Latest Intel Xeon Processors Accelerate Data Center Transformation for the Digital Services Era

New Technologies Provide a Range of Capabilities and Are Central to Enabling a Software Defined Infrastructure


  • New monitoring and management features aid rapid, automated deployment of workloads, increase efficiency and improve service quality.
  • Provides leadership performance for compute, storage and network workloads to enable efficient and dynamic operation in cloud environments.
  • Twenty-seven new performance world records1, with increases up to 3x compared with previous generation2.
  • Up to 50 percent more cores and cache3 than the previous generation, and first-ever server platform supporting DDR4 memory for improved application performance.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 8, 2014 — Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families to address the requirements of diverse workloads and the rapidly evolving needs of data centers. The new processor families include numerous enhancements that provide performance increases of up to 3x over the previous generation2, world-class energy efficiency and enhanced security. To facilitate the explosive demand for software defined infrastructure (SDI), the processors expose key metrics, through telemetry, which enable the infrastructure to deliver services with the best performance, resilience and optimized total cost of ownership.

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600/1600 v3 Product Family (Photo: Business Wire)

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600/1600 v3 Product Family (Photo: Business Wire)

The processors will be used in servers, workstations, storage and networking infrastructure to power a broad set of workloads such as data analytics, high-performance computing, telecommunications and cloud-based services, as well as back-end processing for the Internet of Things.

“The digital services economy imposes new requirements on the data center, requirements for automated, dynamic and scalable service delivery,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. “Our new Intel processors deliver unmatched performance, energy efficiency and security, as well as provide visibility into the hardware resources required to enable software defined infrastructure. By enabling the re-architecture of the data center, Intel is helping companies fully exploit the benefits of cloud-based services.”

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 2 (Intel AVX2)4 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 gains5.

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 processors6, which helps to reduce data center operational expenses. Memory bandwidth constrained workloads will gain up to 1.4x higher performance compared to the previous generation7 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 <

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