Intel is looking to modernize data centers with its new Xeon server chips

Intel has designed its latest server chips to provide the building blocks to modernize “legacy data centers” by providing more processing cores, throughput and power-saving features. The Xeon E5-2600 v3 chips are the company’s fastest server chips to date, said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, at a media event in San Francisco on Monday. The chips are based on the Haswell microarchitecture and will replace the Xeon E5-2600 v2 chips, code-named Romley, which accounted for more than 80 percent of Intel server chips shipped in the most recent fiscal quarter.

Intel Corp. unveiled its latest microprocessor for corporate computing rooms, a new version of its Xeon chip that the company said offers up to three times the performance of prior models. The company said its new Xeon E5-2600 v3, which comes in 26 variations, offers a series of enhancements that include core circuitry for up to 18 processors, compared with 12 processor cores in prior Xeons. Intel since the 1990s has turned the x86 chip design that evolved from personal computers—also used by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. –into the overwhelming favorite for servers. The company’s share of shipments of server chips stood at 97.8% in the second quarter, according to Mercury Research. With further market-share gains in servers difficult, Intel is eager to take on other jobs in data centers. The company hopes to replace special-purpose networking and data-storage hardware with software applications running on Xeon chips—a trend called “software-defined infrastructure” that backers say can reduce costs and allow new applications to be deployed more quickly.

By Louie Baur

+Louie Baur is Editor at Long Beach Louie, a Long Beach Restaurant Review site as well as Skateboard Park. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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