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Intel Corp. has introduced the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 product family (code named Ivy Bridge-EP), which up to 45% greater efficiency and up to 50% more performance compared to the previous generation thanks to efficient micro-architecture, 22nm process technology and up to twelve cores. The new chips provide to redefine the server, storage and networking infrastructure found in datacenters.

"More than ever, organizations are looking to information technology to transform their businesses. Offering new cloud-based services requires an infrastructure that is versatile enough to support the diverse workloads and is flexible enough to respond to changes in resource demand across servers, storage and network," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the datacenter and connected systems group at Intel.

Intel Xeon E5-2600v2 “Ivy Bridge-EP” microprocessors for two-socket servers feature up to 12 cores (with Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technologies), up to 30MB last level cache, up to 40 PCI Express 3.0 lanes, quad-channel DDR3 memory controller and other hardware capabilities. The new chips also support a host of Intel’s processor technologies, including AVX, data protection technology, AES-NI, trusted execution and so on.

Much of the infrastructure today is not architected to support the growth in IT services. Datacenter management is often manual and static. To enable on-demand, automated services, the next generation of datacenters will need to evolve to a "software defined infrastructure" where many of the functions are managed in software. The new Intel Xeon processors provide a common, software compatible processing foundation and possess the features and tools to help transform datacenters for the future.

Data traffic generated by connected mobile devices and the associated services is expected to have a 66% compound annual growth rate over the next four years. This puts additional pressure on networking infrastructure to be more agile and efficient to allow for much faster provisioning of services.

Today, network configuration requires manual set-up by skilled IT staff and it may take up to two or three weeks to deploy required networking resources to support new applications and services. Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family accelerates efficient processing of network workloads commonly handled by expensive and proprietary offload engines and accelerators found in networking appliances.

Using Intel's Open Network Platform (ONP) server reference design, customers can use high-volume Xeon-based servers combined with industry open standards to consolidate virtualized networking applications. This allows them to deliver market leading throughput performance and latency for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) workloads. Intel's ONP server reference design is based on the Wind River Open Virtualization Profile and the Intel Data Plane Development Kit Accelerated Open vSwitch.

82% of global telecommunications providers are expected to evaluate SDN and NFV this year to find the ways to reduce their costs and increase flexibility in dynamic resource provisioning.

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family is also designed to power cost efficient scale-out, distributed, and software defined storage. From 2012 to 2020 the amount of stored data will double every two years, reaching 40ZB, according to estimates. Fast, on-demand access to this amount of data for tasks such as big data analytics require more intelligent compute and storage intensive solutions, as well as a dramatic decrease in the cost-per-stored terabyte.

Starting today, system manufacturers from around the world are expected to announce hundreds of Intel Xeon processor E5 family-based platforms. These manufacturers include Acer, Apple, Asus, Bull, Cray Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Lenovo, NEC, Oracle, Quanta, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro, Tyan, Wiwynn and Unisys.

The Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family will be offered with 18 different parts which range in price from $202 to $2614 in quantities of 1000. Additionally three single-socket Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 parts will be offered for workstations which range in price from $294 to $1080.

Tags: Intel, Xeon, Ivy Bridge-EP, 22nm

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