Put Some Sand in Your Servers

Just when you thought it was safe to try to use all that spare computing power your Intel servers have laying around comes word that Intel’s Xeon processor (code named: Sandy Bridge) has been engineered to increase server performance ---- by up to a whopping 80%. You read that right. But this perky fellow doesn’t stop there. Sandy Bridge is also engineered to improves energy efficiency -- by up to 50%! Those are amazing specifications – if they can hold-up to the rigors of the real world. Intel’s marketing and introductory documentation materials make a strong case for this new puppy. Timing couldn’t be better – market research seems to indicate that a lot of those welded-shut wallets that CIOs and IT Managers have been sitting on for the past 3 or 4 years are slowly opening. And with 3 or 4 years’ worth of pent-up demand for new hardware coupled with, what, only a 50, or 60, or 80% increase in server performance means added urgency for server consolidation and virtualization projects – not to mention uber-powerful private and hybrid clouds based-on this new, more powerful, more ‘green’ technology! Moore’s Law, lives on! See you next time!