Intel on Tuesday rolled out high-end Xeon server processors that promise three times the performance over previous versions.
In a nutshell, Intel is arguing that data centers can replace 20 single core servers with one new Xeon 7500 system.
The Xeon 7500 series launch comes amid a barrage of server and chip news in recent days. Intel rolled out more mainstream Xeons, AMD introduced its response and now we have more. The Xeon 7500 series is more for real-time analytics and high performance computing.
The overall data center upgrade theme, however, still stands. At issue is the third of Intel's customer base---AMD has a similar percentage---that is using single core and older servers. After more than a year of frozen capital spending, Intel is making a push to grab this upgrade cycle. Simply put, there are a lot of servers---not to mention PCs---to replace.
Indeed, Intel said it has rolled out a bevy of new PC and server chips. HP, Dell and IBM among others have launched new server systems. On a Webcast, Intel's Kirk Skaugen, vice president of the chip giant's data center group, said that the Xeon 7500 series is the largest performance jump in the chip's history. "We are democratizing high-end computing," he said.