The new Flex System™ X6 Compute Node portfolio includes the two-socket x280 X6, the four-socket x480 X6 and the industry’s first eight-socket blade server using Intel® Xeon® processors1—the x880 X6. Featuring exclusive X ARCHITECTURE® innovations and the latest Xeon E7 v2 processors, applications can run up to 100 percent faster than a previous generation four-socket system using the x480 X6 and up to 300 percent faster using the x880 X62. Scale up easily from two-sockets, to four-sockets to eight-sockets as your workload demands change. And maximize uptime with advanced resiliency—so your organization can achieve the full potential of your business-critical applications, implement large virtual machines or run sizeable in-memory databases with greater performance, agility and resiliency.
Flex System X6 Compute Nodes help deliver better performance and more cost-effective results with:
Faster application performance for improved analytics and decision-making capabilities
Reduced hardware and licensing expense
Simple infrastructure management for decreased IT sprawl as your business needs change
Superior RAS features for high availability
No-comprise building blocks of the Flex System infrastructure
Flex System X6 Compute Nodes
Driving cost-efficient performance for cloud and big data workloads.
eXFlash memory-channel storage – ultra-low latency flash storage for significantly faster response times for your business-critical application3
Up to 12 TB of system memory for blazingly-fast, in-memory computing
System agility—Easily scale compute nodes from two-sockets and 3 TB of memory, to four-sockets and 6 TB of memory, to eight-sockets and 12TB of memory—as workload demands increase
More virtual machines—host up to 80 percent more virtual machines per server than previous generation systems for a more efficient data center4
Utilize Flex Node Partitioning to repurpose an eight-socket system into 2 four-socket systems, or 4 two-socket systems, or repurpose a four-socket system into 2 two-socket systems, as workload needs change.
Advanced Page Retire—protect applications from corrupt pages in memory, crucial for scaling memory to terabytes
Automated Processor Failover—maintains access to networking and storage and server management during a processor failure
Rolling Firmware Update Upward Integration Module—update the system firmware without impact on application performance or availability
RAS Upward Integration Module— create and manage policies to proactively maintain high availability of virtual machines
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