inch SAS drives and 1.8 inch SSDs HP DL580 G8 only supports 2.5 inch drives The Dell R920 only supports 2.5-inch drives The X4-4 only supports 2.5-inch SAS drives and SSDs
Long-term flexibility and investment protection Supports processor and memory technology upgrades to the next generation as workload demands change4 Not available Not available Not available
Predictive Failure Tool that can provide up to 48 hours notice that a component may fail. Select models feature PFA on memory, hard disk drives, CPUs, fans, blowers and voltage regulator modules Hard disk drives, memory, CPU Hard disk drives, memory -
Lightpath Provides easy notification and identification of a failed component, via an externally visible panel - even if the power is off Insight Display - -

Scalable 4-socket server with Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family

IBM x3850 X6 server with the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-v2 product families is scalable from 4- to 8-sockets with up to 120 cores.

HP offers the 4-socket Proliant DL580 G8 server with Intel Xeon E7-v2, but it will not scale to 8 sockets.

Dell offers the 4- socket server with Intel Xeon E7-v2, but it will not scale to 8 sockets. In addition, Dell does not even offer an 8- socket server.

3X the memory capacity of previous-generation competitive servers

Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family allows for 3X the memory, or 6TB

eXFlash Memory Channel Storage that allows for Flash storage to be leveraged in the memory DIMM slots

IBM eXFlash memory-channel storage produces 3X lower latency for significantly faster database performance and a total of 12.8 TB2 of flash storage on the memory bus.

HP Proliant DL580 G8 does not have flash storage that fits in memory slots.

Dell PowerEdge R920 does not have flash storage that fits in memory slots.

Oracle Sun server X4-4 does not have flash storage that fits in memory slots.

Storage options

IBM delivers more storage options with the x3850 X6, including 2.5-inch SAS, SATA, and solid-state drives; 3.5-inch SAS drives; and 1.8-inch SSDs.

HP Proliant DL580 G8 only supports 2.5 inch drives

Dell PowerEdge R920 only supports 2.5-inch drives.

Oracle Sun server X4-4 only supports 2.5-inch SAS drives and SSDs.

Long-term flexibility and investment protection

IBM X6 servers provide investment protection. Compute books can be updated with new processor or memory technology instead “rip and replace.”
Simply slide out the old Compute Books and slide in the new. The chassis doesn’t change, and neither do the I/O Books, Storage Book, power supplies, fans.

HP DL580 G8 does not have this capability.

Dell PowerEdge R920 4U does not have this capability.

Oracle Sun server X4-4 does not have this capability.

Predictive Failure

IBM
Extensive IBM Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) support provides advanced warning that a component may fail. PFA illuminates the appropriate light path diagnostics indicator and optionally can send a message to the system administrator. On specific servers, PFA support is enabled for hard disk drives, memory, processors, fans, voltage regulator modules and power supplies. By comparison, many competitive systems offer PFA only for hard disk drives, memory and in some cases processors.

HP and Dell
PFA Comparison IBM System x HP ProLiant Dell PowerEdge
Hard disk drives Yes Yes Yes
Memory Yes Yes Yes
Processors Yes Yes No
Fans Yes No No
VRMs Yes No No
Power supplies Yes No No

Lightpath

IBM
Light path diagnostics is a pop-out/drop-down panel with an LED for each major component — processors, memory, hard disk drives, power supplies, fans/blowers, and voltage regulator modules (system-specific). When the system cover is opened, another LED beside the specific component — such as DIMM Slot 12 — identifies the failed part. There is no fumbling about, trying to determine which of the DIMMs needs replacement. And light path diagnostics works even when the server is unplugged. Consider the amount of time light path diagnostics could save your technicians over the life spans of dozens or hundreds of servers. Plus, shorter servicing time can mean less downtime for your servers.

HP
HP Insight Display provides similar functionality to light path diagnostics on their ProLiant DL585 M2, but Insight Display doesn’t function when the power is turned off. Additionally, on 1- and 2-socket servers and blades, Insight Display is not as comprehensive as light path diagnostics.

Dell
Dell has diagnostic lights covering only a limited number of components and they don’t function when the power is turned off.

Oracle
Oracle does not offer similar functionality.

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