Intel IT has standardized on Intel® Xeon® processors with a core frequency of 2.6 gigahertz (GHz) for two-socket servers to offer maximum IT value for design computing and enterprise server virtualization. Our analysis demonstrates that higher-end processors significantly enhance server performance throughput for a minimal increase in total cost of ownership (TCO). Our analysis demonstrated to Intel IT management and purchasing groups that software acquisition and licensing costs—which represent 3x to 6x the cost of the hardware platform—are the largest drivers of overall TCO for servers deployed at Intel. We concluded that standardizing on high-end processors is a cost-effective way for Intel IT to maximize server return on investment (ROI). You can find more information around our analysis in this recently released white paper Maximizing IT Value by Using High-End Server Processors.