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Intel Xeon processor E5-2690: Enterprise workload performance while running storage efficiency tasks

Better Enterprise Storage Performance: Report

High-end storage appliances require powerful processors that not only deliver optimal workload performance, but also have enough power to fully take advantage of technologies that maximize storage capacity. Technologies, such as inline data deduplication, inline data compression, and thin provisioning, all make more efficient use of storage, to the ultimate benefit of your organization.

With the advent of storage appliances that run enterprise workloads directly, the processor that drives your storage is more important than ever. What processor best handles storage efficiency tasks while simultaneously delivering excellent workload performance for end-users?

In our tests at Principled Technologies’* labs, we created two VMware vSphere* 5-based storage appliances – one powered by the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2690, the other configured with an older Intel® Xeon® processor X5680 – and compared their enterprise workload performance while performing tasks that maximize storage efficiency. We found that the Intel Xeon processor E5-2690-based storage appliance deduplicated and compressed data, saving 50.2 percent in storage space while providing a 20.6 percent better response time for Exchange users and using 10.2 percent better processor efficiency (user/processor utilization), leaving room to complete more tasks as demands grow.

With the technology of today, there is no need to waste valuable storage space. Storage appliances use features such as inline deduplication, inline data compression, and thin provisioning (see sidebar) to maximize storage space.

Storage appliances with powerful processors can perform these space-saving operations while still delivering excellent performance for end users. The Intel Xeon processor E5-2690 utilizes the latest I/O technologies including high-bandwidth memory interfaces, high-performance PCI* interfaces, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) interconnects to maximize enterprise storage performance.

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