IDF 2013: The Clock Moves Steadily On

Intel’s good news wasn’t limited to ultramobile. By offering up to 45 percent greater efficiency and up to 50 percent more performance than previous generation products, the new Xeon E5-2600 v2 product family makes a solid case for Intel’s continuing leadership in the data center. Along with Xeon being the de facto platform for virtualization and cloud work-loads, Xeon continues to be welcomed into business critical workload and application markets, exerting continuing pressure on traditional Unix and other enterprise systems.

Add to that the previous week’s launch of products and technologies based on Intel’s second generation 64-bit Intel Atom C2000 SoC family for microservers and cold storage platforms (codenamed “Avoton”) and entry networking platforms (codenamed “Rangeley”). Leveraging Intel’s 22nm Tri-Gate Silvermont architecture, these new offerings are optimized for a variety of microserver applications, particularly lightweight workloads such as entry dedicated hosting, distributed memory caching, static web serving and content delivery. Given Intel’s advances here, ARM’s strength as a successor to x86 in the data center is looking increasingly flabby.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.

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