Intel Aims High With Xeon E7 v2 Chips as Server Makers Sign On

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-02-19

Earlier this year, Shannon Poulin, vice president and general manager of Intel Data Center Marketing Group, told eWEEK that he expected the chip maker's enterprise business—which had relatively stagnant financial numbers for most of 2013—to rebound strongly this year. On Feb. 18, Intel made a significant push in that direction with the launch of its latest high-end server chips, the Xeon E7 v2 family. At a press conference in San Francisco, Intel executives introduced the refreshed lineup, which includes 20 different models that offer up to 15 cores, 1.5 terabytes per socket and speeds of up to 3.4GHz. Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, spoke about the chips' huge memory capacity, its in-memory processing capabilities and its improved performance with such data-intensive workloads as big data, business intelligence, high-performance computing and data analytics. Bryant also positioned the Xeon E7 v2 as an alternative to RISC platforms from IBM and Oracle, saying the upgraded Intel processors offer the same performance as Power or SPARC at a much better price point.


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