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Add flexibility, save time and money with Intel Speed Select Technology

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by Peter Krass on 09/30/2019
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Configuring servers would be easy — if only your customers knew the exact character of their workloads, and if only those workloads never changed over time.

But of course many customers don’t know the exact character of their workloads. And of course many workloads do change over time. All this can make configuring servers anything but easy.

Intel is here to help. Three of the company’s 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors now feature a handy collection of capabilities known as Intel Speed Select Technology.

Save your time, their money

Intel Speed Select can save you time during a proof-of-concept (PoC), and it can save your customers money.

It does this by letting you (or your customer) use just one server CPU for testing under different workloads. This way, you don’t have to take the time to set up multiple test servers, and your customers don’t have to pay for them, either.

Essentially, Intel Speed Select changes the BIOS setting to offer different processor configurations, jiggling the number of CPU cores and frequencies. Once you find the right match for your customer’s workloads, you can then order as many servers as the customer needs, confident they’ll have the best CPU configuration.

Cool benefits

The potential benefits are pretty impressive. Intel Speed Select can help your customers improve CPU utilization through SKU consolidation. It can also give them the flexibility to select CPU frequency and core combinations.

Your customers can also optimize server performance over time by configuring CPUs and then monitoring them as workloads change. And they can lower their total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing the number of servers they need to maintain and boosting their efficiency.

This makes Intel Speed Select Technology ideal for several common situations:

> Development work where customers aren’t sure which CPU would be best.

> Customers with older server hardware that no longer matches their changing workloads.

> Production environments (such as cloud) handling workloads that are unpredictable and fast-changing.

Timely changes

But what if your customer’s workload changes over time? Intel Speed Select technology has you covered there, too.

Intel realizes that most server hardware is kept for 3 to 5 years — way too long for anyone to predict which workloads will be running.

So with Intel Speed Select technology, when a customer’s workload changes, they can use the technology to determine the best CPU settings for the new situation. Then they can retune their servers.

3 SKUs

Currently, Intel Speed Select technology is supported on three 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. All have 4-digit SKUs plus the letter “Y” at the end:

> Intel Xeon Platinum 8260Y processor: 24 cores; 2.4 GHz base frequency/3.9 GHz max. frequency; 35.75 MB cache

> Intel Xeon Gold 6240Y processor: 18 cores; 2.6 GHz base frequency/3.9 GHz max. frequency; 24.75 MB cache

> Intel Xeon Silver 4214Y processor: 12 cores; 2.2 GHz base frequency/3.2 GHz max. frequency; 16.5 MB cache

With Intel Speed Select, these SKUs can lower your customers’ costs and reduce data-center complexity. By enabling CPU SKU consolidation, you’ll have fewer systems to test and validate, as will your customers. That’s less costly for your customers and less time-consuming for you.

Wouldn’t you like to make configuring servers a whole lot easier? Then check out 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors with Intel Speed Select Technology.

Explore related resources:

> Podcast: Intel Speed Select Technology

>Training: Selling 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors Workload-Optimized SKUs

> Sales Guide: Intel Speed Select Technology


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