Server specs: Intel to unveil Woodcrest

Intel rolls out its latest Xeon chip, dubbed Woodcrest.

Intel to unveil Woodcrest
Leading chipmaker Intel Corp. is expected to unveil its new 5100 series dual-core processor, dubbed "Woodcrest," which the company claims will offer better performance-per-watt than past processors on a different architecture.

The move is Intel's latest effort to stay ahead in the chipmaking lead over second-place player Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD). Intel is still the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world, but AMD has cut into its market share in the past two years, particularly in servers.

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Woodcrest is based on Intel's Core architecture, which it unveiled in March and boasts better performance-per-watt than the competition. The battle between Intel and AMD has no end in sight, as both are planning to release quad-core processors in the next year.

Meanwhile, IBM announced a line of x86 servers based on the new Intel chip. They include xSeries and blade servers, will be available in August and start around $2,000 each.

IBM, HP bang the supercomputing drum
IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. both made high-performance computing advancements this week. IBM expanded its Deep Computing Capacity on Demand facilities. The company said it is adding 15 teraflops of computing power, including support for Blue Gene architecture, AMD-based BladeCenter systems and Power-based systems. The company markets its on-demand computing service as a way for businesses to handle short-term, compute-intensive projects without having to spend millions to build out the data center.

HP, meanwhile, is scheduled to introduce high-performance blade server systems at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany today. The announcement piggybacks on HP's recent roll out of its new blade server architecture and NonStop servers earlier this month. The high-performance enclosure includes a midplane operating at five terabytes per second of throughput and supports Infiniband interconnect processing at 20 gigabytes per second in each direction.

CA to introduce new ITIL products
CA plans introduce a new configuration management database (CMDB), that it says will help companies follow Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices. The new CMDB, available in August, includes dozens of new templates that CA says will help customers define configuration items in their system. It also includes 200 pre-defined reports and queries to help companies comply with internal audits and external reporting regulations. Pricing is not yet available.

CA is also offering almost 20 training courses to help companies understand what ITIL is and how to incorporate it into the data center. ITIL is a set of best practices for service management in IT departments. "It allows organizations to run in a more efficient manner," said Jacob Lamm, CA senior vice president and general manager. "It's clearly hot today. Every organization we talk to is interested in it."

More CA news: Former exec pleads guilty to obstruction
A former business development executive at CA pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge for his involvement in a conspiracy to conceal shady deals that helped facilitate the $2.2 billion accounting scandal that rocked the software company in 2004.

At a recent hearing in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn N.Y., Thomas Bennett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice for his role in a scheme to pay millions of dollars to two clients in exchange that they hush up regarding business done for the sole purpose of booking false revenue, according to court documents.

Former CA CEO Sanjay Kumar has already pleaded guilty to securities fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice after lying to investigators about software license revenue he improperly booked to meet Wall Street analysts' quarterly earnings expectations.

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