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Intel debuts new Xeon processor family

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The new Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family, dubbed as the biggest platform advancement of the decade, is the new foundation for secure, agile, multi-cloud data centres.

The processor family is architected for workload-optimised performance and hardware-enhanced security.

Set for broad availability in mid-2017, the Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family has the design flexibility to thrive across common applications and mission-critical operations or to harness actionable insights from advanced real-time analytics and emerging imperatives like artificial intelligence.

The Scalable family provides the foundation for the next generation of cloud infrastructure to fuel applications as wide-ranging as analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, high-performance computing and network transformation.

The Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family, re-architected from the ground up, will be the successor to the Intel Xeon processor E5 and E7 product lines.

It will incorporate features for compute, network and storage workloads, and impressive performance gains of up to 3,9x higher scalability for virtualized workloads as compared with the four-year-old systems widely used in the market today, allowing customers to run more and a more diverse variety of workloads on each system.

The Scalable family will feature integrated performance accelerators such as Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel AVX-512) and Intel QuickAssist Technology (Intel QAT), as well as Intel Volume Management Device (Intel VMD), a new platform capability designed to deliver seamless management of PCIe-based (NVMe) solid state drives, such as the recently launched Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X and Intel SSD DC P4600 drives. Intel VMD enables a “hot plug” capability that minimizes service interruptions during drive swaps.

The Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family will offer four levels of performance and capabilities, plus configuration choice with regard to which integrations and accelerators customers need, and a new tiered model based on metals (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) to make the options simple and efficient to choose.