Acer and AMD serve up treat

Acer has chosen this week's show at which to launch a new AMD-based Opteron server that it claims is perfect for both growing SMBs and enterprises

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By  Matthew Wade Published  September 28, 2005

Acer has chosen this week's show at which to launch a new AMD-based Opteron server that it claims is perfect for both growing SMBs and enterprises. “The Altos G5350 is the first pedestal AMD server that's also dual-core enabled,” says Acer Computer Middle East's business development manager of servers and storage, Andrew Lamb. “It’s a result of our strategic relationship with AMD, which is putting serious effort into getting its brand known in the server market.” Lamb suggests that as more than 50% of the Middle East's business community is comprised of SMBs, the company is correct in expecting nothing less than “massive growth” in the market. In the case of the G5350, what Lamb claims stands out about the product is that it offers better bang for a company's buck than its nearest, similarly priced Intel rival server. “Price-wise they would be about the same, but in terms of their benchmark performance a business is getting more bang from its bucks with the Altos,” he suggests, adding that there is a real misunderstanding of the performance of AMD's CPUs. “We're opening people's minds. We had independent CPU tests done and the AMD came out on top. Anyone can see this inf as all of our server benchmarks are published online.” In terms of the G5350's product positioning, Lamb explains that the machine fills the gap between dual- and multi-CPU machines. “Its performance is such that it benchmarks against a four-way machine, but because it's actually only dual-core a firm only needs to pay for two-processor software licenses.” Expanding upon the topic of benchmarking itself, Lamb predicts that such objective product testing methods will, in the future, be the preferred way of comparing CPUs once the market gradually becomes more knowledgeable. “This will become the norm for people buying CPUs, rather than clock speed for instance,” he says. The new Altos G5350 can be had in single- or dual-core set-ups, depending upon the performance requirements and price customers favour. It’s also supplied with 'Easybuild', an Acer innovtion designed to help users set-up their server.

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