With the launch of the new Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v4 series processor, cloud computing is about to take a big step forward. Starting today, Intel is releasing the latest processor in their Xeon based Broadwell-EP product line. With 22 cores/44 threads per CPU, DDR4 2400MHz memory support, and built-in features geared towards software-defined computing solutions, this next-generation microprocessor is uniquely suited to handle the evolving needs of cloud and data center infrastructures.
According to the RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud, more than 95% of businesses are using a cloud of some sort for Enterprise IT, while 71% are experimenting with hybrid cloud adoption. More importantly, companies are far more likely to shift Enterprise workloads to the cloud in times of need, and for the first time ever, companies are citing cloud cost management as a bigger concern than security. This is where the new E5-2600 v4 processor (Intel Grantley) can be so valuable in the dual-socket market space.
With an increased core count, HyperThreading capabilities, and enhanced workload optimization, the v4 processor is far more efficient when it comes to cloud computing (IaaS) and data-intensive applications related to the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). With the Intel Grantley v4 platform, you are basically getting 10% more performance than the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3, for the same cost.
This comparative performance increase can be leveraged to even greater effect when the E5-2600 v4 is paired with data center servers that can be run on open standards like Apache Hadoop and OpenStack. For example, CB3 (Cloud Basic Building Blocks) is an Enterprise-class server series that utilizes a modular building block design to maximize efficiency in cloud infrastructures, so that companies can easily scale up even as they experiment with different workloads and applications.
The CB3 product line offers a range of uniquely cost-effective solutions for companies that have yet to refine a cloud strategy, because servers can be utilized as building blocks, or as vertically-integrated rack solutions that are delivered fully-tested, pre-loaded with software, and ready to start generating value upon power up. This modular approach is ideal for cloud service providers who need the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of applications, while still minimizing operational overhead.
So while the state of the cloud is still in flux, the performance enhancements of the v4 series, combined with a fresh take on cloud infrastructure management, are encouraging signs for companies that want the flexibility of scalable cloud solutions that can ramp up at a moment’s notice.