Maximizing IT Value by Using High-End Server Processors

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IT Best Practices: Intel IT has standardized on Intel Xeon processors with a core frequency of 2.6 gigahertz (GHz) for two-socket servers to offer maximum IT value for design computing and enterprise server virtualization. Our analysis demonstrates that higher-end processors significantly enhance server performance throughput for a minimal increase in total cost of ownership (TCO).

We compared a wide range of server processor frequencies in our analysis, starting with lower-end Intel Xeon processor E5-2603 (four cores, 1.8 GHz) and including higher-end Intel Xeon processor E5-2640 (six cores, 2.5 GHz) and Intel Xeon processor E5-2670 (eight cores, 2.6 GHz). For Intel’s electronic design automation (EDA) workloads, real-world application testing confirmed that servers based on the high-end processor delivered the same performance throughput for an estimated 33-percent lower TCO.

Our analysis demonstrated to Intel IT management and purchasing groups that software acquisition and licensing costs—which represent 3x to 6x the cost of the hardware platform—are the largest drivers of overall TCO for servers deployed at Intel. We concluded that standardizing on high-end processors is a cost-effective way for Intel IT to maximize server return on investment (ROI).

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