Intel has showcased a combination of strategies that enable organisations to overcome the sustainable energy challenges of the modern enterprise data centre. This strategy combines major Intel technology innovations to enable data centres to meet the increasing performance demands whilst managing energy costs and environmental impact.

Combining the biggest breakthrough in transistor design in 40 years with revolutionary multi-core technology and built in virtualisation support, Intel is enabling chief information officers (CIOs) to drastically increase the overall performance of high-density data centres whilst at the same time reducing the power consumption and thereby improving the overall energy-efficiency of the data centre.

The introduction of new materials in the manufacture of the millions of 45-nanometer transistors that makeup a microprocessor have significantly reduced the problem of wasteful electrical leakage by 30%.

With the introduction of multi-core technology and particularly the Quad Core Intel Xeon 5300 processor, Intel has delivered up to 1,5-times the performance compared to leading Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5100 series in the same power.

Finally, using the virtualisation capabilities embedded throughout Intel product lines which help in providing improved asset utilisation, Intel has developed a winning combination of microprocessor developments that provide a sustainable data centre strategy for meeting growing performance demands.

Without these technological advances in the data centre no one would be enjoying live video streaming over the Internet or sophisticated online virtual experiences. But the consequence of supporting innovative services, high-end applications and sophisticated data analysis in the data centre, the engine behind this performance, is a previously unsustainable rise in power consumption.  Against a backdrop of climate change and rising energy costs, this was leading toward a situation where energy concerns were becoming a significant issue for CIOs.

With Intel’s advances in energy-efficient performance across the board Intel have thrown a lifeline to the data centre that should enable this mission critical facility to keep on supporting innovation for years to come.

 

Virtualisation

Virtualisation technology enables applications and operating systems to be consolidated across multiple servers, maximising the utilisation of existing assets.  This in turn reduces the volume of servers required for equal performance, reducing overall energy consumption, as well as preventing energy wastage from under-utilised servers.

Intel is the only chip manufacturer to incorporate virtualisation technology into its entire product range and also through its extensive ecosystem of partners and collaborators, provides unrivalled breadth of software and hardware support for virtualisation strategies.

 

Multi-core

Intel’s multi-core technology based on the revolutionary Intel Core microarchitecture delivers immense speed and responsiveness to market segments that crave absolute performance.  Bringing new possibilities for science, entertainment and business, Quad-core Intel Xeon Processor 5300 series servers provide more headroom for server virtualisation than any other two-processor, standard, high-volume server platform. These new processors deliver up to 50% more performance within the same thermal envelope and at the same cost as the previous generation Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5100 series.

 

World’s first 45nm transistor

The introduction of the world’s first 45 nm transistor enabled double the number of transistors that could be placed on a single microprocessor, with transistors so small that 30 million could be placed on the head of a pin.  Intel’s 45 nm Hi-K process technology has also reduced the wasteful electrical leakage of these new transistors by 30%, when compared with the previous 65nm generation. This has been achieved through use of new materials in the transistor design.