LAKE WALES Fla.—Intel has completed its yearly redesign of its workhorse E5-2600 processor, now in version four, which Intel claims has hardware features that enhance its use in modern software-defined infrastructure (SDI) in the cloud. Intel also announced a new ultra-large and -fast three-dimensional (3D) NAND solid-state drivers (SSDs) optimized for cloud deployment and collaborations with cloud software and service providers for turn-key availability of cloud solutions, said Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager of Intel Xeon Processors and Data Center Marketing Group in an advance peak at its offerings last month.
New Intel E52600v4 processor offers 44 percent increased performance, 8.2X faster cryptographic hashing, 8X less latency, 70 percent reduction and 24 percent faster message passing, according to Intel.
"The more agile cloud architectures in the new Xeon E5-2600v4 make using the public, private or hybrid cloud and easy choice," said Spelman. “Our software-defined infrastructure solution set put enterprises on the fast track to cloud deployments.”
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According to Spelman, the new Xeon E5-2600v4 not only offer higher performance, hardware cryptography acceleration and turn-key SDI, but also dove tails with Intel's new faster/denser 3-D SSDs that accelerate migration to the cloud plus boost the number of transactions per second that can be performed there.
Intel claims its new E5-2600v4 and its new 3-D NAND solid-state drives (SSDs) are optimized for higher cloud performance.
An SDI accelerates cloud applications by dynamically allocating compute, storage and network resources in real time using smart algorithms that orchestrate the delivery of more services to more users simultaneously. The new Xeon E5-2600v4 using Intel's 14-nanometer 3-D FinFET CMOS process enable improved orchestration, according to Spelman, by giving greater visibility and control to programmers over caches and main memory allocations (see figures for percentage improvements) and accelerated workload handling, isolation security and cryptography.
Intel claims its new E5-2600v4 has hardware features that optimize it for modern software defined infrastructure.
Intel's new 3-D SSDs are optimized for use with the new Xeon E5-2600v plus user the new dual-port PCI Express interface offers five times faster performance over SATA-based SSDs, which also offering redundancy for mission-critical applications.
Collaborations with CoreOS and Mirantis offer open-source turn-key solutions to orchestrating container-based and virtual-machine based SDIs in the cloud. Other collaborations Intel has in place include VMware Centers of Excellence for the cloud, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).
— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times