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Your customers’ data centers are changing. They’re adding hybrid clouds. Beefing up security. Increasing scalability. So it makes sense that the processors powering your customers’ data-center servers should be changing, too.

That’s why Intel earlier this year introduced the Intel Xeon Scalable processor family. These new CPUs are workload-optimized to support hybrid clouds, high-demand applications, hardware-based security and dynamic service delivery. In other words, precisely what today’s data centers demand.

The Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver all this, and more, with some highly innovative new features. These include Intel Advanced Vector Extension 512 (Intel AVX-512), which improves workload-optimized performance and throughput. Another new feature, Intel QuickAssist Technology (Intel QAT), speeds data compression and cryptography.

Yet another, high-speed Integrated Intel Ethernet, lowers power consumption while improving the transfer latency of large storage blocks and virtual machine (VM) migration. And iWARP technology accelerates the Ethernet by managing RDMA network connections, eliminating queues and network-related interrupts. This improves the performance of certain applications, including Storage Spaces Direct and VM migration.

4 new brands

The new Intel Xeon Scalable processor line is a single scalable family. It replaces the company’s previous Xeon E5/E7 designation with 4 new brands:

> Platinum: Offers the best performance, hardware-enhanced security and superior business agility. This processor packs up to 28 cores and is scalable up to 8 sockets or 224 cores in a system, and it also offers up to 12 TB of memory. SKUs start 81xx.

> Gold: Offers great performance, fast memory, more interconnect/accelerator engines, advanced reliability. There are 2 subsets: The 5000 series accommodates as many as 14 cores, scaling up to 4 sockets for up to 56 cores in a system, and it has up to 3 TB of memory. The 6000 series offers up to 88 cores (22 cores x 4 sockets) and 6 TB of memory. SKUs start 61xx and 51xx.

> Silver: Offers efficient performance with a power requirement as low as 70 Watts. This processor has up to 12 cores and scales to two sockets; it also has up to 1.5 TB of memory. SKUs start 41xx.

> Bronze: Offers entry-level performance with up to 8 cores scaling to two sockets (or 16 cores in a system), and 1 TB of memory. SKUs start 31xx.

Intel Xeon Scalable Processor family

3-in-1 CPU tools

To help you and your data-center customers transition to the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel has created the Xeon Processor Advisor Tool Suite. It’s an easy-to-use online suite offering 3 tools:

> Transition Guide: To discover the benefits of the new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, first select your customer’s existing Xeon Processors. This tool will then suggest up to 3 Xeon Scalable processors to choose from. A comparison table will highlight key features — performance, power and price — and let you compare the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your selections.

> Intel Xeon Processor Advisor Tool: Explore the Intel Xeon Processor family by comparing 2 Xeon processors side-by-side. It shows their performance, power, TCO and ROI calculations, helping you choose the right Intel Xeon Processor for your customer’s needs.

> Intel Data Center TCO: Get side-by-side, total-cost-of-ownership calculations for 2 servers based on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. You can also personalize the results by choosing among various options, including operating system, hypervisor, cost/kilowatt-hour, software licensing and maintenance costs.

So for your customers’ changing data centers, you now have a choice of new Intel server processors — and online Intel tools to help you select the best fit.

Get started with these resources:

Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Advisor Tool Suite (public version)

Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Advisor Tool Suite (single sign-on version)

Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Resources

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Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Training Opportunities



To learn even more, join our live chat with 2 Intel representatives. The live chat, Transition to Intel Xeon Scalable processors with the Intel Xeon Processor Advisor Tool, will be hosted by Tech Provider Zone on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Join us, and you’ll chat live with two Intel representatives: channel marketing manager James Vogeltanz and Xeon channel manager Bryan Hiestand.

To get your top questions answered by these Intel experts, register now and join the live chat on Dec. 7.


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