According to Dylan Wei, president of systems and technology business group at IBM Taiwan, the company is looking to invest heavily in x86 server products over the course of next three years in a bid to grab its share from the high-density server market.
The high-density server market is heating up lately with HP launching its Moonshot series of micro-servers and Cisco launching its unified computing system. HP recently updated its Moonshot series with Avoton chips and it claims that its microserver range is about 90 percent more energy-efficient as compared to its traditional Proliant servers. Some of the main advantages of packing dozens of microservers into a single chassis are reduced energy usage, low cost and reduced space requirements.
IBM launched its NeXtScale System yesterday that can house up to 84 x86 systems and 2,016 cores in a standard 19-inch one unit (1U) rack. The NeXtScale n1200, one of the components of the rack, is capable of holding up to 12 NeXtScale nx360 M4 servers – each of which packs up to two processors, 256GB of RAM, two hard drives or four solid-state drives.
The NeXtScale System and x3650 M4 HD have been developed by the IBM Taiwan’s System and Technology Laboratory (TSTL). IBM has partnered with companies like Foxconn, Pegatron, Mitac International and Delta Network and according to DigiTimes all these companies are helping the TSTL with product R&D while also supplying motherboards and chassis designs.
IBM’s NextScale System is based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture based Xeon E5-2600 v2 chips, which were announced yesterday at the Intel Developer Forums (IDF 2013). These new chips will have up to 12 cores and draw power in the range of 70 watts and 130 watts.