|What follows is a partial Intel press release from a few weeks ago. I am posting it mainly to put out their numbers on storage requirements, which I find a little incredible. In the bolded paragraph below (my bolding).|
New Intel Server Technology: Powering the Cloud to Handle 15 Billion Connected Devices
New Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Product Family at Heart of a Flexible, Efficient Data Center
New Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family is built to scale to meet the demands of an increasingly connected world.
- New server processors deliver up to 80 percent1,2 improved performance compared to the prior generation.
- New Intel® Integrated I/O with PCI Express* 3.0 can up to triple3 the movement of data into and out of the processor so information can be made available faster than ever to support data-hungry applications.
- Best data center performance per watt with over 50 percent1,4 gain on SPECpower_ssj*2008 plus extends platform power control with Intel® Node Manager and Intel® Data Center Manager.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 6, 2012 – Addressing the incredible growth of data traffic in the cloud, Intel Corporation announced the record-breaking Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family. These new processors deliver leadership performance, best data center performance per watt1,4, breakthrough I/O innovation and trusted hardware security features to enable IT to scale. These processors are not only at the heart of servers and workstations, but will also power the next generation of storage and communication systems from leading vendors around the world.
Forecasts call for 15 billion connected devices5 and over 3 billion connected users6 by 2015. The amount of global data center IP traffic is forecasted to grow by 33 percent annually through 2015, surpassing 4.8 zetabytes per year, more than 3 times the amount in 20116. At these levels, each connected user will generate more than 4GB of data traffic every day – the equivalent of a 4-hour HD movie. This will increase the amount of data that needs to be stored by almost 50 percent per year7. In order to scale to meet this growth, the worldwide number of cloud servers is expected to more than triple by 20158.
"The growth in cloud computing and connected devices is transforming the way businesses benefit from IT products and services," said Diane Bryant, Intel vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group. "For businesses to capitalize on these innovations, the industry must address unprecedented demand for efficient, secure and high-performing datacenter infrastructure. The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family is designed to address these challenges by offering unparalleled, balanced performance across compute, storage and network, while reducing operating costs."
The key requirements to enable IT to scale are performance, energy efficiency, I/O bandwidth and security. With the best combination of performance, built-in capabilities and cost-effectiveness, the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product families are designed to address these requirements, and become the heart of the next-generation data center powering servers, storage and communication systems
full PR (with footnotes) at the link--