After being delayed for the past several months, AMD today announced the launch and immediate availability of its AMD Opteron 6200 (formerly code-named "Interlagos") and 4200 ("Valencia) Series of server processors for the enterprise. The new chips purportedly offer better performance, scalability, and efficiency for enterprise customers.
Specifically, AMD says the new Opteron parts increase performance by up to 84 percent compared to Intel's Xeon X5670 processor. They also offer up to 73 percent more memory bandwidth, which should benefit enterprise customers who host a lot of virtual machines, and with half the power per core, two-thirds less floor space,and up to two-thirds lower platform price, AMD is pitching the new chips as economical for the cloud.
"Our industry is at a new juncture; virtualization has provided a new level of reliable consolidation and businesses are now looking to the cloud for even more agility and efficiency. We designed the new AMD Opteron processor for this precise moment," said Paul Struhsaker, corporate vice president and general manager, Commercial Business, AMD. "The wait for the most anticipated new product and architecture for servers is over. Leading OEMs are now offering cloud, enterprise and HPC customers a full suite of solutions based on the industry’s most comprehensive server processor portfolio, the new AMD Opteron family of processors which deliver an inspired balance of performance, scalability and efficiency."
AMD also announced the expansion of its 2012 roadmap to include its new Opteron 3000 Series platform for ultra-dense, ultra-low power 1P Web Hosting/Web Serving and Microserver markets. This will kick off with four- and eight-core "Zurich" processors based on Bulldozer.