Rackable, Inc embraces green servers

By Justin Mann on November 18, 2005, 11:11 AM
A company called Rackable, a server solutions provider, is now offering “green” (low-power, low-emi) systems featuring Opteron or Xeon dual-core CPUs. With their “C2002 High Efficiency Series”, they use straight DC power, passive heatsinks and are designed to be used in large numbers but still be easy on the environment. They are also pushing a new rackmount low end server, nothing fancy but useful, using two separate systems inside a single chassis. The catch, though, is that ScaleMP, 3rd-part vendor software, is employed to let both “computers”, along with other ones added over time, to run the same operating system with shared memory. Despite this company being a bit player, the offering is still pretty hot at $69,000. Virtualization is a great way to go, though, and Rackable is apparently doing pretty well.

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Rocket Smith said:
I spoke with a Rackable rep and my understanding is that the Rackable machine behaves just like a regular 8-way SMP but with a 3.6Ghz Intel chip in it. The fastest 8-way Intel I have ever seen is a 3.0 machine so their ScaleMP based architecture somehow lets them get the faster chips into a midrange machine faster than anyone else.Also, some of the benchmark applications that they claim to run like Ansys and Abacus are supposed to run even faster on the Rackable box than they do either on a RISC based 8-way or on an 8 CPU cluster (4x2-way) without the management hassle of a cluster. I am going to have to try it out for myself but if what they claim is true, it is an extremely nicely priced 8-way offering with a lot of computing power. I like the direction the market is heading if we start seeing the same kind of thing from other vendors, the high end market is gonna get much cheaper really soon.
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