New AMD micro servers support Intel’s Xeon processors

While Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) has been and remains a fierce rival, that hasn’t stopped AMD Inc. (NYSE: AMD) from offering support for Intel’s Xeon “Ivy Bridge” processors with its new micro server chassis.

AMD says its SeaMicro SM15000 server extends fabric-based computing across racks and aisles of the data center to connect to massive disk arrays supporting over 5PB of storage capacity. It’s also announcing a new generation of compute cards for its micro servers based on AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon “Ivy Bridge” processors.

“The rise of virtualization, cloud computing, and big data require a new generation of compute in which networking and storage are equal partners in the solution. This does not fit the mold of traditional servers,” said Andrew Feldman, general manager and corporate vice-president of AMD’s data centre server solutions group, in a statement. “The SM15000 system removes the constraints of traditional servers and allows data centres to expand compute, networking and storage independently. By supporting the newest generation of processors, the SM15000 server will continue our tradition of being the highest-density, and most power efficient micro server in the market.”

With the new AMD Opteron processor, the SeaMicro SM15000 provides 512 cores in a ten rack unit system with more than 4TB of DRAM and supports up 5PB of Freedom Fabric Storage. Since AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 server is ten rack units tall, a one-rack, four-system cluster provides 2,024 cores, 16 terabytes of DRAM, and is capable of supporting 20 petabytes of storage

AMD says SeaMicro SM15000 is the first micro server to support the latest generation of Intel Xeon processors based on the “Ivy Bridge” microarchitecture. The Intel Xeon Processor E3-1265Lv2 is a 2.5/3.1 GHz quad core processor that supports 32 gigabytes of DRAM. A SeaMicro SM15000 server configured with 64 Intel Xeon Processor E3-1265Lv2 CPUs provides 256 cores and two terabytes of DRAM.

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