Intel spins shrinking the die in data centre tale

Chip giant Intel outlined its server plans for the future today. It claims it spans the “full range” of needs for data centres based on Itanium (remember that?) and Xeon chips.

The Intel Xeon will dominate the server market by 2014, it said, but will also offer “density optimised” CPUs to help your average corporation along. It is pushing the idea of “micro servers” – machines that use one socket, share a chassis, and can provide four times the servers per rack.

Over the next five years, Intel estimates, micro servers will gobble up to 10 percent of the server market segment. You cannot underestimate Intel – it has already gobbled up the CPU market big time. Sun Microsystems used to own the workstation market. Where is Sun now? Eclipsed by Oracle.

It says it has a number of big players on its side for the micro server concept including Quanta – a huge Taiwanese ODM, Tyan – owned by Mitac now, Dell,  Seamicro and a company called Supermicro which we’ve barely heard of.

Gio Coglitore, director of the unlikely sounding “Facebook Labs”, endorsed Intel’s server roadmaps.

Intel claims that its server CPUs will give up to 2.2 times better system performance per watt over its last generation, while CPU power reduction will be up to a third – that is comparing the E3-1220L (30 Watts) compared to the Xeon L3426 at 45 Watts.

A corporation would surely be foolish not to want to upgrade its data centres to the newest microprocessor, Intel is hinting.

The Itanium was hardly mentioned. Earlier today, we reported massive shutdowns of data centres in Japan. But Intel claimed it wasn’t affected by the earthquake and tsunami that followed. AMD, as usual, was unavailable for comment on Intel’s claims.