Dual Opteron Servers

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Given that we're all constantly seeking higher speeds in our computers along with better efficiency, it's sometimes difficult to remember that the personal computer is barely a few decades old. To be fair though, computerization has brought a "need for speed" to the world of business. Now any big organization can rise or fall by the speed and capacity of its servers and network.

Significance of Opteron

Every time we think "this is it, it can't get any faster," though, someone goes and ups the ante. This time it's a new type of processor called Opteron. These new Opteron processors are the latest technology to enhance servers and workstations. Dual Opteron servers are at present the ultimate, and are remarkable because they also enhance the efficiency of applications. In a nutshell, Opteron has rendered Pentium 4 history. Despite the fact that Intel, and others, have struggled to produce versions of their products that can compete with Opteron, these are all considerably more expensive, so Opteron still wins by a large margin.

In fact, with a dual Opteron Server, you can run 32-bit and 64-bit applications without sacrificing any efficiency at all. This is a first. In addition, an integrated memory controller within the system decreases latency. So who might need this kind of facility? While a 32-bit system can handle up to 4 GB of memory, with 64-bit it is possible to access up to 16 TB.

This is a revelation for those organizations that are running huge databases that need to be accessed via a network. The bottom line with dual Opteron servers is that you're getting much more computing power for a far lower budget than has been possible up to now. Smaller organizations can now afford the kind of network system that has previously only been available only to the big boys.

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