Intel Xeon 2620 v2 vs. v3 CPU: Benchmarked

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We have already said a lot about the impressive features of the new Intel® Xeon® platform, but at the end of the day, we all know that performance numbers speak louder than words. When a new CPU family arrives in our lab, we make a point of running a suite of demanding benchmarks to get a clear picture of how the new hardware performs. So how does the new v3 Xeon processor stack up against the last generation?

Benchmarking Against the v2 Platform

Every processor line has many product variations, such as core count, frequency, and cache. It was important that this comparison be apples to apples. If we could not create some parity with the hardware in the two test systems, the performance difference between the two processors would not have a lot of meaning. With this in mind, ultimately we decided to use the v2 and v3 versions of the E5-2620 CPUs for these tests.

 
Why did we go with the Xeon E5-2620 CPUs? Though it may not be top-of-the-line, the 2620 has consistently been one of our best-selling processors. It lives in the coveted sweet spot at the confluence of price and performance. This means the test will be relevant to a huge portion of our customer base. Sure, it would be fun to test the all-new 18 core Xeon 2699’s, but those aren’t exactly flying off the shelves.

The second reason is price. In real-world applications, how the specs change from one processor to another are not as important as how much performance you get for your dollar. While the v2 and v3 versions of the 2620 have different specs, they are extremely similar in cost from one generation to the next. This is key, because it lets us compare two systems of almost identical price which makes differences in performance much easier to analyze.

DDR4 Memory

Speaking of pricing, there is one important side note about these two systems. They are similar in price but the v3 system is still slightly more expensive. Didn’t we just get through saying that the processors cost the same? Well, with the move to DDR4 there is currently a slight premium on the cost of the newer memory. This should subside quickly but can make a difference overall. It really depends most on how much memory is in the system. Our test boxes used 32GB each and the overall price difference was less than 2%, so unless you need a vast amount of memory, the price delta should be small.

Benchmark System Specs

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Iris 228-12

Iris 226-12

• Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 Processor
[ 2.4 GHz – 6 cores ]
• 32 GB DDR4 2133 MHz memory
• Intel C612 chipset
• 2U chassis
• MSRP: $4,219
• Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2 Processor
[ 2.1 GHz – 6 cores ]
• 32 GGB DDR3 1600 MHz memory
• Intel C602 chipset
• 2U chassis
• MSRP: $4,156

 
Intel Xeon rack server

Test Results and Synopsis

For these tests, we used the industry standard Linux-Bench live CD. The results were not surprising, with the v3 platform consistently showing an improvement over the v2. The three different C-Ray tests showed a solid gain of between 20%-30%. Hard Info and Redis each showed gains of 12%-25% and 5%-22% respectively. The standout result was OpenSSL with a huge increase in performance from one generation to the next.

What does all this mean from a price per performance metric? When factoring in the prices of the systems we tested, the Iris 228-12 (v3 system) costs a mere 2% more than the older Iris 226-12. With such an improvement in performance with every benchmark we ran, the new Xeon 2620 V3 is undisputedly the performance-per-dollar winner. Individual test results are in the infographic below:

Intel Xeon 2620 v2 and v3 Benchmarks

 

If you have any questions about these servers, the benchmark tests, or the test results, please call us at 888-828-POGO, or email sales@pogolinux.com.

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The Next New Thing: Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 Product Family Launch

Every day, the IT world is bombarded with hundreds of product announcements. Some are interesting, some are boring, and some downright forgettable. When Intel releases a new processor, however, it is truly an event.

 

We are talking about a core change (no pun intended) to almost every Intel server we build — faster performance and greater power efficiency. This is a big deal, and we are very excited to launch an entire line of new servers around the updated platform. Two examples from the new line are shown below.  Click the catalog link below the servers to see the entire line.

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Iris 1281RT Iris 2842T
• Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Processor
• 1U chassis with 4x 3.5″ Drives
• DDR4 memory up to 1024GB
• 10GB Ethernet onboard
• Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Processor
• 2U chassis Quad Node
• DDR4 memory up to 1024GB
• 10GB Ethernet onboard

Click to see the entire catalog of Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 servers

This is a major update to the Xeon Processor Family, so there are numerous changes to the entire platform, including the following:

• Greater core counts
• DDR4 memory
• More QPI bandwidth
• Greater power efficiency
• 40 lanes of PCI-e per socket
• 40GB Ethernet
• NVMe support

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 888-828-POGO, or email sales@pogolinux.com to discuss all the advantages of this latest Intel platform. We’ll walk you through all of the new technologies, and make sure you get just the right server for your needs.

