California-based server companies QSOL and Colfax International have started to offer a 4-way AMD Opteron-based system on their web-sites. This is the first ever server 4-way system powered by AMD processors and obviously a very important milestone for the Sunnyvale, California-based CPU maker.
The systems come in a 4U rack-mount chassis and are based on AMD 8131 + AMD 8111 core-logic. The companies may equip the system with up to 4 AMD Opteron 844 (1.80GHz) processors, 32GB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM memory (future capability to install 64GB of RAM using 4GB modules is also possible), up to 3 Hot Swap 500W Power Supplies (2+1), up to 4 147GB SCSI HDDs with Hot Swap support, five 64-bit PCI-X slots, integrated Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet ports and also System Management controllers.
There is no information about pricing and real availability of a 4P AMD Opteron server, but no one would start to offer a server it could not actually supply, hence, 4-way machines powered by AMD processors are apparently either here or just around the corner.