The release of Intel's (News - Alert) Sandy Bridge core architecture marked a significant step forward for modern desktop and server computing. On the commercial side, consumers saw laptops with greater battery life due to Sandy Bridge's 32nm micro architecture alongside improved processing capabilities. The advantages of Sandy Bridge for businesses leveraging telecom platform deployment, however, are even more significant.
In fact, according to a recent blog post from NEI (News - Alert), Intel's Xeon E5-2600 Sandy Bridge server processor is "ideally suited" to support more powerful virtualized solutions with greater efficiency. This is becoming increasingly important as demand for data-intensive virtual and cloud solutions continues to rise, leading to more virtual machines being installed on multi core server platforms like Sandy Bridge in an effort to minimize the hardware infrastructure needed.
More specifically, the advantages that Sandy Bridge brings to servers and virtual machines include an increased I/O count and core count, as well as improved memory performance. Furthermore, because each virtual machine typically requires its own processor core for greater optimization, as well as management simplicity, the Xeon E5-2600 allows each physical server to support more virtual machines, ultimately reducing costs.
While most modern carrier-grade platforms feature massive amounts of memory and processing power, carriers are still requiring developers to make better use of hardware by way of scaling and other techniques. Part of this drive for more flexible solutions is due to the widespread deployment of 4G wireless connectivity along with the transition to VoIP, HD-quality signals on devices, power efficiency demands and increased security concerns.
Fortunately, recent advancements made in high-throughput Ethernet silicon, cryptography accelerators and multi core processors, like Sandy Bridge, make it possible to consolidate what was traditionally several specialized server platforms into a single private cloud deployment. In this way, the data plane, control plane and networking all share the same hardware pool, making deployments more easily upgradable.
Considering these significant changes, Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture was the perfect move by Intel to embrace a new world of virtual machines and workload consolidation.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein