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February 28, 2011

Intel Xeon E3-1220 Sandy Bridge Benchmarks and Review

The much anticipated and already announced Sandy Bridge Xeons were supposed to follow desktop and notebook counterparts in short order, however it seems like everything Sandy Bridge is on hold while Intel rectifies Cougar Point. However, the new Sandy Bridge Xeons are here! Today attention is on the Xeon E3-1220 which is a 3.1ghz quad core without Hyper-Threading or on-board graphics. It does have an 80w TDP, AES-NI, ECC support, VT-x and VT-d support and a host of other desirable features for the server market.

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February 25, 2011

Storage News: ATTO ExpressSAS v2.10, Corsair’s 25nm NAND Swap, MacBook Pros Go Sandy Bridge with Thunderbolt, New Acer Storage Servers, New STH RSS Feed

This week had a few interesting storage related items worthy of the digest from ATTO, Corsair, Apple/Intel, Acer  and a public service announcement about subscribing to’s RSS feeds. The next few weeks should be somewhat more exciting review wise here so updating your RSS feed may be worthwhile.

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February 24, 2011

Dynamic Memory and Hyper-V Guide in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

One of the biggest new features in Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V users is the new Dynamic Memory functionality. Instead of partitioning physical memory into separate silos for each virtual machine, Dynamic Memory basically allows the Hyper-V hypervisor to allocate a pool of memory to be used for various virtual machines and then allocate that memory based on needs. I have heard claims of 40% or better improvements in virtualization density (number of virtual machines on a physical machine) with Dynamic Memory, but in the past week I have only been able to increase density on my test machine by 25%. This of course varies by VM type and workload, but that [...]

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February 23, 2011

The Big WHS: February 2011 Update

It has been a long time since I have posted about The Big WHS. At the last update in May 2010, the machine occupied 8U using two 4U enclosures, and was topping 60TB of raw storage capacity. Since then there have been quite a few developments that I thought I would write about.

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