updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon July 1, 2002
Apple today announced that is has begun shipping Xserve, its new rack-mount server, and tht it has received orders for over 4,000 Xserve servers since its introduction in May. Apple also released "industry standard performance tests," which show that Xserve outperforms more expensive, similarly configured server offerings (from Dell, IBM, and Sun) in web serving, disk performance and running the mission-critical Biotech application BLAST. (MacNN noted that the Xserve began shipping late last week to customers.)
- Apache: Xserve can support 60 percent more connections onan Apache Web Server than an IBM eServer x330. Using WebBench performance benchmarks, an Xserve running Apache on Mac OS X Server can support 4,051 web connections per second,compared to 2,547 connections per second on an IBM eServer x330 running Apache on Linux.
- BLAST: Xserve is up to 19 times faster than Sun for DNA searches running BLAST compared with a Sun Fire V100 running NCBI BLAST on Solaris and an IBM x330 running NCBI BLAST on Linux(note, however, that the Xserve is running the AltiVec-enhanced version of BLAST)
- Disk performance: Xserve provides performance of over 110MB using a four way ATA RAID stripe compared with a Dell PowerEdge 1650 with hardware RAID controller with a three way SCSI RAID stripe which provides only around 70MB sustained throughput.
Last week we noted that Apple's dual-1GHz Xserve was a top performer among dual-CPU machines in recent third-party Xinet benchmarks.