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Supermicro range

3 March 2010

Boston

Boston has unveiled its latest GP ioServer range of servers that have been designed to take advantage of the latest developments in persistent and intelligent memory technologies. Designed in partnership with Supermicro and Fusion-IO, Boston GP ioServers solve the fundamental problem of slow application performance by bridging the latency gap between high performance CPUs, GPU’s and physical disk drives. With up to 1.4GB/s sustained throughput made available from a single appliance the sustained IOPS performance provided by a single GP ioServer can exceed the sustained IOPS performance of more than 600 enterprise class disk drives.

Boston has also introduced Supermicro's latest Twin Blade platform, which can run Microsoft's latest Hyper-V Server 2008 R2; the solution includes 20 physical blade servers housed into a single power optimised 7U server enclosure which operates at up to an industry leading 94 per cent power efficiency. With virtualisation technologies added to the mix the sheer range of power and space consolidation capabilities provided by this platform is second to none. No compromises have been made in terms of functionality and specification with full support provided for the latest Six and Quad Core processors from AMD and Intel, a wide variety of flexible storage options and comprehensive support for the latest in high speed 10GbE and QDR InfiniBand networking technologies.

Boston's new generation of GP (Green power) server platforms was also launched, including the Igloo 2100T server solution that combines the latest low power Intel Dual Core processors alongside with high performance low power SSD drives into an ultra short depth 1U chassis. This power optimised solution can be mounted back to back within suitable rack enclosures and most importantly of all consumes 30W of power under full load.

Boston also unveiled its latest range of liquid cooled server and storage solutions. With the exclusive use of liquid cooling, data centres and large scale server installations could reduce their cooling costs by up to a 93 per cent when compared to air cooling.

On demonstration was 'modular immersion technology' from Iceotope, which uses the thermal superiority of liquids to reduce the operating costs of data centres and large scale computing facilities. Each server motherboard is immersed in an individually sealed bath of inert liquid coolant, which passively transfers heat away from the sensitive electronics to a tightly integrated heat exchanger formed by the wall of the bath where water is continuously recirculated and cooled.

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