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

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-02-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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

    by Jeffrey Burt
    1 - Intel Aims High With Xeon E7 v2 Chips as Server Makers Sign On
  • Intel's Xeon E7 v2 Brings Better Performance to Servers

    According to Intel's Bryant, the new Intel chips offer twice the performance of the previous generation, more than twice the in-memory processing capabilities and four times the I/O capacity.
    2 - Intel's Xeon E7 v2 Brings Better Performance to Servers
  • More Cores, More Versions

    Intel is offering 20 configurations of the chip with different core counts, frequencies and memory caches, enabling them to be optimized for a wide range of workloads. The 15 cores represent the most on an Intel chip.
    3 - More Cores, More Versions
  • Built for Performance

    The new 22-nanometer chips—code-named Ivytown—are built on Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture, and include the chip maker's 3D Tri-Gate transistor architecture for greater performance and power efficiency.
    4 - Built for Performance
  • Aiming at the High End

    Intel's Bryant told the people in the room and on the webcast that with the Xeon E7 v2 family of chips, Intel's architecture now rivals the performance of IBM's Power platform and Oracle's SPARC chip with high-end workloads.
    5 - Aiming at the High End
  • HP Takes the Stage

    Several OEM partners appeared at the event to talk about how they were adopting the new processors and how their systems help their customers. Jim Ganthier, vice president of global marketing for HP's Servers Group, left, talks with VelociData CEO Chris O'Malley about the need for greater system performance to handle new workloads.
    6 - HP Takes the Stage
  • IBM and the Need for Complete System Design

    Adalio Sanchez, left, general manager of IBM Systems x servers, and Moiz Kohari, vice president of advanced platform engineering for the London Stock Exchange, talk about performance, reliability and efficiency. "We need denser platforms to really consolidate our data centers," Kohari said.
    7 - IBM and the Need for Complete System Design
  • Cisco, eBay and Real-Time Analytics

    David Yen, left, senior vice president and general manager of data center technology at Cisco Systems, talks with Dan Morales, vice president of technology-enabling functions for eBay, about how the online auction site is using data analytics to improve the site and increase revenues.
    8 - Cisco, eBay and Real-Time Analytics
  • Dell Rolls Outs a High-End PowerEdge System

    Dell is one of 21 system makers that will offer more than 40 designs based on the Xeon E7 v2 chips, according to Intel's Bryant. Dell later this quarter will start selling the 920R, a four-socket, 4U (7-inch) system that is aimed at such workloads as ERP, databases and virtualization.
    9 - Dell Rolls Outs a High-End PowerEdge System
  • HP Upgrades Its ProLiant DL580

    The tech giant introduced the DL580 Gen8 system, a four-socket system that not only includes the new Intel chips but also HP's range of Gen8 management and RAS features.
    10 - HP Upgrades Its ProLiant DL580
  • Cisco Grows Its UCS Portfolio

    Cisco announced a new rack-based Unified Computing System (UCS)—the C460 M4—and two new blade servers, the four-socket B460 M4 (pictured) and the two-socket B260 M4.
    11 - Cisco Grows Its UCS Portfolio
  • Fujitsu Takes Aim at RISC

    Fujitsu officials said the vendor's new family of PrimeQuest 2000 servers—which offer up to eight sockets—provide the performance of RISC systems but with x86 cost efficiencies.
    12 - Fujitsu Takes Aim at RISC
  • NEC Looks to Scale

    The company launched the Express5800/A2000 series of scalable enterprise systems, which offer up to four sockets and are up to two times more powerful than NEC's traditional servers, officials said.
    13 - NEC Looks to Scale
  • SuperMicro and Its New SuperServer

    The vendor unveiled the four-socket X10 SuperServer, which includes such architecture innovations as SuperMicro's dual-zone cooling technology.
    14 - SuperMicro and Its New SuperServer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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