Xenitis XION G1100-P2 Server

by April 14, 2006 0 comments

Xenitis has recently launched its range of servers in India to serve the needs of small and medium offices. From its stable of servers, we evaluated the G1100-P2 dual core P4 model. This server is built on an Intel entry level server board (SE7230NH1-E). The board can take Intel Pentium 4, Pentium—D and Pentium Extreme Edition processors with up to 1066 MHz system bus. This gives you improved performance on running entry level server applications. Plus, the board is driven by Intel E7230 chipset and has four DIMM slots, which can take 8GB dual channel memory. (This server is powered by Intel Pentium Dual Core P4 820 processor with a clock speed of 3.4 Ghz and an integrated 2x 1MB L2 cache. However, the server that we tested, had an Intel dual core Pentium 4 3.4 Ghz  processor with EM64T and 512 MB RAM).


Price:
Rs 75,806 (3 yrs warranty)

Meant For:
Small businesses 

Key Specs:
Single dual core P-4 3.4GHz, 512 MB DDR, 160 GB SATA, two Gigabit built-in Ethernet 

Pros:
Supports Pentium Extreme Edition processors and can take 8 GB RAM

Cons:
No redundant power supply 

Contact:
Xenitis Infotech, Kolkata. Phone : 22825932.E-mail : xenitis@xenitisgroup.comRQS# E56 or SMS 130456 to 9811800601

For storage, it has a 160 GB SATA hard drive, but can also take upto four hot-swappable SATA hard drives and two IDE drives. This gives
ample storage space to the server. For example, if you use 4×300 GB of SATA drives with this server, you get 1.2 TB of storage without RAID level 5. In addition, it also has SATA built-in RAID that gives you RAID level 0,1 and 5. For connectivity, the server has 2 x Intel PRO10/100/1000T Gigabit ports, which give ample network bandwidth to the server. For display, it has onboard 8 MB Intel SVGA (supports up to 1600 x 1200 resolution). On power front, a redundant power supply is preferred. However, we received the server without any. Coming to expandability, the server has 6 expansion slots (two 32-Bit/33MHz 2x
PCI, two PCI Express x8 and two PCI Express x4). The server does not come with any additional software except the Intel Server board CD which has few server management tools.

To generate load on the server, we used 19 nodes that emulated 38 client machines. All these nodes, including the server, were connected on a Gigabit backbone. In our test, we stressed the server’s I/O and web performance both. For the I/O test we used NetBench, which is a file server stress test. This tool sends requests to the server for file access (read/write) operations. For the Web server stress test, we used WebBench, which loads the server with HTTP requests. Here, we checked how efficiently the server can process these requests.  In the test bed, we configured the server
without RAID and used Windows 2003 Standard Edition as the server OS.

NetBench (file server performance test) provided a throughput of 197 Mbit/s with 15 clients. Subsequently, there was a downfall intransfer rates as we increased the load on the server. In Web server performance, the server was able to reach up to 793 requests per sec with 10 clients, thereafter, its performance stabilized to around 788 requests per sec even as the number of clients was increased.

We compared the Xenitis server with Acer Altos which had the same specifications as Xenitis, RAID level 5 being the only exception.Altos gave us a throughput of 400 Mbits/s in NetBench and 900 requests/sec in
WebBench.

If we compare both the servers, Xenitis is too low on scores. This is due to the absence of RAID configuration. RAID level 5 gives a server redundancy of data and better performance in I/O operations. Hence, we can say Xenitis would have performed better or at least scored the same as Altos if it had RAID level 5. Coming to the price , it’s decently priced and hence, is suitable for small offices that need to host their Intranet and web based applications.

Bottom Line: Xenitis is a good choice for small and medium businesses, provided you spend a little extra and get it configured with RAID 5.

Sanjay Majumder

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