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by on Sep.25, 2009, under Storage

Mission Critical? Meet Next-Gen Nehalem-EX.

Let’s face it-there’s a large following around Intel® Xeon® processors. After all, they are the world’s most widely deployed server, and for good reasons. IT has grown to rely on Intel Xeon processors for their performance, reliability, virtualization capabilities, and a whole lot more.

And at this week’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel Senior Fellow Stephen Pawlowski took the stage to discuss the next generation of Intel Xeon processors, codenamed Nehalem-EX. “We’ve had a number of customers who have come to us and said, ‘we want to be able to use Xeon and also the mission critical segment. What kinds of things or what kinds of capabilities can you put in there?’” spoke Pawlowski in his IDF session. The answer? Intel is throwing a whole lot at Nehalem-EX in response to growing demands.

“Nehalem-EX processor is an eight-core chip connected through a bidirectional ring interconnect. It still leverages the hyper-threading technology that was put into Nehalem,” said Pawlowski. “And in the end, the benefit especially in the market segments that are traditionally leveraged through transaction computing saw significant benefits, in some cases, upwards to 30 and 40 percent.”

Designed for mission-critical performance, RAS, along with hardware-based virtualization, Nehalem-EX has got an industry-standard server makeover, with the ability to monitor, report, and recover from hardware errors to maintain data integrity and keep mission-critical services online. And that’s just the half of it. With Nehalem-EX, IT and business knows that they’ve got a solid roadmap they can rely on for years to come.

Download Stephen Pawlowski’s IDF session (PDF 1.94MB) Nehalem-EXStevePawlowski_IDF.pdf

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