Breakthrough Server Innovations and Economics on New Xeon E7 Series Servers

We’re really, really excited about the launch of our new Intel Xeon Processor E7 family.

We’re adding capability and performance that I’ll detail,  but the bigger story is the new innovation these systems are enabling at ISV’s,  along with the great customer implementation examples!

Our new Xeon E7 family continues the story we started  approximately a year ago, with the launch of the Nehalem  (7500 Series) processor, of allowing IT solutions to deliver incredibly  fast answers to the toughest business questions, all at costs below proprietary  RISC systems, without compromising the reliability that IT managers expect.

The new Xeon E7 delivers up to 10 cores with 20 threads of Intel Hyper Threading technology,  30MB of last level cache, and supporting up to 32GB DIMMs—25 percent more  cores, threads and cache than the Xeon 7500 series with up to 40% more  performance, at the same maximum rated power (TDP) of the Xeon 7500 series!  Systems can scale from two to eight sockets  with up to 256 socket systems from OEMs using node controllers.  It also supports new Advanced Encryption  Standard instructions (AES-NI), additional RAS features, and Intel  Virtualization Technology and Trusted Execution Environment.


Since most Mission Critical solutions involve data, let me  tell you about some of the exciting  innovation that our software partners are doing with these new Xeon  systems:

  • Microsoft SQL Server R2 2008 is not only an  enterprise class database, it also integrates a high performance  Business Intelligence (BI) component in the software stack, offering both  complete online transaction processing (OLTP) and on line analytics (OLAP) in a  single license. It then couples this capability with Microsoft Power Pivot and SharePoint  Server to put this capability literally into the hands of individual business  departments.
  • IBM has delivered enterprise-class  database solutions based on IBM DB2 data management software which is now  available on affordable Xeon processor based servers.  IBM DB2 purescale, an optional feature of DB2, delivers nearly unlimited capacity, continuous availability and application  transparency, for transactional databases running on IBM eX5 servers based on Xeon processors.
  • SAP has a new innovative High-Performance Analytic  Appliance (SAP HANA) on the Xeon 7500 series.   SAP HANA is an in-memory  appliance that stores entire data sets in main memory instead of saving to  disk. It allows organizations to instantly analyze all available data from  multiple sources, so companies can gain insight into business operations in  real-time.
  • The Oracle  Exadata Database Machine is an integrated, optimized solution for hosting  Oracle database and delivering OLAP and OLTP. The X2-8 combines scale up (2 Sun  8S-64core) Xeon processors for a high performance, highly available database  grid, along with 14 Xeon based storage servers.

Now the real world jazz starts when customers take Intel’s  new technology, and pair it with this ISV software to deliver real world  solutions.

Anixter, a global distributor  of communication and security products, wire, cable, fasteners and other parts,  maintains a complex inventory of 425,000 parts. They deployed mission critical solutions for VAT taxes, e-Invoice, and  PCM product and parts information, on IBM System X5 servers running IBM DB2  pureScale. According to Bernie O’Connor,  “Performance  is very impressive and so is the resilience of the cluster. If a server  goes down DB2 pureScale recovers in seconds.”

The United States Customs and  Border Protection (CBP) is part of the Department of Homeland Security and are  modernizing its environment and have chosen the Oracle  Exadata Database Machine built on Intel Xeon processor 7500 series.  CBP is the largest Exadata user in the US  with 15 Exadata machines in operation. They found the Oracle Exadata machines  were one quarter (25%) of the cost of their aging SMP mainframe, and ran 10X  faster (do you think they painted flames on the sides of the cabinet?—probably  not).

These are just two stories.   For more checkout the Mission Critical page on the IT center