Intel: Servers and workstations to power up with new Xeon E5

Processor vendor releases new Xeon processor family that boasts improved performance and power efficiency

Intel has unveiled its new E5-2600 product family at a recent event in Sydney.

The company officially unveiled its new high powered processor at a media event in Sydney, which was backed up with testimonials from Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology and visual effects solutions supplier, StudioEngine.

Intel A/NZ national sales manager, Andrew McLean, provided a background to the environment that the Xeon processor has been introduced to, with more data, devices, connections, and users populating the landscape than ever before.

As IT is changing from a “supporting the business” role to “being the business,” McLean sees IT converging into the three areas of Cloud, consumerisation, and big data.

“IT these days must scale to meet the demands of data storage, security, power costs, responsiveness, IT staff and network bottlenecks,” he said.

The introduction of the Xeon processor also fits into Intel’s roadmap of reaching its recently announced “Cloud 2015 vision” where the service is federated, automated, and client aware.

Intel A/NZ enterprise technical specialist, Peter Kerney, spoke in more detail about the redesigned architecture behind the processor, and how they translate into speed boosts.

One of the innovations is that the processor has ditched the separate I/O hub of previous iterations for an integrated one to reduce latency by approximately 30 per cent.

PCI Express 2.0 has been upgraded to 3.0 for twice the previous performance, and the processor now gets data direct through the implementation of Data Direct I/O.

“In addition to these performance boosts, the Xeon processor also has up to 50 per cent improved energy efficiency,” Kerney said.

New tools aimed at smart data centre management have also been introduced with the processor, such as Node Manager and Data Centre.

“Administrators now have access to tools to control system power in a growing software ecosystem,” Kerney said.

The Xeon processor E5-2600 product family will be available from between US$198 to US$2050 in quantities of 1000.

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