The server market continues to be one of the strongest segments of the PC Industry. The ability to customize servers to fit a variety of applications is a key strength and value add that channel resellers have over large branded manufacturers. Understanding that new advances in processor speed and capabilities need to be supported by equal advances in storage and networking in order to deliver the maximum performance of the processor, as well as to unleash the full potential of the server, is critical. This however can be complicated to explain to users, and even difficult for the reseller especially when working through various platform transitions.

With that in mind, Intel has created several tools to help customers evaluate and demonstrate the performance benefits of optimizing their servers. The tools, which are available at, include a transition guide for determining which Intel Scalable processor replaces previous generation of Xeon processor, and a TCO guide that reviews the total cost of ownership benefits from upgrading to the Intel Scalable Xeon. Perhaps the most beneficial resource created by Intel is the Scale It Up tool, which compares the overall server performance improvements resulting from utilizing the Intel Scalable Xeon processor, Intel NVMe SSDs, and Intel 10Gb/25Gb/40Gb Ethernet networking adapters. Customers can review how each helps improve CPU utilization to take full advantage of the power of the processor which ultimately benefits server performance. In fact, upgrading your storage to Intel NVMe SSD, and you network adapter to an Intel 25GB Ethernet can increase CPU Utilization to 92%. In addition, when using this combination with an Intel Xeon Platinum 8160 processor, you can increase your server from 12 virtual machines to 46 virtual machines representing a 74% gain in VMs.

Leveraging the Scale It Up tool will show your customers how they can get the most from their server investment by balancing Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel SSDs, and Intel Ethernet network adapters.