Dell has recently updated several PowerEdge and PowerEdge-C servers to Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors (code named “Ivy Bridge EP”), which add new features and performance advantages, including up to 12-cores (24 threads), less power consumption and improved security. For a full Intel product brief, click here.
Dell works closely with Canonical to certify PowerEdge and PowerEdge-C servers with Ubuntu Server LTS 12.04 and we have worked with them once again to certify these Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors on Dell PowerEdge servers. The minimum release required with these Intel processors is Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS with the 3.8 kernel.
If you are currently running an older Ubuntu 12.04 LTS point release (12.04.0 through 12.04.2) you can upgrade to 12.04.3 with the 3.8 kernel by using the LTS Hardware Enablement Stack in 12.04 LTS, as described in this TechCenter article.
Ubuntu support contracts from Canonical are available from your Dell sales representative or directly from Canonical through the Ubuntu Advantage program. In addition, best-effort support from Dell is available with your Dell ProSupport contract.
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