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DataBolt – Getting the Most From 12Gb/s SAS

Avago Technologies DataBolt™ Technology makes it possible to have 12Gb/s connections running at a full 12Gb/s regardless of drive speed. Our new video featuring Ben Smith from Avago Technologies and Pogo CEO Erik Logan gives you a quick overview on how this great new technology can help you maximize the performance of your storage servers.

Here are a few more of the benefits of this great new technology:

• Enables aggregate 12G performance with 6G or 3G drives
• Doubles the bandwidth vs. rate matching
• Reuses existing SAS connection protocol
• Buffer optimized for 32k blocks

Visit PogoLinux.com to configure your own rackmount server utilizing the power of Avago Technologies DataBolt Technology.

From a powerhouse desktop workstation to a multi-petabyte storage system, there’s a Pogo solution that’s perfect for your IT needs. To learn more, visit www.pogolinux.com or call (888) 828-POGO (7646) to speak with a knowledgeable sales advisor.
DataBolt is a trademark or registered trademark of Avago Technologies in the United States and/or other countries. All other brand and product names may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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Pogo partners with SanDisk at HostingCon – Pogo SSD Week

 
Pogo SSD Week continues as HostingCon kicked off yesterday. If you can be in Miami Beach today, you have a great opportunity to see just how transformational SSD technology really is. Pogo is demonstrating our new Iris XF line of SSD-based storage servers at HostingCon. We’re in booth #237 with our partner SanDisk.

About the Iris XF Demo System

Iris Server with SanDisk SSDs
Solid State Drives are perfect for many environments, including virtualization, online transaction processing, databases, and application serving. However, each environment has a different performance requirement, read/write profile, and budget constraint. The Iris XF line of servers is designed to use a variety of drives from the SanDisk line-up, allowing customers to get a system custom-tailored to their specific workload, without over- or under-buying.

Celebrate #PogoSSDweek by visiting PogoLinux.com to read more and configure your own SSD Server.

From a powerhouse desktop workstation to a multi-petabyte storage system, there’s a Pogo solution that’s perfect for your IT needs. To learn more, visit www.pogolinux.com or call (888) 828-POGO (7646) to speak with a knowledgeable sales advisor.
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Pogo SSD Week – See the new video

Pogo SSD Week

Pogo Linux begins “Pogo SSD Week” with ‘A Brief History of Solid State Drives,’ detailing the modern history of SSDs

 
Welcome to Pogo SSD Week!  In honor of the recent launch of our Iris XF Servers, all featuring solid state drives, we have decided to devote the entire week to SSDs.  And what better way to start the week off than with a little history about where all this high speed NAND based madness began!  Solid State Drives were not always the fast, stable storage medium they are today.  There was a long and somewhat painful evolution leading up to the speed and performance available in modern-day SSDs.

Pushing our recall to the max, we put together a brief video documenting this evolution. Please enjoy — pass it along to your storage-hungry friends, too!

More about the Iris XF

 
Solid State Drives are perfect for many environments, including virtualization, online transaction processing, databases, and application serving. However, each environment has a different performance requirement, read/write profile, and budget constraint. The Iris XF line of servers is designed to use a variety of drives from the SanDisk line-up, allowing customers to get a system custom-tailored to their specific workload, without over- or under-buying.

Celebrate #PogoSSDweek by visiting PogoLinux.com to read more and configure your own SSD Server.

From a powerhouse desktop workstation to a multi-petabyte storage system, there’s a Pogo solution that’s perfect for your IT needs. To learn more, visit www.pogolinux.com or call (888) 828-POGO (7646) to speak with a knowledgeable sales advisor.
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Pogo is Your Source for Supermicro

Supermicro Servers from Pogo Linux

Supermicro has established itself as an industry leader in high performance server technology. Their extensive range of server hardware is consistently well engineered and extremely reliable. Their vast line of products provides the foundation for Pogo Linux solutions ranging from compact 1U servers and phenomenally powerful workstations, all the way up to massively dense storage systems.

