AMD has announced the immediate availability of three new members of the Six-Core AMD Opteron server processor family that specifically address rising demand for balanced systems with increased performance yet greater power-efficiency for cloud computing and web serving environments.

The 55W ACP Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processors are currently shipping for 2-, 4- and 8-P systems and available today in new systems from HP, addressing the needs of dynamic, performance hungry and power constrained data centres.  Systems from additional OEMs are expected to come to market throughout Q309.
The new processors meet the market demand for highly scalable, power-efficient systems that are especially well suited for Web serving and cloud computing workloads and they are available with the same AMD Virtualisation (AMD-V) technology and AMD-P technology features and advanced I/O capabilities as the standard power Six-Core AMD Opteron processors.
The new Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processor offers up to 18 percent lower platform-level power consumption over the standard wattage version. It also delivers up to 18% better performance-per-watt compared to the quad-core version.
Processors with even better energy efficiency are planned to be available later this year for the market segment where low power is the singular priority requirement.
For customers requiring better performance for mission-critical workloads such as database and CRM applications, AMD is also unveiling two new, full-featured Six-Core AMD Opteron SE processors at 2.8 GHz for 2-, 4- and 8-P systems.
“Since our initial introduction of multi-core processors for the server market, it’s been AMD’s mission to help IT managers reduce datacentre energy costs without compromising performance,” said Patrick Patla, vice-president and GM: server business at AMD. “These new lower power Six-Core AMD Opteron processors feature the highest performance-per-watt that we have brought to market, and help drive down power consumption while addressing the shifting cloud and Web landscape of today’s datacentre.  And with six cores of compute power and direct connect architecture, these processors deliver no-compromise performance.”