Trying to select the right server to support your enterprise workloads can be challenging. The business leader is looking for business return over investment. They are typically ambivalent about the technology to make this happen. The IT leader is chartered with delivering the actual workload within budget and at a certain service-level agreement (SLA) to their internal customers.

A good way to differentiate and look at workloads is by their compute requirements and memory and processor scalability.

  • Compute Requirements – Faster transaction speeds and accelerated operations mean real-time responsiveness, quick results and increased productivity. Fast compute allows you to handle today’s unprecedented growth in data volumes and improve the accuracy and precision of workloads requiring high performance.
  • Memory & Processor Scalability – Scalability allows a system to expand to meet increasing performance and sizing workload demands. Scaling memory is how much memory you can add to your server. Processor scaling is how many and the types of processors you can add to your server. Organizations need assurance that the architecture is designed in such a way that system capacity can be increased as the needs of the business change.

Lenovo X6 Sample Workloads:

  • Simulation – Workloads such as simulations that reproduce the behavior of a system, Computer Aided Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Machine Learning—algorithms to solve complex problems such as image searches and pattern recognition.
  • In-memory DB – In-memory database is a system that primarily relies on main memory for fast data storage.
  • Business Intelligence – Computer software solutions that enable a company or organization to gain insight into its critical operations through reporting applications and analysis tools.
  • Analytics – The discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data. Analytics relies on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming and operations research to quantify performance.
  • ERP – Enterprise resource planning is business management software—typically a suite of integrated applications that an organization can use to collect, store, manage and interpret data from many business activities (e.g. SAP).
  • OLTP – Online transaction processing is a class of information systems that facilitate and manage transaction-oriented applications, typically for data entry and retrieval transaction processing.
  • Energy - Workloads involved with finding, extracting and analysis of energy (petroleum, gas, electrical, nuclear, wind, solar, etc). An example is analysis of seismic data when exploring for energy.
  • CRM – Customer relationship management is an approach to managing a company’s interaction with current and future customers. It involves using technology to organize, automate and synchronize sales, marketing, customer service and technical support (e.g. Salesforce.com).
  • Data Warehousing (DW) – A system used for reporting and data analysis. Data warehouses are central repositories of integrated data from one or more disparate sources.
  • Virtualization Consolidation – Consolidating multiple single workload servers into one or fewer virtualized servers.
  • High-frequency Trading – A type of algorithmic trading characterized by high speeds, high turnover rates, and high order-to-trade ratios that leverages high-frequency financial data and electronic trading tools.

The goal of categorizing these workloads is to show that there are different types of workloads that have different infrastructure and system requirements. Every workload has unique requirements so decision makers need to make sure the underlying infrastructure is optimized for that workload.

A related blog shows the advantages of four-socket, scale-up servers in three categories: 1) server capabilities, 2) enterprise applications 3) consolidation benefits. Read Do I Need a Four Socket Server? blog.

For more information on each X6 system:

Read the 10 Advantages of Lenovo X6 Servers blog to learn more about the x3850 and x3950 X6 advantages.

Lenovo System x3850 X6, a 4U rack server scalable to four processors.

Lenovo System x3950 X6, an 8U rack server scalable to eight processors.