X-bit labs: What do you see as the markets that will most benefit from XtremeServers based on AMD Opteron processors and how this appeal to IT technology needs today?
Many markets will benefit. Most particularly industries in that are using applications which are memory intensive, either for financial simulation, Electronic Design simulation, Oil and Gas Seismic simulation, database, web serving, or any engineering applications which require maximum memory performance to improve their system efficiency and application performance for computers running multiple applications at the same time or compute-intensive multi-threaded applications will see an immediate benefit. The XtremeServers will increase memory performance for the traditional high-performance computing (HPC) and commercial applications while adding reliability and flexibility for the end-users with the best performance/value. In addition with AMD Direct Connect Architecture drastically improving the memory and I/O latency makes 64 bit applications their way into the marketplace. It provides a much easier way to address larger chunks of memory faster yielding huge performance boosts. However, even 32 bit applications will run faster and better in the new architecture. In the end we see this technology as being completely pervasive.
X-bit labs: Could you list the key features of the 1U XtremeServers and the 3U XtremeServers?
The two-way 1U XtremeServer features up to two Single- or Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors and eight DIMM sockets per CPU – providing up to 64GB of memory per server. In addition, the APPRO 1U XtremeServer allows for up to 800GB SATA or 292GB SCSI hot-swappable drives, one PCI-X, and one PCI Express x16.
The Four-way 3U XtremeServer features up features up to four Single- or Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors and eight DIMM sockets per CPU – providing up to 128GB of memory per server, up to 2.4TB SATA or 876GB SCSI hot-swappable drives, up to three PCI-Express and three PCI-X slots, and redundant power supplies and fans.
Appro offers a choice of Windows or Linux Operating Systems for its products. In addition, XtremeServers provide ServerDome remote management capabilities. Appro offers ServerDome management solution as part of Appro’s comprehensive server solution – the differentiator is that we include this in the price of the server, we do not charge extra for it like some other tier 1 OEMs.
X-bit labs: A very essential question: how easy is to service these server solutions?
XtremeServers provide cable-free design and they come ready to run. Also they are very simple to install, service and maintain. In addition, Appro offers a variety of customer support packages to include an account technician assigned to your account, access to service call management, customized services requests, equipment pre-configured before it is shipped for on-site repair, 24 x 7 x 365 onsite service, depot repair services, tracking of IT fixed assets to include defective part retrieval and certified help desk technicians.
X-bit labs: What would be the best operating system to use with the new XtremeServers?
Opteron is certified with most operating systems. You are going to get a great experience from Microsoft or Linux among others. Ultimately 64 bit-based operating systems will give you better performance than a 32 bit OS.