Next-generation server products expected from Intel Corp. in March will accelerate the growth of 10 Gbit Ethernet and narrow opportunities at the high end for rival Advanced Micro Devices. Those are just two of many shifts rumbling through the data center, according to analysts at an event here.
“We see rather massive changes in data centers—it’s an amazingly dynamic market—and all these transitions create opportunities to grab market share,” said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst for market watcher The Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.) and an annual data center conference here.
In March, Intel is expected to roll out high-end server versions of its 32 nm Sandy Bridge processors. The announcement is expected to include chips supporting four-socket servers, a high-end market Intel has not participated in recently.
“Intel’s 4P will fill a hole it had left open in the past for AMD,” said Jag Bolaria, another senior analyst at Linley Group.
The new Intel processors could outperform Interlagos, AMD’s current 32 nm high-end server chip that uses a new Bulldozer core. AMD is expected to respond with Abu Dhabi, a 32 nm server CPU using an upgraded version of the Bulldozer core called Piledriver.
Intel will roll out a so-called Romley server motherboard using its new CPUs along with its latest 10 Gbit Ethernet chip. At an earlier event, Intel showed the board using its 40nm Twinville controller supporting the emerging 10GBase-T standard for 10G Ethernet over copper using a physical layer block from startup Aquantia.