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Rackable Doubles up Server Density

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Rackable Systems, the high-density system designer for datacenters and Internet service providers, announced five new servers, ranging from 2U units all the way up to a 9U unit that goes in its shipping container-sized mobile datacenter.

The new designs deliver up to twice the density of existing Rackable Systems (NASDAQ: RACK) servers in the same physical footprint, while also reducing power consumption. Emphasis was placed on increasing local storage and compute density, rather than depending on attached storage or moving data around to process it.

Despite the increased density, Rackable specifically stressed power efficiencies as a major plus. “Our number one power claim is ecological,” Geoff Noer, senior director of product marketing for Rackable told “It’s leveraging everything we’ve learned and leveraging power efficiencies and a number of components across servers.”

The new racks combine multiple server boards per enclosure, thus increasing capacity, and use low-power Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) processors to help keep the power draw down. One of the blades, the XE2208, is optimized for the ICE Cube, Rackable’s datacenter in a shipping container similar to Sun’s BlackBox.

The five blades all uses dual- and quad-core Intel Xeon 5100, 5200, 5300 and 5400 series processors. In addition, the XE2006-F1 server supports dual- and quad-core AMD Opteron 2200 and 2300 processors.

The smallest unit, the XE2004-SC1, is a 2U design with room for four processors and four hot-swappable 3.5-inch drives, allowing for up to 4TB of storage. The high-end of the 2U units is the XE2208-SC1, optimized specifically for ICE Cube modular data centers, with four sockets and eight drive slots.

In addition, there is the Scale Out Blade ST2000, a 9U rack and the highest-density rack the company has ever offered. It supports three power modules and 12 dual socket modules, for 21 cores per U and 11TB of storage per U.

This will allow Rackable to double its capacity in all units. The ICE Cube, for example, will go from 1,400 servers to 2,800 servers in the same size unit.

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