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Intel® processors optimize server power consumption

Intel’s next-generation servers reduce power consumption

As cloud-computing services and other forces increase the demands of your data center, creating a more efficient IT infrastructure is essential. With the right server technology, not only can you put more powerful applications in the hands of users via your private cloud, you can simultaneously keep your energy bills down.

Automated power management

With the versatility to automate and adapt performance to meet server workloads, Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family-based servers deliver a noticeable improvement in your data center’s ability to handle storage, network, virtualization, and security demands. This improves your ability to allocate and dynamically balance power at the rack, row, or data center level to optimize performance and reduce costs.1, 2

Upgrading to these server processors helps you optimize power in several ways:

  • Fine-tuning control: Power tuning technology uses onboard sensors to give greater control over power and thermal levels across the system.
  • Automatic regulation: Intel® Intelligent Power Technology automatically regulates power consumption to combine industry-leading energy efficiency with intelligent performance that adapts to your workload. It’s supported by the Intel® Node Manager (Intel® NM) for increased rack density and the Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM) for greater data center efficiency.
  • Traffic consolidation: Your data center can consolidate network-attached storage (NAS)-based traffic, simplify cabling for faster connections, and reduce power.

Expected benefits of upgrading

Compared to single-core servers, Intel Xeon processor E5 family-based servers demonstrate vastly improved efficiency by multiple measures:

  • Increase rack density up to 40 percent.3,4
  • Get up to 50 percent more performance than previous generations with servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 product families.5,6

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1. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

2. Source: Performance comparison using SPECint*_rate_base2006 benchmark at the same TDP. Baseline score of 391 on previous-generation 2S Intel® Xeon® processor X5690 based on best published score to www.spec.org as of October 6, 2011. For more details, see: http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2011q3/cpu2006-20110831-18532.html. New score of 616 based on Intel internal measured estimates using an Intel platform with two Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2680, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology enabled, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) enabled, 64 GB RAM, Red Hat Enterprise Linux* Server 6.1 beta for x86_6.

3. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

4. 40 percent increase in density per published proof of concept at http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-4212.

5. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information go to http://www.intel.com/performance. Results have been measured by Intel based on software, benchmark or other data of third parties and are provided for informational purposes only.  Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.  Intel does not control or audit the design or implementation of third party data referenced in this document.  Intel encourages all of its customers to visit the websites of the referenced third parties or other sources to confirm whether the referenced data is accurate and reflects performance of systems available for purchase.

6. Baseline configuration and score on SPECVirt_sc*2013 benchmark: Platform with two Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2690, 256GB memory, RHEL 6.4(KVM). Baseline source as of July 2013. Score: 624.9 @ 37 VMs. New configuration: IBM System x3650 M4* platform with two Intel Xeon processor E5-2697 v2, 512GB memory, RHEL 6.4(KVM). Source: Submitted to SPEC* for review/publication as of Sept. 10, 2013. Score: 947.9 @ 57 VMs.