By Mark Coggin, senior director, Red Hat
Red Hat has had a long-standing history of engineering collaboration with Intel, spanning more than a decade. The relationship has become a case study in how two companies, one focused on software, the other on hardware, can create open source solutions that can transform the datacenter.
One recent example of this partnership is the IntelÂ® XeonÂ® Processor E5 2600 v2 product family, which promises increased memory bandwidth, lower power consumption, and improved memory architecture and caching advancements. For Red Hat this innovative hardware technology translates into better software for our enterprise platform â€“ Red Hat Enterprise Linux. We have seen up to 50 percent increased performance and up to 45 percent greater energy efficiency with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, on a gen-to-gen basis, not to mention, advanced power monitoring and control, thanks to the tight integration and enablement with the underlying Intel-based hardware.
Red Hat leads the industry in delivering easy-to-manage open hybrid cloud solutions that are capable of running applications efficiently and reliably. With Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Storage, and the vast choice of applications optimized for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and IntelÂ® architecture, customers have a solid foundation for building and expanding their clouds.
Red Hatâ€™s vice president and general manager of the Platform Business Unit, Jim Totton, discussed the collaboration between Red Hat and Intel over the years in a video. The foundation of Intel servers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux is creating the next generation of data centers â€“ with both the consistency and agility across physical, virtual, and cloud deployments.
See what else Red Hat is up to at http://red.ht/byOJpD. Also, be sure to check out, http://intel.ly/11A5aF2 to learn about the latest technology advancements in Intel architecture and IntelÂ® technologies. Please follow my twitter handle, @markscoggin and @RedHatNews.
 Baseline Configuration and Score on SPECint*_base2006 Benchmark: IntelÂ® XeonÂ® processor E5-2690 platform, 128GB memory, RHEL* 6.1. Intel Compiler 188.8.131.52. Source as of Dec 2011. Score: 56.3. New Configuration: Cisco UCS C220 M3* with two IntelÂ® XeonÂ® Processor E5-2697 v2, 128GB memory, SLES* 11 SP3. Intel compiler 14.0. Source as of Sept 2013. Score: 63. New Configuration: Cisco UCS C220 M3* with two IntelÂ® XeonÂ® Processor E5-2697 v2, 256 GB memory, SLES* 11 SP3. Intel compiler 14.0. Source as of Sept 2013. Score: 63.
 Baseline Configuration and Score on SPECfp*_base2006 Benchmark: IntelÂ® XeonÂ® processor E5-2690 platform, 128 GB memory, RHEL*6.3. Intel Compiler 184.108.40.206. Source as of April 2013. Score: 92.8. New Configuration: Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX350 S8*, 256 GB memory, RHEL* 6.4, Intel compiler 14.0. Source as of Sept 2013. Score: 109.