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Tuesday Hardware Tidbits, Nov 15, 2011

A couple of interesting developments this week. First, Intel has officially released (and lifted the embargo) on their new high-end, Sandy Bridge-E desktop processors that use the LGA 2011 platform and X79 chipset. This is relevant for SQL Server professionals … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 Licensing and Hardware Considerations

Last week, Microsoft announced some pretty fundamental changes in how SQL Server 2012 will be licensed compared to previous versions of SQL Server. With SQL Server 2012, there will be three main Editions of SQL Server. These are Enterprise Edition, … Continue reading

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Eighty Logical Cores of Goodness!

I recently had the opportunity to specify the purchase of a couple of Dell PowerEdge R810 2U servers that will be used as database servers for SQL Server 2008 R2. These two servers have four Intel Xeon E7-4870 (32nm Westmere-EX) … Continue reading

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A SQL Server Hardware Nugget A Day – Day 25

For Day 25 of this series, I want to talk about how you go about picking a CPU for your database server. A couple of days ago, I covered some factors to consider when choosing between a two-socket and a … Continue reading

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Intel Processor Information

Here is a small collection of links to tools for measuring and evaluating mobile and desktop processors, along with some marketing hype from Intel about Sandy Bridge. CPU Reviewer Kit for Intel Sandy Bridge Intel Processor Comparison Tool How to … Continue reading

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