Supermicro A+ 1U Server

Here are just a few reasons why Pogo Linux is your best source for Supermicro servers:

Supermicro Rack1. Experience

Supermicro servers have been a Pogo specialty since the 1990s. For the past fifteen years, Pogo Linux has provided thousands of Supermicro-based solutions to organizations at every corner of the globe.

2. Support

Since Pogo started, our first-class Linux, Unix, and Windows support has led the industry. When you call Pogo, you are in the hands of engineers who know the technology inside and out.

3. Agility

When new technologies are introduced, Supermicro is often first to market with server products. Pogo Linux has the engineering expertise and agility to bring fully vetted Supermicro based solutions to market quickly.

4. Value

Now more than ever, low TCO is a necessity. Not only is Pogo at the head of the pack for Supermicro solutions, our pricing has always been relentlessly competitive.

5. ROI

Pogo Linux offers standard 3-year and optional true 5-year warranties on every server we sell. We make sure you get the maximum return on your investment.

For the full range of Pogo built Supermicro barebones products, visit our Supermicro page. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us for a custom quote. We can always provide the ideal solution for your organization!

From a powerhouse desktop workstation to a multi-petabyte storage system, there’s a Pogo solution that’s perfect for your IT needs. To learn more, visit www.pogolinux.com or call (888) 828-POGO (7646) to speak with a knowledgeable sales advisor.
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7 Reasons You Need to Attend LinuxFest Northwest 2014

7 reasons you need to attend LinuxFest Northwest

Each and every April, the Linux and open source community descends on Bellingham Technical College for LinuxFest Northwest. For the 11th consecutive year, Pogo Linux is proud to take part in the northwest region’s premier conference and expo for all things Linux and open source. Here are seven very good reasons why you should not miss this event!

1. Informative Presentations

Whether you are veteran of the IT world or a brand new Linux user, you will find a plethora of informative and relevant sessions presented by thought leaders of the IT and open source communities. From the basics of the Linux kernel to the complexities of advanced encryption and everything in between, there is something here for everyone. Pogo will be well represented by our head of Product Development, Paul Bibaud. Paul will be doing an insightful presentation about ZFS and Software Defined Storage. Don’t miss it!

Paul Bibaud and LFNW Sessions

2. Fun Technology Expo

A cornerstone of LinuxFest Northwest has always been the expo hall, packed full of up-to-the-minute technologies for you to see and experience. The expo has continued to grow so much each year that it had to be moved to a larger facility on the college campus. Stop and say hi at the Pogo Linux booth and grab some fun swag!

3. Raffle for Pogo Linux Workstation and Other Great Prizes

Pogo Linux is proud to be donating a fully-loaded Linux Workstation, to be given away to one lucky winner! There are a great many other prizes given away, as well. Be sure to buy plenty of raffle tickets!

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4. Parties

There is always a lively after-party on Saturday night, as well as lots of impromptu get togethers at various bars and restaurants around Bellingham. (Be sure to check out April Brews Day!)

5. Community

The northwest open source community is incredibly diverse, intelligent, and thriving. This is the place to rub elbows with current and future thought leaders from the open source and IT communities. Lots of networking opportunities!

Bellingham6. Bellingham

If you’ve ever been to Bellingham, you already know what a great place it is. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. It’s a beautiful town full of fun things to do, indoors and out. (Don’t forget about April Brews Day.)

7. It’s Free

Last but not least, it’s free (yes, as in beer)! LinuxFest Northwest is a Washington state non-profit and Federal 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. This event is really about interacting and exchanging information with the open technology community. It is sponsored by companies such as Pogo Linux, along with donations and the proceeds from the raffle (make sure you buy lots of raffle tickets – trust us, you want that Pogo workstation!).

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You need to join us at LinuxFest Northwest. It’s informative, fun, free, and you can win an awesome fully decked out Pogo Linux workstation!

