Intel intros E5 Xeon processors designed for cloud connectivity

Intel has unveiled a new Xeon E5 processor family as the chip maker aims to handle 15 billion devices connected to the cloud by 2015.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel has unveiled its new Xeon processor E5-2600 product family, touted to meet the demands of an increasingly connected world.

Intel cited a recent forecast from Cisco that predicts we'll see at least 3 billion connected users with 15 billion connected devices by 2015.

Thus, because all of these embedded devices have connections back to the data center, they are fueling data center growth. All of this calls for enhanced technology, both in the data centers and the devices themselves.

What Intel is promising with the new E5 family is boils down to some simple but important perks, which are basically more options with more compelling user experiences worldwide for personal and business purposes. This means more connectivity on everything from cars to home appliances.

In comparison to the previous generation, the "record-breaking" Xeon E5 family is touted to be 80 percent faster and more than 50 percent more energy efficient.

Some of the nitty-gritty specs include support for up to eight cores per processor and up to 768GB of system memory. The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family is also boasted to be the first server processors I/O controller integration supporting PCI Express 3.0 directly into the microprocessor.

Intel argues that the role of IT is changing here too, becoming inextricably linked to both the support and business ends rather than just being a supporting role in the background.

All of this translates to scale. Intel believes that IT must scale to be more responsive and energy efficient with a purer performance in a secure environment.

Intel reps admitted there are still some roadblocks -- namely interoperability and security issues.

Intel's Cloud 2015 Vision roadmap is designed to meet these challenges, and it is based on three tenets:

  • Federated: Shared data securely across private and public clouds
  • Automated: IT can focus on more innovation and less on management
  • Client Aware: Optimizing services based on device capability

Intel isn't doing this alone, and it has already formed over 50 alliances with other cloud builders for reference architectures available for the Intel Xeon E5 family. Some of those partners include VMware, Dell, HP and IBM.