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servers -- compare 2007 to today ?

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We purchased four of the below servers about 7 years ago to run Exchange and want to consolide into ONE today.
  ** http://www.cnet.com/products/hp-proliant-dl320-g5-xeon-3060-2-4-ghz-monitor-none-series/specs

What website/etc would compare the above FOUR servers
to determine what ONE DDR4 server I would need today ?
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The biggest strides have been with storage and ram speed.
Intel Xeon E5450 @ 3.00GHz which is 10% faster than what you have
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CPU performance of E5450 seems to be three times higher than 3060. 10 % hike in 7 years seems a bit low anyway.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+3060+%40+2.40GHz
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actually it has a cpu bench of 4.7x more my miscue

Average CPU Mark
Best Bang For Buck
[Dual CPU] Intel Xeon E5450 @ 3.00GHz cPU Mark 7773  5x faster
High End
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5450 @ 3.00GHzIntel Xeon E5-2699 v3 @ 2.30GHz   Mark 25192 (16x faster)
Your
Intel Xeon 3060 @ 2.40GHz         Average CPU Mark 1628
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The big jump as far as consolidating multiple servers using virtualization came when Intel released the 5500 sequence CPUs with the memory controller hub integrated into the CPU instead of it being part of the supporting chipset. This allowed for faster memory access and more importantly more RAM to be used. See http://www.vmware.com/products/vmmark/v1/results for example and compare the HP ML370 G5 (Xeon 5400) with the ML370 G6 (Xeon 5500). The 5400 based one has VMmark of 9.15 and the 5500 based one a VMmark of 25.29 meaning it could do almost 3 times as much work.

You'll notice a big difference between VMmark (which covers how much a machine can do in a commercial environment) and CPUbench (which is more about how fast it can run a single maths application).

Another useful benchmark for commercial applications such as Exchange is SPECint_rate2006, compare that to the STREAM results in "Memory performance of Xeon 5500 (Nehalem EP) based PRIMERGY servers" and you'll see that slow or badly interleaved RAM really hits STREAM but hardly affects SPECint_rate2006 because STREAM is a memory bandwidth test whereas SPECint_rate2006 is more concerned with how much commercial work the machine can do. The difference between STREAM and SPECint_rate2006 is similar to the difference between CPUbench and VMmark.
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For a modern server CPU usage will not be your bottleneck unless you have an application hang.  RAM is cheap, allocate at least 16GB per Virtual Machine to the host.  Performance will be most affected by disk i/o, minimum 4 disc 15K SAS Raid 10 is recommended, size as needed.

Getting back to your Application - is your exchange environment currently set up in a HA configuration?  to maintain a high availability setup will require at least two servers in a virtual cluster.
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