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Cloudera Partners With Intel For Analytics, Leverages Xeon E7 CPU

By - Source: Intel

Intel announced the new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families, which bring increased performance and features aimed at real-time analytics and faster processing of big data workloads. Intel was accompanied in this announcement by partner Cloudera, the current market leader in Hadoop-powered enterprise data management.

Touting Intel's slogan "Data is the new bacon", Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel said, "The Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family is the engine for accelerating business intelligence through real-time analytics, enabling businesses to improve customer satisfaction through more personalized products and services, generate new revenue streams and enhance operational efficiency."

The new Xeon E7 v3 processor family promises up to 40 percent more performance than previous generation processors. An Intel Xeon configuration using 8 sockets with 18 cores per CPU delivers a total of 144 cores supporting up to 12 terabytes of RAM, making it an ideal hardware platform for running in-memory databases such as Cloudera's Apache Spark distribution. Expansion to configurations containing up to 32 sockets can be achieved with third-party node controllers.

The new Intel processors feature the company’s new Transactional Synchronization Extension (TSX) technology, which can accelerate transactional-intensive workloads by almost 6 times by dynamically enabling otherwise hidden parallelism.

Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly outlined Cloudera's use of Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES NI) available in the new processors. Instead of using software to implement security operations, Cloudera's Enterprise Data Platform uses hardware to perform data encryption and the creation of hash values. By offloading security processing to hardware, Cloudera customers can now have the bandwidth to secure all data transmissions instead of only those pertaining to their most sensitive data. The Cloudera Enterprise Data Platform has been certified by MasterCard to be fully compliant with the new Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards.

In a post announcement Q&A session, an Intel spokesperson hinted at plans for future FPGA-based products in development at the company, and Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly spoke to the use of the Cloudera Enterprise Data Platform in the financial market. Financial institutions are utilizing the platform to further compliance initiatives necessitated by increasing regulatory oversight. By leveraging the power of faster analysis, financial institutions can quickly identify non-compliant financial transactions.