SeaMicro has just released a new range of microservers which run on Xeon processors.
SeaMicro CEO Andrew Feldman lifted the Kimono on the SM10000-XE with a Xeon under the bonnet rather than the usual Atom chips.
According to Techweek, it is still the same design which was first introduced by the company in 2010, and Feldman claims that it offers the same performance as 32 dual-socket servers, while consuming half the power and a third of the space.
If the Xeons are mixed with the current Atom-based servers, the SM1000-XE businesses will be able to run low-power, high-performing microservers throughout their environments.
The SM10000-XE is a 15-inch rack server with 64 low-power quad-core Xeon E3-1260L chips inside. This gives the system 1,024 cores.
SeaMicro wants the set-up to complement the previous Atom-based 10U systems. Those were designed for lightweight internet workloads. The Xeon flavour is targeted at cloud, web database and app-tier applications.
Compared with other Xeon-based systems, the SM10000-XE offers half the power, three times the density and 12 times the bandwidth, Seamicro says.
In the long term Feldman expects the Xeon-based systems to do a bit better than the Atom-powered flavours because they have a better presence in the server market.
Microservers are a cunning plan that Intel started talking up in 2009. They were seen as a way of meeting the demands of large, scale-out data centers used in internet and cloud environments.
Feldman said each 10U system can replace 500 single-socket servers from five years ago, with a 90 percent reduction in power. They are in the shops for $138,000 each.