LinuxFest Northwest 2014
Bellingham Technical College
3000 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225

Sat. & Sun, April 26th & 27th: 9:30 PM – 5:00 PM (both days)
Register here: http://linuxfestnorthwest.org/2014
 
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From a powerhouse desktop workstation to a multi-petabyte storage system, there’s a Pogo solution that’s perfect for your IT needs. To learn more, visit www.pogolinux.com or call (888) 828-POGO (7646) to speak with a knowledgeable sales advisor.
 
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NextentaStor 4 Is Here

NexentaStor 4 is Here

NexentaStor 4 is Available Now

We at Pogo are very pleased to announce that NexentaStor 4 is available today, ready for inclusion on your next Pogo StorageDirector storage solution.

No more MESS!

Our partners over at Nexenta are rather passionate about redefining the way enterprises store and retrieve their data. Representing another big step away from expensive traditional closed storage systems, Nexenta continues their ongoing mission to lower TCO for scalable enterprise storage. They’ve been hard at work implementing a long list of features and improvements to their industry-leading Software Defined Storage solution. No more M.E.S.S. (Massively Expensive Storage Solutions)!

A Large List of Significant Enhancements

Enterprise storage requirements are becoming more stringent every day. Nexenta has risen to the challenge, delivering greater performance, reliability, and scalability. Here are just a few of the enhancements Nexenta has realized in NexentaStor 4.0:

Migration to the Illumos Kernel
As Sun’s support of OpenSolaris started to decline, the open source community created Illumos, a fork of OpenSolaris. As of version 4, NexentaStor has moved to the Illumos kernel. This aligns Nexenta with the active Illumos community, allowing them to both provide and receive enhancements to the core operating system.

Faster Cluster Failover Times
In this release, Nexenta has reduced High Availability Cluster failover times by more than 50%, bringing about much higher levels of availability.

Improved Handling of Faulty Devices
The redesigned Fault Management Architecture in NexentaStor 4 allows I/O operations to continue despite any issues with non performing storage media. Rather than run until the failure of a drive, NexentaStor will proactively remove the malfunctioning component from active service.

Improved Support for Large Memory Configurations
Starting with version 4.0, NexentaStor now supports up to 512GB of DRAM cache per head in a cluster, offering significantly greater performance. Legacy hardware vendors such as EMC and NetApp typically offer a maximum of only 256GB of cache.

Improved Inline Data Reduction
NexentaStor 4.0 includes a new data compression algorithm (called LZ4), which allows for greater compression rates and lower CPU utilization.

Support for Microsoft SMB 2.1 and Server Cluster Shared Volumes
Support for the Server Message Block 2.1 protocol is now included, along with a number of enhancements to the support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes. This greatly simplifies management of NexentaStor in Windows-based network environments.

Fully Redesigned Auto-Sync Replication Facility
Auto-sync is now supported between HA clusters, as well as between mixed HA and non HA setups. Services are now easier to set up, and more robust. Network utilization has been decreased while management is easier than ever.

Pogo Will Help You Upgrade

With so many great enhancements now available in NexentaStor 4, we understand that you may be excited about upgrading as soon as possible. While it was possible to do an upgrade installation of older versions of NexentaStor, it is not possible with 4. Since version 4.0 runs on a completely new operating system, it is necessary to do a completely new installation and reconfiguration from the ground up. Before upgrading, we encourage you to contact Pogo’s Support department at support@pogolinux.com. Pogo Support will assess your unique configuration and help you determine the best course of action for upgrading to NexentaStor 4.0. With that said, please be patient if you don’t get an immediate response. We anticipate very strong demand for this important upgrade. We will get back to you as soon we possibly can!

Certified for 4

Pogo’s partnership with Nexenta has enabled our engineers to very closely follow the development of this software defined storage solution. This puts us in the unique position of being the authority on the implementation of this fantastic new SDS platform. This significant upgrade is available today on the entire line of Nexenta certified StorageDirector Z Series storage solutions. You can be confident that when you purchase a StorageDirector Z Series with NexentaStor 4, you have invested your storage budget wisely. Configure yours now!

Pogo Storage NexentaStor
Read the official NexentaStor 4 Release Notes (pdf) to find out more about the new features in NexentaStor 4.

From a powerhouse desktop workstation to a multi-petabyte storage system, there’s a Pogo solution that’s perfect for your IT needs. To learn more, visit www.pogolinux.com or call (888) 828-POGO (7646) to speak with a knowledgeable sales advisor.

