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Intel’s Data-Centric Innovation Day: a new data/storage tier, a fresh security update, and more

As Intel unveils two important new products for the modern data center – the 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory – Presidio looks at a few of the features that will have the greatest impact on our customers as they plan their move to IT transformation.

by Raphael Meyerowitz, Vice President, Office of the CTO, Presidio, Tuesday, 2 Apr 2019

Presidio attends today’s important Intel launch event

Presidio is privileged to be among Intel’s technology partners attending today’s Data-Centric Innovation Day in San Francisco. Here, to great fanfare, Intel unveiled a wide portfolio of new data center products. Presidio believes two will have a particularly far-reaching impact on the modern IT infrastructure:

  • 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, redesigned with advanced features to catalyze data center transformation. These processors enable customers to move, store, and process ever-greater volumes of data confidently across highly demanding workloads, from multi-cloud to the intelligent edge.
  • Complementing the new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors is a new class of memory, Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory. It redefines the traditional system hierarchy, introducing a flexible new tier between memory and storage.

Presidio received early evaluation units of both products, giving us months of hands-on experience in a range of testing environments, enabling us to hit the ground running starting April 2.  What follows is our look at how the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors answer some of our customers’ more pressing concerns.

Thwarting side channel threats while preserving performance.

Early last year, security professionals identified certain potential software analysis methods that could be used maliciously to harvest sensitive information from a wide assortment of computing devices. Software- and firmware-based efforts to mitigate the potential threat were effective but came at a performance cost and required regular patches.

The 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor introduces a hardware-based solution that virtually eliminates the performance penalty while effectively mitigating the side channel analysis threat. In addition to mitigating the side channel issue, the new processor also includes a suite of new or improved security tools – Intel® Threat Detection Technology, and Intel® Security Libraries for Data Center – to help hold the line against the world’s other malevolent players. 

These security technologies help protect and control access to sensitive data, enabling greater workload integrity while thwarting malicious exploits. And, new encryption improvements safeguard data at rest, in use and in flight. The need for these up-to-date security features underscores yet another reason to get started on your IT modernization plan, if you haven’t already. Protect yourself – Presidio can help.

Reducing latency while adding capacity and persistence with Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory

Customers are struggling to keep up with the explosive growth of data, but older storage and memory technologies force a tradeoff between performance and capacity when they try to put new demands on memory-constrained storage. Intel Optane DC persistent memory resolves the trade-off: this new approach stores significantly larger data sets closer to the processor. As a result, users enjoy reduced latency for large data-intensive workloads.

As the name implies, Intel Optane DC persistent memory is inherently persistent, retaining data even during power cycles without requiring an external power backup. The unique combination of persistence and affordability, delivered on 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, transforms system performance for large, memory-bound data workloads with powerful hardware enhanced encryption to better protect data.

Increasing speed and ease of integration.

The 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor is plug-and-play compatible with previous processor generations, so they can be quickly integrated into existing data center environments as part of an overall refresh. Compatibility makes transitions easier, especially for our OEM partners – notably Cisco, HPE and Dell EMC – as they validate solutions based on the new processor.  This compatibility is particularly important for businesses that are planning IT modernization since, as we’ve urged loudly and repeatedly, acting soon is a must, not a maybe. 

One thing’s for sure: the arrival of 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors opens up a powerful opportunity for businesses to finally begin the IT transformation they’ve been putting off – especially given the fact that the new processor’s release coincides with the imminent end of support for Windows Server 2008 R2 next January, and SQL server in early July. There’s simply never been a more logical time to upgrade to more competitive capabilities.

When the first Intel Xeon Scalable processor was released, Presidio was among Intel’s earliest technology partners to transition customers to that platform. Now, with the introduction of 2nd-gen processor scalability, we’re helping you get up to speed on the new technology: on April 4, Presidio and Intel will host a live webinar showcasing the new processor’s features and customer advantages. Register now to join your webinar host Raphael Meyerowitz from Presidio, and special guests.

If you’re interested in making a fast and smooth transition to a processor platform that offers enhanced storage and memory performance with newly hardened security built into the silicon, join us for Thursday’s webinar – or contact us anytime to learn the most appropriate technology solutions for your digital infrastructure.


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