Intel releases server products for Xeon family

A new set of 12 server building blocks, including server boards, server chassis, RAID (Redundant Arrays of Independent Disks) controllers and server management software, was announced Monday by Intel Corp. Designed for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and system integrators, several of these new products are based on its new generation Xeon processors.

By providing a broad range of building-block products, Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, hopes to enable OEMs and system integrators to design servers and differentiated services for their customers, the company said. This is the first time Intel has provided server products to support Xeon, an Intel spokesman said.

The SE7500CW2, the SE7500WV2 and the SHG2 are the new dual-processor server boards based on Xeon.

The SE7500WV2, a rack-optimized server board, is integrated with Intel’s new Server Chassis SR1300 for 1U (1.75 inches) rack space and the 2U (3.5 inches) SR2300 for a variety of Internet applications, such as high performance clusters, firewall servers, streaming media and e-mail servers, according to an Intel statement.

The SE7500CW2 server board, which will be manufactured in high volume and so will be cost effective, provides enough memory and bandwidth for small and midsize businesses. This product is used with Intel’s new Server Chassis SC5200, the statement said.

The SHG2, which is also integrated with the Server Chassis SC5200, is for high-performance, expandable general-purpose servers for demanding uses, such as application databases.

Other new server products based on Xeon are the four-way Server Platform SRSH4 and the larger Server Platform SPSH4 that is used in a 7U (12.25 inches) rack space. Both are for large department data centers and midtier and back-end application servers.

For the entry-level market, Intel also unveiled the S845WD1-E server board, which supports a single Pentium 4 processor.

For advanced data protection, in addition to its RAID controllers, the SRCMR, which turns the onboard SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) channel into full featured RAID, was introduced as an optional upgrade.

New versions of Server Management software were also released. This software will allow users to remotely monitor and manage servers without installing a remote management card. The company also released the latest version of the Server Maintenance Reference Training Tool on CD-ROM, the statement said.

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