On March 6, 2012 Intel announced a new Xeon server technology code named Sandy Bridge EP.
These processor chips are available with 2, 4, 6, or 8 cores per socket and are currently available in 2 socket offerings under processor model numbers within the range of E5-2600 to E5-2699. Each processor core of these Intel Sandy Bridge EP processor models require 70 Processor Value Units (PVUs).
Customers using IBM software on these systems should see significant improvement in their software price/performance over the systems this Sandy Bridge EP processor technology is likely to replace.
With this announcement IBM continues the practice of licensing to the processor core. This practice provides the licensing granularity customers require, especially when using virtualization technologies, while offering the flexibility to configure their systems to best support their business objectives.
For a complete listing of processor technologies and their assigned PVUs, visit Processor Value Unit Licensing for Distributed Software.