Answering demand for more power and speed, chip giant Intel has rolled out the Xeon Processor E7 family for mission-critical computing in the enterprise.
The new line of products addresses the trend towards the enterprise 2.0 momentum, Intel Australia national sales manager, Andrew McLean, said at the Australian launch in Sydney.
“Organisations are moving to some enterprise models that really foster much more agility in an organisation, much more collaboration between people, and much more innovation.”
Organisations are starting to use real-time video collaboration and next generation productivity applications and need the souped up performance and compute power.
“We’re also seeing a blurring of the line between professional time and personal time and organisations have to start providing platforms to people to accommodate both of those worlds.”
McLean said there’s a lot of change in terms of what the desktop or notebook needs to do in an organisation.
“We believe the best way to operate in this environment is with smart intelligent clients running on this second generation of core processors with vPro technology,” he said.
Stressing the importance of performance and power efficiency, McLean said the second generation Intel Core i5 processor can speed up business applications by 60 per cent, multi-tasking by 100 per cent, and data encryption by 300 per cent.
“There are a couple of key areas that we’re seeing changes to support this evolution towards enterprise 2.0,” he said. “One of the key things will be desktop virtualisation and mobility, which is also extending in organisation as well.”
Expanding on the virtualisation theme, Intel Australia enterprise technical manager, Peter Kerney, said desktop virtualisation is the hot trend for 2011.
“We’ve been hearing a lot about virtualisation in the server, obviously, but we’re now starting to see quite a bit of virtualisation in the desktop,” he said. “At Intel we like to think of virtualisation on the client in terms of a compute continuum.”
“What we’re seeing is different applications and different workloads have different requirements about where they can run.”
Addressing the trend towards mobility, the latest line of processors includes enhanced security features such as execution protection, enhanced encryption and anti-theft technology, along with identity protection.