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SoftLayer Empowers Customers with Next Generation Intel Xeon Processors

Offers latest technology to customers building advanced online applications on a global cloud infrastructure

SoftLayer Technologies on Tuesday announced it will offer servers featuring the Xeon E5 2600 series processor. The E5-2600 series is based on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture and delivers more cores, memory support and I/O bandwidth making it ideal for powering cloud applications, virtualized computing and content streaming.

Sam Fleitman, Chief Operations Officer for SoftLayer, stated, "We are ensuring that the newest Sandy Bridge processors are publicly available on day one for our power-hungry customers, who are looking to create tomorrow's leading Web applications and advanced online services."

Key features and benefits of the new Xeon E5 2600-based servers include:

  • Up to 80 percent performance boost over previous generation of Intel Xeon 5600 series processors
  • New Intel Integrated I/O with PCI Express 3.0 can up to triple the movement of data in to and out of the processor so information can be made available faster than ever to support data-hungry applications
  • Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) - a new, 256-bit instruction set extension to Intel SSE that accelerates floating point intensive applications and reduces compute times
  • Hyper-threading technology that enables up to 16 computational threads

"Once again SoftLayer demonstrates its ability to deliver leading technology to customers time-to-market by offering platforms with the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family," said Jason Waxman, GM of Intel's Cloud Infrastructure Group, "Our latest Intel Xeon processor-based platforms deliver leading energy efficient performance, greater bandwidth and I/O, power management and built in security features that are ideal to meet cloud computing requirements."

The Sandy Bridge microarchitecture is a significant advance in processor integration and manufacturing. It unifies processor cores, memory controller, last-level cache (LLC), and graphics and media processing for new advantages including fast core access to shared data in last-level cache, higher memory bandwidth, and intelligent "performance to workload" matching.


List prices start at $400 for a single processor Intel Xeon E5 2600 server with 8 GB RAM and $500 for a dual processor server with 16 GB RAM per-month.

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