Intel launches Xeon E5 v3 to strengthen its global Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) approach

Intel-logoNew Delhi, India, September 9,  2014: Intel India, today launched the Xeon E5 v3 to strengthen its global Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) approach. As the global technology shift drives Enterprises worldwide to move from a hardware driven Infrastructure to a Software Defined Infrastructure, the Xeon processor E5 v3 family-based platforms will be used in servers, workstations, storage and networking infrastructure offering industry leading capabilities to enterprises.

Originally from the Intel Xeon Processor E5 family, E5-2600V3 offers Enterprises attributes suited to deal with complexities arising out of implementing Digital Services solutions. Combining world class energy efficiency with a common architecture to run compute, storage and network workloads; the E5-2600V3 offers features that accelerate performance while paving the way for the fast emerging Digital Economy.

Starting today, system manufacturers from around the world are expected to announce hundreds of Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 family-based platforms. These manufacturers across servers, storage and networking include Bull, Cray, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Lenovo, NEC, Oracle, Quanta, Radisys, SGI, Sugon and Supermicro, among many others.

Srinivas Tadigadapa, Director – Enterprise Solution Sales, Intel South Asia, said, “The Xeon processor E5 v3 family-based platforms is one among many strategic steps to enable a Software Defined Infrastructure. The new Intel processors provide leadership performance for compute, storage and network workloads to enable efficient and dynamic operation in cloud environments. The digital services economy requires agility and scale that demands all infrastructure resources be programmable and highly configurable. Software Defined Infrastructure has the potential to make a significant impact on the enterprise landscape the world over, and Intel has been investing strategically to be prepared ahead. Together, with the support of the ecosystem, we can confidently say that Intel’s SDI approach is a winning proposition which has and will continue to benefit our partners and customers with cloud-based services.”   

Bharat Shah, Global Product Head-Securities Trading, TCS BaNCS, Tata Consultancy Services elaborated on how the Xeon E5 V3 enabled TCS to take advantage of the latest generation of the Intel  Xeon E5 processor family to build its competencies to architect and design enterprise solutions. 

Bharat Shah further added, “High frequency trading is driving the demand for ultra-low latency with increasingly faster execution. The leading institutions using TCS BaNCS platform have been demanding a faster platform but definitely at a lesser cost. Running TCS BaNCS on Intel Xeon E5 v3 processor, we saw a 1.35X3 faster response time and reduced latency levels, which in turn will help us deliver competitive advantage to our customers to do more with less. The latest generation of the Intel Xeon E5 processor family has more cores, more cache and faster memory speeds which reduces the latency and increases throughput with a cost advantage.”

Enabling Software Defined Infrastructure

Software defined infrastructure (SDI) is the foundation for cloud computing. The digital services economy requires agility and scale that demands all infrastructure resources be programmable and highly configurable. These abilities, coupled with telemetry, analytics, and automated actions, allow the data center to become highly optimized. Intel continues to invest in delivering this vision of an automated data center, and with the new Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family, the company has introduced key sensors and telemetry that further enhance SDI.

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family introduce new features that provide greater visibility into the system than ever before. A new cache monitoring feature provides data to enable orchestration tools to intelligently place and rebalance workloads resulting in faster completion times. This also provides the ability to conduct analysis of performance anomalies due to competition for cache in a multitenant cloud environment where there is little visibility into what workloads consumers are running.

The new processors also include platform telemetry sensors and metrics for CPU, memory and I/O utilization. With the addition of thermal sensors for airflow and outlet temperature, the visibility and control has increased significantly from the prior generation. The processors offer a holistic set of sensors and telemetry for any SDI orchestration solution to more closely monitor, manage and control system utilization to help maximize data center efficiency for a lower total cost of ownership.

Increased Performance and Energy Efficiency

With up to 18 cores per socket and 45MB of last-level cache, the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family provides up to 50 percent more cores and cache compared to the previous generation processors. In addition, an extension to Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel AVX2) doubles the width of vector integer instructions to 256 bits per clock cycle for integer sensitive workloads and delivers up to 1.9x higher performance gains.

The Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family also increases virtualization density, allowing support for up to 70 percent more VMs per server compared to the previous generation processors, which helps to reduce data center operational expenses. Memory bandwidth constrained workloads will gain up to 1.4x higher performance compared to the previous generation with the support of next-generation DDR4 memory. Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) have also been enhanced to accelerate data encryption and decryption by up to 2x without sacrificing application response times.

The processors are built using Intel’s industry-leading and energy-efficient 22nm, 3-D Tri-Gate technology, cutting power consumption while boosting performance of transistors. The new “per-core” power states dynamically regulate and adjust power in each processor core for more power-efficient workload processing.

Combining both record performance and advanced efficiency features, the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family sets a new world record for server energy efficiency based on performance per watt. 

Creating Open, Flexible Networks with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Processors

Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors can be paired with the Intel Communications Chipset 89xx series featuring Intel Quick Assist Technology to enable faster encryption and compression performance to improve security in a wide range of workloads. Service providers and networking equipment providers can use the platform to consolidate multiple communications workloads onto a single, standardized and flexible architecture to speed up services deployment, reduce costs, and create a more consistent and secure user experience.

In addition, the new Intel Ethernet Controller XL710 family helps address the increasing demands on networks with capabilities to enable better performance for virtualized servers and networks. The flexible 10/40 gigabit Ethernet controller provides twice the bandwidth while consuming half the power compared with the previous generation.

Pricing details

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family will be offered with 26 different parts that range in price from $213 to $2,702 in quantities of 1,000. Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 workstations will be offered with six different parts in prices ranging from $295 to $1,723.

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