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