Facts about Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM, Lenovo servers – on Intel Xeon Scalable processors

Lisa Spelman at Intel Xeon Scalable launch
Intel Xeon Scalable processors
are powering the latest servers from technology companies Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM and Lenovo.

Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager of the Data Center Marketing Group at Intel, said the new Intel Xeon Scalable platform will target cloud and communications service providers, enterprises, HPC and AI engineers.

Customer response

AT&T is running production traffic and has seen a major performance improvement using 25 percent fewer servers per cluster.

Customers on the Google Compute Platform have seen up to 40 percent more performance, and more that 100 percent more performance when the application includes optimization for Intel AVX-512 instructions.

Technicolor reduced time to render virtual reality content by almost 3x,7 freeing up valuable time for their most creative employees.

Intel Xeon Scalable platform, with up to 28 of the highest-performance cores, can support up to 4.2x more virtual machines and up to 5x more transactions per second than 4-year-old systems.

It delivers up to 5x more IOPS at up to 70 percent lower latency. For communications, the Intel Xeon Scalable platform can power emerging 5G networks, offering up to 2.5x better performance for key networking applications.


The data center customers of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) M5 will benefit from 63 percent cut in administration and management costs and 83 percent increase in the delivery of new application services.

“Our unique, unified system architecture delivers the agility our customers need to create a cloud experience on-prem, so that our new line of servers simply means faster applications with fewer complications,” said Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group.

UCS M5 servers — built on the Intel Xeon Scalable processors – offer 2x memory capacity of previous systems.

Cisco lab testing reveals that UCS M5 servers deliver up to 86 percent higher performance over the previous generation of UCS.

“After deploying Cisco UCS M5 servers, we’ve witnessed a notable uptick in infrastructure speed and overall performance,” said Scott Miller, senior director at World Wide Technology.

“By reducing management and administrative concerns and costs, our customers will be able to speed up the delivery of applications while focusing more on addressing their immediate needs instead of performing constant infrastructure maintenance,” Scott Miller said.

UCS Director 6.5 allows data center professionals to complete 80 percent of operational tasks from a single console. This release extends automation capabilities beyond infrastructure by automating native PowerShell functions, virtual machine mobility across vCenter data centers and support for VMware VMRC console. It also includes automation improvements for FlexPod, Cisco HyperFlex, and added support for the UCS M5 series and UCS S-Series servers.


Lenovo announced 42 world record benchmarks for the ThinkSystem servers – built on the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors.
Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 serverLenovo’s latest server portfolio includes 14 configurable servers across rack and tower, mission critical, dense and blade platforms, as well as new hyperscale system designs.

Lenovo has added seven new solutions covering cloud, big data, analytics and database that are supported on the new ThinkSystem servers, as well as introducing two new Intel solutions.

Lenovo is the first to break the $100 / transaction per second per E benchmark (tpsE) price barrier on TPC-E, with $93.48 / tpsE2, 16 percent lower than the previous low of $111.65 / tpsE3.

Lenovo also achieved the highest TPC-E performance for any 2-socket system with 6,598.36 tpsE2. This benchmark shows how customers can lower their overall costs, while still achieving the performance to process their customer transactions.

Lenovo also achieved a TPC-H world record on the SR950.

ThinkSystem SR650 set world records in 15 of 17 mean response-time benchmarks when running the STAC-M3 Antuco benchmark suite, compared to previous publicly reported results for single-node 2 socket servers running the Kx Systems kdb+ database.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 has set a new single node 2-socket performance world record with the SPECmpiM_base2007 metric from the MPI M2007 suite of the SPEC MPI 2007 Benchmark.

Lenovo set world record world records in SPECvirt_sc20135 in 2 socket server, and SPECjbb20156 benchmarks on 1, 2, 4, and 8 socket servers.

“Today’s announcement reconfirms Lenovo’s commitment to disrupting the legacy status quo and providing unprecedented investment protection for customers,” said Kirk Skaugen, president of Lenovo Data Center Group.


IBM said the new IBM Cloud bare metal servers powered by Intel Xeon Silver 4110 processor and Intel Xeon Gold 5120 and 6140 processors will be designed to help deliver greater performance and generate faster insights from big data workloads.

IDC estimates that by 2020, organizations that are able to analyze all relevant data and deliver actionable information will achieve an extra $430 billion in productivity benefits over their peers.

The latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors can accelerate insights up to 2.3 times faster for financial services workloads, up to 1.5 times faster for manufacturing workloads and up to 1.7 times faster for life sciences workloads.

“IBM Cloud provides the foundation that enterprises need so that they can fully harness data for better decision-making and transformative growth,” said John Considine, general manager for cloud infrastructure services, IBM.

Dell EMC

The new 14th generation Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio forms a scalable, automated and secure compute platform for traditional and cloud-native applications, designed for new Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

“Our modern infrastructure solutions are a game changer in today’s digital economy. With our cyber-resilient architecture and performance innovations, we will enable our customers to unleash their business potential,” said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president, Server Solutions Division at Dell EMC.

Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers offer 27 percent more CPU cores and 50 percent more memory bandwidth.

Baburajan K
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