Intel has unveiled eight new dual-core Xeon 7100 series processors that will see use in servers from companies such as Dell, which has announced that it will deploy the chips in a new product line.
Intel says the 7100 series, known as Tulsa, delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated energy costs.
The new processor series offers up to twice the performance and nearly three times better performance per watt over previous Intel Xeon MP processors, and the chip giant believes that the series offers greater performance headroom than competitive offerings.
Servers based on these platforms are an excellent choice for server consolidation, says Intel, especially for those companies interested in virtualisation. In addition it sees the chips as being the engine for running enterprise workloads such as database, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and e-commerce applications.
Servers based on new processors are expected to be available from more than 40 system manufacturers but Dell has been among those quickest off the block. Dell has enhanced its quad-socket servers with 7100 series processors and system management software in order to simplify datacentre operations. Dell PowerEdge 6800 and 6850 servers will be packaged with the new chip.
This was first published in September 2006