The standard thinking on 2-socket servers has been that, as long as they can handle the workload, 2-socket servers scaled out have provided historic price/performance, energy efficiency, and density advantages. In many cases, these designs, particularly with the latest Intel Xeon processors do perform well for smaller workloads. Before making any purchase though, organizations operating in today’s challenging economic climate and business environment should evaluate the latest 4-socket server platforms based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family. This new processor family enables platforms and capabilities that reduce operational costs and increase capacity for innovation. With the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family, data centers now have a cost-effective way to manage server sprawl by consolidating workloads, improving energy efficiency, increasing performance, and providing dynamic capacity to handle larger workloads. The benefits of these processors, particularly with respect to performance and memory, provide organizations with a great way to avoid mid-cycle refreshes and having to deploy more physical servers.