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Super Micro Unveils High Density Blade Server

The new server doubles the number of dual-socket blades available in a single SuperBlade system.

Super Micro Unveils High Density Blade Server
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Super Micro Unveils High Density Blade Server

Super Micro Computer introduced a SuperBlade blade server with double the number of dual-socket server blades than in the company's other models in the product line.

The TwinBlade design, launched Monday, makes it possible to fit 20 dual-processor compute nodes per 7U enclosure, up from the usual 10. The new server, based on the SBI-7226T-T2 blade, is available with Mellanox Technologies 40 Gb per second QDR InfiniBand.

Super Micro's SuperBlade product line features both dual- and quad-core processor blades. The new TwinBlade design features a density of 0.35U per blade and 94% power supply efficiency, according to the vendor. The system also takes up 70% less space than SuperBlade systems without the double-density design.

Super Micro unveiled its latest blade server at the SC09 supercomputer conference in Portland, Ore. The company did not disclose pricing.

At the Interop Conference and Expo in May, Super Micro joined Mellanox and Arista Networks in demonstrating hardware combinations that reduce the total cost of 10Gb Ethernet applications. Super Micro supplied its Xeon 5500-based 2U Twin2 SuperServers, Arista provided its 7200T switches and Mellanox its 10GbE technology.

By combining products, the vendors were able to reduce cabling, power consumption, and space usage, while building powerful computational systems with 10-Gb performance stats.

Super Micro also makes server and storage systems for small businesses and home offices. The company last December unveiled the SuperServer 5035L-1B mini-tower. The system comes with a 300-watt power supply that achieves 85% power efficiency, and includes an easy-to-remove side panel and a 90-degree pivoting hard disk drive cage.

Unified computing platforms promise to consolidate everything and anything into a single chassis. Find out about that and more in Network Computing's second all-digital issue. Download the issue here (registration required).

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