Bangalore, July 13 2017: With the booming data centre market in its sights, Intel this week unveiled its new and improved Xeon processor line -- a family of 4 processors -- Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum -- offering different levels of performance and up to 28 cores per processor.
The new scalable processor family -- based on Intel's Skylake architecture -- involve a radical change in how the core in a chip connect with each other: what used to be a ring is now a mesh -- making it easy to scale performance up and down depending on the load.
A palpable change could be seen in the way Intel is marketing its latest offerings. This is the first time it is focusing on solutions rather than chips. In fact it distributed 500,000 of the new Xeon processors to server makers as early as November last year and this week was able to point at end solutions from the likes of HPE, Dell and Lenovo, which have successfully deployed the Xeon Processor Scalable Family to demonstrate 1.65x to 2.2x performance improvements over the previous generation of Xeons.
In India, the National Stock Exchange and cloud service provider NextGen were among those who were able to try out the new Xeon family ahead of its commercial launch. "The Bangalore -based teams of Intel contribute several IPs ( intellectual properties) to the Xeon Scalable platform", revealed Senior Director ( Engineering), Intel India, Srikanth Nimmagadda, at the Bangalore launch event.
In another canny move that shows how Intel wants to move up the value chain fro chip provider to solution provider, it also offered ready-made "Select Solutions" -- combos of hardware and software for, VMWare's Virtual SAN, Microsoft's SQL Server and Ubuntu's NFVi . It is now working with system providers like HPE, Ericsson, Lenovo and Huawei to offer the data centre and infrastructure client with ready made solutions.
Said Prakash Mallya, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel India: “As India Inc. increases its investment in technology, the country’s data centre and network infrastructure will undergo a massive transformation. Emerging use cases in the financial, ITeS, healthcare, and academic sectors will necessitate agile networks that can interpret and implement decisions based on artificial intelligence, HPC, and in the near future, 5G."