AMD Rolls Out New Opteron Server Chips

Chipmaker AMD is pushing ahead with its latest Opteron server processors. The chipmaker just rolled out its 12-core and 16-core AMD Opteron 6300 Series, code named "Warsaw."

The new series of processors is designed to meet the demands of enterprise workloads. The 6300s feature what AMD calls the "Piledriver" core and are fully socket and software compatible with the existing AMD Opteron 6300 Series.

"With the continued move to virtualized environments for more efficient server utilization, more and more workloads are limited by memory capacity and I/O bandwidth," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit at AMD. "The Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are server CPUs optimized to deliver improved performance per-watt for virtualized private cloud deployments with less power and at lower cost points."

Core Value Propositions

AMD said the new Opteron 6338P (12 core) and 6370P (16 core) processors are in response to customer requests and are optimized to handle the heavily virtualized workloads found in enterprise environments, including the more complex compute needs of data analysis, xSQL and traditional databases, at optimal performance per-watt, per-dollar.

We caught up with Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get his take on the new Opterons. He told us AMD is focusing on three of its core value propositions: driving extremely aggressive pricing, focusing on highly energy-efficient CPUs and designing solutions primarily for highly virtualized applications and business applications and workloads.

EUIn x86, virtualization is the keyword for most business computing these days and these new Opterons seem to be designed to support these kinds of environments by delivering higher memory capacity and better I/O bandwidth,EU King said. EUAMD is doing it at a price that is kind to the pocket book on the Capex side but also delivers energy savings that will be welcomed by many customers...

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