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Performance + Reliability + Security = Intel Xeon Processor Formula for Mission-Critical Computing

Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 Family Delivers Record-Breaking Performance,
New Security, Reliability and Energy Efficiency Features


  • Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family sets a new standard in reliability, availability, security and performance to help IT managers address data-intensive workloads.
  • Two new security features help ensure the highest levels of data integrity and system uptime.
  • Supports up to 10 cores, delivers up to 40 percent greater performance¹ than the previous- generation processor, and improved energy efficiency with a new feature that dynamically adjusts power consumption based on workload.
  • Builds on Intel’s commitment to democratize mission-critical computing by accelerating the migration away from proprietary computing environments.
  • Intel India team works hand in hand with other teams across the world on design of the new chips.

Mumbai, India, April 12, 2011 – Enabling IT departments to better manage data-intensive environments through new security and reliability features and record-breaking performance, a new family of server processors that accelerate mission-critical computing have been announced by Intel.

The record-setting Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800/2800 product families build on Intel’s previous generation of server processors to set a new standard for high-end computing applications, including business intelligence, real-time data analytics and virtualization . Strengthening the line of defense for data centers, the new processors also provide advanced security features that ensure greater data integrity.

"Intel has been changing the economics for mission-critical computing server deployments for more than a decade, and today we are raising the bar yet again," said Tom Kilroy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sales & Marketing Group, Intel Corporation. "The new Intel Xeon processor E7 family delivers record breaking performance with powerful new security, reliability and energy efficiency enhancements. The industry momentum we’re seeing for this new server processor architecture is unparalleled in Intel’s history. The days of IT organizations being forced to deploy expensive, closed RISC architectures for mission-critical applications are rapidly nearing an end."

Based on Intel’s leading 32-nanometer (nm) process technology, the new Intel Xeon processors have up to 10 cores with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, and deliver up to 40 percent greater performance than the Intel® Xeon® 7500 series processor. Concurrently, a new energy-saving feature reduces the power draw of idle portions of the chip. Beginning today, more than 35 systems based on the Intel Xeon processor E7 family are expected to ship from manufacturers around the world.

Significant Contribution by Intel India

The Intel India team based in Bangalore jointly led the design of the Intel Xeon processor E7 family, which is a global program performed in collaboration with other teams in the U.S. (Du Pont, Wash., Hillsboro, Ore. and Santa Clara, Calif.), Malaysia (Penang), Mexico (Guadalajara), and Costa Rica. The Intel Xeon processor E7 family is Intel’s first 10-core processor with 30MB of L3 cache memory and 2.9 billion transistors.

The Intel India team planned and executed design activities including designing, pre and post silicon logic validation to get the Intel Xeon processor E7 family productized.

"This product demanded a significant amount of innovation and cross-geo teamwork, and the team in India has once again proven its exceptional engineering capability and showed us its focus on execution and innovation. I am happy to be here in India to share the spirit and sense of accomplishment with the team," said R. Sivakumar, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel South Asia, applauding the India design team on its efforts.

Record-Breaking, Energy-Efficient Performance

The new processor family contains 18 new processors for two-, four- and eight-socket servers, and is expandable to servers with 256 sockets. It also sets more than a dozen world records in performance . A 40 percent improvement in generational compute-intensive performance can enhance the pace and accuracy of applications in such fields as scientific research and financial services where speed is essential. With up to 25 percent better performance with virtual machine3 applications than the current generation, the new chips also hold the industry’s highest virtualization performance.

"With a heterogeneous environment and extremely limited Data Centre space, we needed a platform which gave performance and reliability and made the best use of space and power. Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family based servers delivered higher performance along with reliability and it fulfills our strict requirements for clients from BFSI vertical. By using low power these multi-core & multi sockets based servers; we achieved outstanding performance without increasing power, real estate, or heat. We will recommend this Intel Xeon based configuration to our customers" said Sharad Sanghi, CEO & MD, Netmagic Solutions.

IT managers seeking to achieve greater economic efficiencies can replace 18 dual-core servers² with a single Xeon processor E7-based server. To help address rising energy costs, the new Xeon chips include Intel® Intelligent Power technology that dynamically reduces idle power consumption of the chip based on the workload while also delivering advanced processor power-management capabilities. Intel Xeon processor E7 family based-platforms add a massive 2 Terabyte of memory in a four-socket system supported by the new processors. Most of these chips also contain Intel® Turbo Boost Technology , Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT) , which can increase performance as required, ease multitasking and enhance reliability and manageability, respectively.

New Security, Reliability Features

Intel is bringing its leading security technologies available today in its mainstream Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series, to the mission-critical server segment with the introduction of platforms based on the Xeon processor E7 family. Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction (AES-NI) allows systems to quickly encrypt and decrypt data running over a range of applications and transactions, while Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) creates a secure platform at boot-up by protecting applications from malicious threats. Together, these security features can ensure that virtualized environments are more reliably secure when they are launched, migrated or at rest, as well as experience better performance and functionality.

Commenting on the features Mr. Umesh Jain, Senior President and CIO, YES Bank said "At YES BANK security is of utmost importance to us as we deal with large volumes of highly confidential customer data on a daily basis. We are confident that the new security capabilities of Intel Xeon E7 Processor family will allow to seamlessly and securely process loads of data across our network and offer enhanced performance to our regular business processes".

Extensive Industry Support

Starting today, system manufacturers from around the world are expected to announce more than 35 Xeon processor E7 family-based platforms. These manufacturers include Bull*, Cisco*, Cray*, Dawning*, Dell*, Fujitsu*, Hitachi*, HP*, Huawei*, IBM*, Inspur*, Lenovo*, NEC*, Oracle*, PowerLeader*, Quanta*, SGI*, Supermicro* and Unisys*. Numerous enterprise software vendors also support Xeon processor E7 family-based platforms, including IBM*, Microsoft*, Oracle*, Red Hat*, SAP AG* and VMware*.

Product, Pricing Details

The Xeon processor E7-8800/4800/2800 families range in price from $774 to $4,616 in quantities of 1,000. Complete pricing details can be found in the Intel Newsroom . For more details on these new Intel Xeon processors, visit www.intel.com/xeon . For more details on world records and other claims, visit www.intel.com/performance/server/ .

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¹SPECint*_rate_base2006 benchmark comparing next-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4870 (30M cache, 2.40GHz, 6.40GT/s Intel® QPI) scoring 1,010 (includes Intel Compiler XE2011 improvements accounting for about 11 percent of the performance boost) to X7560 (24M cache,2.26GHz, 6.40GT/s Intel QPI) scoring 723 (Intel Compiler 11.1). Source: Intel SSG TR#1131.
²Intel measurements as of March 2011 of Xeon E7-4800 and dual 4-socket systems. Performance comparison using SPECint_rate_base2006. Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. 3Up to 2.8x scaling transaction improvement claim based on internal OLTP benchmark comparing next-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4870 (30M cache, 2.40GHz, 6.40GT/s Intel® QPI, codenamed “Westmere-EX”) scoring 2.73M transactions (leading database vendor) to X5680 (12M cache, 3.33GHz, 6.40GT/s Intel QPI, formerly codenamed “Westmere-EP”) scoring 970K transactions. Source: Intel SSG TR#1120. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information on performance tests and on the performance of Intel products, visit www.intel.com/performance/resources or call (U.S.) 800-628-8686 or 916-356-3104.

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