Nexenta 1st Premium Partner

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Pogo Shows SSD Servers and Upcoming NexentaStor 4.0 at INTEROP

 

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We are so excited about INTEROP this year.  Why? Not because it’s April Fool’s Day. Because we’re continuing our long-standing tradition of bringing together the latest storage technologies. If you happen to be in Las Vegas over the next few days, make sure you stop by booth #1462 and say hello! We are showing off our latest high-performance rack mount servers, based around SanDisk solid state drives. We are also looking forward to demonstrating NexentaStor 4.0, the brand new Software Defined Storage solution from Nexenta.

Lower your TCO with Solid State Drives

The Pogo Linux Iris XF series represents a new benchmark for the Iris line of rack mount servers. These economical Intel® Xeon® powered high performance servers can now be configured with a wide range of SanDisk® Optimus SAS or Cloudspeed SATA solid state drives.

SanDisk Optimus SSDDespite their superior read/write performance compared to standard Hard Disk Drives, SSDs were once regarded as being expensive and having a short life span. Now, SSDs have evolved to become a compelling replacement for Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). With no moving parts, SSDs use less power, generate less heat, are resistant to shock and vibration, and are significantly faster for most read/write operations. For enterprise server and cloud computing environments where performance and reliability are mission-critical, SSDs are now the ideal solution.

NexentaStor 4.0 – The Imminent Release from the Leader in Software Defined Storage

With NexentaStor 4.0, enterprises can continue to liberate themselves from the traditional hardware-centric storage approach and have a fully-featured, unified solution that scales to meet growing storage requirements on any platform.

NexentaStor 4.0As the first “Premium Partner” in the Nexenta Partner Program, Pogo Storage has more than five years of proven expertise in engineering and supporting solutions based on the NexentaStor ZFS platform. Pogo’s new line of StorageDirector storage appliances — fully certified for NexentaStor 4.0 — continues to provide significant TCO advantages over proprietary legacy storage solutions. The enterprise class Nexenta SDS platform, integrated with reliable and value driven Pogo hardware, is as much of a cost savings alternative now as it was 5 years ago.

In addition to the product demos, Pogo is partnering with SanDisk to give away some great prizes. Stop by Pogo’s booth #1462 to find out how you can win!

INTEROP Las Vegas is the leading independent technology conference and expo series designed to inspire and inform the world’s IT community.

SHOW INFO
INTEROP 2014 – Pogo Storage Booth #1462
Mandalay Bay Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, April 1st: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 2nd: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 3rd: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Find out more at pogolinux.com and interop.com.
From a powerhouse desktop workstation to a multi-petabyte storage system, there’s a Pogo solution that’s perfect for your IT needs. To learn more, visit www.pogolinux.com or call (888) 828-POGO (7646) to speak with a knowledgeable sales advisor.

 

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You’re invited – Pogo/SanDisk INTEROP Kick-Off Party

You're invited to pre-show party at INTEROP

Join us at Lupo by Wolfgang PuckPogo Storage has partnered with SanDisk for “All Flash All The Time,” a pre-show party to kick off INTEROP in style! Join us for cool cocktails and delicious appetizers at Lupo by Wolfgang Puck, plus enter to win some very cool prizes. Space is limited, so please RSVP for the party as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you there!
Party details:
Monday, March 31 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM PDT
Lupo by Wolfgang Puck restaurant at Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

click here to rsvp
Visit Pogo Storage at INTEROP Las Vegas
Pogo Storage is pleased to return to INTEROP, the leading independent technology conference and expo series designed to inspire and inform the world’s IT community. Along with Pogo and 300+ other exhibitors, there are hundreds of sessions on eight different learning tracks: Applications, Business of IT, Collaboration, Cloud and Virtualization, Infrastructure, Mobility, SDN, and Risk Management and Security. More than 10,000 IT service and support professionals from around the country will be at there. Learn more about INTEROP by clicking here.

From a powerhouse desktop workstation to a multi-petabyte storage system, there’s a Pogo Storage solution that’s perfect for your IT needs. To learn more, visit www.pogolinux.com or call (888) 828-POGO (7646) to speak with a knowledgeable sales advisor.

SanDisk + Nexenta + Pogo Storage


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