IDF 2014: The Four “A’s” of Industry Standard DC Computing
Last week, while most of the world was mooning over the latest revolutionary iPhone launch extravaganza in Cupertino, a different sort of revolution was taking place in San Francisco at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2014. Amidst a host of other new and/or improved products and initiatives, Intel introduced the newest addition to its Xeon processor line for servers, storage, networking and workstations—the E5-2600/1600 v3 families based on Intel’s latest/greatest “Haswell” 22nm process.
But there’s more to the chips than cutting edge manufacturing capabilities. According to Intel, the new processor families boost performance by up to 3x over the previous generation ES-2600 products, and also deliver world-class energy efficiency and enhanced security. To answer increasing demand for software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solutions, Intel has added telemetry features, including sensors and metrics for CPU, I/O and memory utilization. Those innovations will enable the delivery of SDI-based services with optimized performance, resilience and total cost of ownership.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.