Intel’s newest server family has a split personality. And that’s a good thing.
On the one hand, the new servers—called the Intel Server System M70KLP family—are designed to run mainstream workloads. On the other, unlike most mainstream devices, Intel’s newest servers also provide extremely high levels of compute and memory density.
The Intel Server System M70KLP family can do this, in part, because it’s the first line of servers to support the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with up to 6 Ultra Path Interconnects (UPIs). It also offers the highest available memory capacity of any Intel server.
As a result, these new servers can handle compute- and memory-intensive workloads. That includes analytics, CRM, database, data mart/warehouse, ERP, OLTP, in-memory database and virtual-machine consolidation.
Yet these new servers can also reduce your customers’ total cost of ownership (TCO). They do this by consolidating workloads, in turn lowering costs for power, space, software licenses, networking components and management.
The Intel Server System M70KLP family offers a line of 4-socket servers, all in a 2U form factor. Four sockets provide some pretty impressive compute power. With each server able to take up to 4 CPUs, and each CPU offering up to 28 cores, that gives you a total maximum count of 112 cores per server.
And not just any CPU, but the 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. They offer up to 40% higher performance than their predecessors.
That gives the Intel Server System M70KLP enough oomph for both enterprise private clouds and “next wave” cloud applications. Within the 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor line, the new servers can handle both the Platinum 83xx and Gold 63xx SKUs. Both are air-cooled.
Memory capacity for the new servers goes up to a max of 15TB per server. This enables larger datasets for in-memory databases. Some of this is achieved with support for the new Intel Optane 200 Series persistent memory (in App Direct mode), which has been optimized to work with the 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.
Storage options are robust, too. The Intel Server System M70KLP supports both Intel Optane SSD and Intel 3D NAND SSD drives. In a single server, you can configure up to 24 drive bays.
The new servers are also certified to work with a wide range of third-party OSes and software. These include Windows Server, Oracle Linux, Ubuntu, VMware, SAP HANA (coming soon), SLES and RHEL.
AI, speed, I/O
This isn’t your father’s server. The new Intel servers boast some other, quite modern features.
That includes built-in AI acceleration. It comes from Intel Deep Learning Boost with VNNI, and the new BFloat16. Both can speed both AI training and inferencing on the server’s general-purpose CPUs.
Another modern feature on board is Intel Speed Select Technology. It lets users dial in Turbo Boost Tech frequencies, on CPU cores they select.
Yet another is an increase in Ultra Path Interconnects for I/O-intensive workloads. Each server can now have up to 6 UPIs, double the previous generation for greater inter-CPU bandwidth.
To keep the new Intel Server System M70KLP family safe and secure, Intel is also packing in hardware-enhanced security features. These help protect against malicious exploits and accelerate data encryption, yet also maintain workload integrity by reducing the server’s performance overhead.
Familiar look & feel
If you’ve already worked with other members of the Intel Server System portfolio, the new Intel Server System M70KLP servers should look and feel familiar. They use the same tools and utilities as the other family members, making your work easier and faster.
Enterprise-class server management tools are included, too. They’re designed to simplify deployment, monitoring, updating and debugging.
Do you have customers looking for servers that can handle just about anything today’s modern workloads can throw at them? Then tell them about the new Intel Server System M70KLP family.