Intel’s new Xeon D-2100 series SoCs bring more power to the edge of the network
Intel today announced its new Xeon D-2100 series system-on-chip processors. These succeed the first-generation Xeon D-1500 series launched in 2015, and they’re designed to bring enterprise-grade hardware and features outside of traditional server rooms and data centers.
Today’s connected cars and other smart solutions require more processing power to deal with bandwidth-hungry end users, so service providers need to be able to optimize their data center and edge infrastructures to handle ever increasing workloads.
The new Xeon SoCs will bring better performance to what’s commonly referred to as the “edge of the network”. These chips boast anywhere from four to 18 cores and come with I/O features like support for four 10Gbps Ethernet ports, all while consuming just 60W to 110W of power.
This is particularly important, as network operators and cloud service providers are constantly under pressure to boost performance and capacity without also increasing power consumption.
However, it’s not just these operators that could benefit, and Intel says its Xeon SoCs are well-suited for other scenarios where power and space are limiting factors, such as in storage for hyperscale computing, content delivery networks (CDNs), and enterprise security appliances.
In the case of CDNs, one of the most recognizable use cases would be streaming service providers like Netflix. Ultimately, the chips could enable higher performance content delivery at the network edge and facilitate lower latencies while streaming media to viewers.