Lisa Graff, general manager of Intel’s data centre platform, announced the introduction of the E5 Xeon family, perhaps a little delayed, or to be fairer, much anticipated. Data Centres, she said, are connected to billions of devices. “IT not only supports the business, it is the business,” said Graff. It’s a while since Intel announced anything new at the CeBIT conference. There must be a reason. She didn’t say.
Everything she thinks can be boiled down into cloud, consumerisation and big data. An example is airlines. Five or 10 years ago you called the travel agent and the face of the company was the person on the phone. Graff doesn’t go near the phone these days, you do it online, you go straight to the gate and check your smartphone. She didn’t mention security. IT is the face of the company now. The database knows who you are and might even tell the sales person you’re there.
The faceless face of the company has to handle “exploding data”, and power management is very important. When you talk about 100,000 servers being deployed, power is important in terms of cost and managing power. Intel’s focus is to work with its OEM customers and get feedback from people that have to work with this stuff.
The new E5 processor has an 80 percent performance gain, better IO, better security, and the best data centre performance per watt, she said. It’s about balanced performance, said Graff. She showed off a wafer and the cameras started snapping. “You didn’t take as many photos when it was just me,” she quipped.
Intel claims three times the IO for this family. That’s because the IO hub is now part of the processor and integrated PCI Express 3.0 into the processor.