While there is no shortage of server vendors lending their weight to the official launch today of the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processor series, otherwise known by the codename Broadwell, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) is taking advantage of the opportunity to add a new level of persistent memory to its x86 servers.
Susan Blocher, global vice president of marketing for the HPE Servers business unit, says applications will soon be able to take advantage of 8GB of non-volatile DIMMs (NVDIMMs) that HPE will offer on HPE ProLiant Gen9 servers configured with the latest Intel Xeon processor series. The end result is a form of persistent storage that provides a ten-fold increase in I/O performance, which HPE says results in as much as a factor of four improvement in database and analytics application performance.
HPE, says Blocher, expects to be able to provide this capability uniquely for roughly a year after the launch of the Intel Xeon E5- 2600 v4, during which time HPE will continue to increase the amount of NVDIMM capacity it will make available on its servers.
Couple that with the 22 cores provided by Intel Xeon E5- 2600 v4 series, memory speeds of up to 2400MT/s, and 2TB of solid-state drives (SSDs), and Blocher says the latest HPE ProLiant Gen9 servers represent a lot more than just your average Intel processor refresh.
Competition across the x86 server space is fierce. But for the first time in long while, it looks like server vendors such as HPE are investing in their own innovations versus simply packaging up innovations that Intel makes available across its entire base of x86 server vendor partners.