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Xeon E7 v2, the Big Data processor

Xeon E7 v2, the Big Data processor

Intel launches the Xeon E7 v2 family, three years after the v1 family. These new processors are born to analyze Big Data.

It's called Intel Xeon E7 v2 and was created to analyze the immense amount of data that companies are gathering.

by Lino Garbellini

In the era of Big Data processors are needed that can handle the enormous amount of data that the company stores and manages every day, the need for processing that the cloud has made even more important. Intel to offer tools capable of managing this analysis in time in the business real data generated by the Internet and mobile users, has created the Xeon E7 v2 family, three years after the v1 family. These new processors support rapid analysis of large, diversified data sets and provide real-time answers. The performance of the Xeon E7 family in the new version is around 80% higher (according to the Santa Clara company statement), with reduced management costs for companies of over two thirds. The I / O bandwidth is four times higher than the previous generation.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE In our era, having software and machines capable of analyzing large amounts of data and providing usable answers and analyzes, a winning card in many sectors of the business, from insurance and banks to customer care. The purpose is to generate profit starting from the information obtained from targeted analysis of diversified data: "Organizations able to exploit data to obtain information quickly will get a huge advantage in the current economy," said Diane Bryant, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Intel Data Center Group. "The advanced performance, memory capacity and reliability offered by the Intel Xeon E7 v2 processor family allows IT organizations to obtain real-time analysis of large data sets, to identify and exploit new trends, create new services and get business efficiency ". To get an idea of ​​the phenomenon, according to Intel, the big data technology and services market is set to grow by 27% per year to reach $ 32.4 billion in 2017 .

PREVIEW APPLICATIONS IN ITALYTo test the new platform in our country, one of the first companies was Telecom Italia Information Technology that manages 11 datacentres with over 25,000 physical servers. The company is engaged in a migration of part of the managed services, from Unix to Linux. Thanks to the new Intel CPUs and the related processing capacity, Telecom Italia Information Technology has doubled the number of virtual cores available on each server compared to the previous Xeon E7 v1 generation. The use of the Xeon E7 family has also allowed the Italian company lower consumption and a reasonable saving of metric tubes in server farms. Also Telecom Italia Digital Solutions has previewed the new Xeon E7 v2 family, resulting in an increase in the performance of virtualized services. The last of the three companies to take advantage of the performance of the new Intel family before all others was UnipolSai, which included the processors in the production environment, using them to extract data from a database (with improved performance of 40%) and processing of some batch operations performed by the systems, time reductions of almost 30%.