Intel has set new standards in virtualisation performance with the launch of seven 45nm-manufactured Intel Xeon Processor 7400 Series products.
With up to six processing cores per chip and 16Mb of shared cache memory, applications built for virtualised environments and data demanding workloads, such as databases, business intelligence, enterprise resource planning and server consolidation, experience dramatic performance increases of almost 50% in some
Platforms based on these processors can scale up to 16 processor "sockets" to deliver servers with up to 96 processing cores inside, offering tremendous scalability, ample computing threads, extensive memory resources and uncompromising reliability for enterprise data centres.
"The arrival of these processors extends Intel's lead in the high-end server segment," says Tom Kilroy, Intel vice-president and GM of the Digital Enterprise Group. "This new processor series helps IT manage increasingly complex enterprise server environments, providing a great opportunity to boost the scalable performance of multi-threaded applications within a stable platform infrastructure.
"With new features such as additional cores, large shared caches and advanced virtualization technologies, the Xeon 7400 series delivers record-breaking performance that will lead enterprises into the next wave of virtualization deployments."
The Intel Xeon processor 7400 series has already set new four-socket and eight-socket world records on key industry benchmarks for virtualisation, database, enterprise resource planning and e-commerce.
Based on Intel's 45nm high-k process technology and reinvented transistors that use a Hafnium-based, high-k metal gate formula, the new Xeon 7400 series delivers exceptional performance improvements with lower power consumption.
This delivers almost 50% better performance in some cases, and up to 10% reduction in platform power, and has resulted in a world record VMmark (a virtualisation benchmark) score for four-socket, 24 processing core servers at 18.49 on a Dell PowerEdge R900 platform using VMware ESX server v3.5.0.
These virtualisation performance increases, and advanced virtualisation capabilities such as Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) FlexMigration make Xeon 7400 series-based servers ideal platforms for customers to standardise their virtual infrastructures.
FlexMigration enables VM migration from previous-, present- and future-generation Core microarchitecture-based platforms. This ensures investment protection for administrators seeking to establish pools of virtualized systems and using those pools to facilitate failover, disaster recovery, load balancing and optimising server maintenance and downtime.
The new products offer frequencies up to 2.66GHz and power levels down to 50 watts, including the first 6-core, x86 compatible 65-watt version which translates to just under 11 watts per processor core, with platforms available in rack, tower and highly dense blade form factors.
The Xeon 7400 processor series is compatible with Intel's existing Xeon 7300 series platforms and the Intel 7300 chipset with memory capacity up to 256Gb, allowing IT departments to quickly deploy the new processor into a stable platform infrastructure.
Starting today, servers based on the Intel Xeon 7400 processor series are expected to be announced by more than 50 system manufacturers around the world, including four-socket rack servers from Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC, Sun, Supermicro and Unisys; four-socket blade servers from Egenera, HP, Sun and NEC; and servers that scale up to 16-sockets from IBM, NEC and Unisys.