At a press event in San Francisco on March 6, 2012, Diane Bryant, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, announced the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600, a processor designed to significantly boost overall server performance and power specialized networking and storage solutions. Bryant described how in a connected world, IT must transform itself to become a leader for its organization and provide compelling user experiences to hundreds of millions of users across billions of devices. To keep up with the explosive growth of data and the increasing array of endpoint devices, IT must scale, but data centers face significant challenges to scaling efficiently: storage, security threats, network bottlenecks, power, space and budget constraints, and interoperability.

Bryant described how the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family is designed specifically to handle the challenges of a connected world and serve as the heart of the data center. Nazeemudeen Noordeen, lead architect of the group designing the new processor, went on to describe how the significant performance increases were accomplished with special circuitry and instructions that reduce the delay in moving data from the network and through the processor.

Several customers using hardware built with the new processor described real-world benefits:

• Mario Müller spoke from BMW, explaining how the Intel Xeon processor E5 family is already helping the company manage over a million requests a day from soon-to-be 10 million cars with embedded applications.

• Derek Chan from DreamWorks described how the new processor is delivering a new level of performance that will change the way the company makes movies, processing 1 terabyte (TB) of data per day to meet the demands of high-performance animation and rendering workloads.

• Alex Rodriguez from Expedient discussed the importance of security built deep in the hardware through the new processor, enforcing trusted computing environments that make it possible to move mission-critical workloads to the cloud. He also explained that the integrated support for 10 gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) combined with the Intel 10 GbE solution has improved network bandwidth and performance, while simplifying server architecture.

Bryant also announced that over 400 designs have already been developed with the new Intel Xeon processor—and not just in the server area, but also storage and networking—by Intel’s record-breaking partners.