Quanta QCT to Ship Intel Atom "Centerton" Servers By End of Year

Quanta to Start Selling Second Microserver Later This Year

by Anton Shilov
09/06/2012 | 09:41 PM

Quanta QCT, a leading manufacturer of server, storage and network equipment for datacenter customers in the United States, will ship by year end a microserver that will be among the most power and space efficient designs available for dedicated web hosting, cloud computing and hyperscale computing in the datacenter.


“Rising power costs, cooling loads and space restrictions lead our datacenter customers to demand the most efficient hardware available. They ask us for the greatest efficiency possible in a vanity-free hardware configuration that maintains 100% compatibility with the x86 software ecosystem. Our integrated engineering, design and manufacturing capability allows us to be among the first manufacturers to provide this solution, leveraging our longstanding partnership with Intel,” said Mike Yang, general manager and vice president of Quanta QCT.

The Stratos S900-X31A is a 24 or 48 node server in a 3U chassis. Based on the forthcoming Intel Atom "Centerton" server-class processor and consuming less than 10W per server node, the Stratos S900-X31A offers improved performance per watt, dollar and square foot compared to traditional 1U 1-socket server. The Stratos S900-X31A is the second server in Quanta QCT’s microserver lineup. In June, Quanta QCT announced the Stratos S910-X31B, which offers 9 or 12 server nodes in a 3U chassis and is based on the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200/E3-1200 v2.

Key features of the Stratos S900-X31A include configurations for 12 or 24 cable-free sleds that are hot-pluggable and independently operable. There are two server nodes per sled, and each 3U chassis houses 24 or 48 nodes. Each node supports up to 16 GB of memory, two 2.5” SATA HDDs and two GbE RJ45 ports. Leveraging capabilities of Atom "Centerton", the servers offer 64-bit support and ECC memory, and as noted earlier, consume less than 10W per node.

All server nodes share one console port and two 10 GbE SFP+ ports. The design allows users to attach one network cable to a dedicated management port and manage all nodes in the microserver. This simplifies cabling and remote management while reducing costs by eliminating unnecessary top-of-rack switches and network cabling.

“Intel is committed to the micro server segment and has been investing in roadmap innovations spanning low power Xeon to 6W Atom processors. I am very pleased that Quanta’s chosen to provide a comprehensive micro server processor portfolio, including both Atom and Xeon, designed to deliver a range of performance levels for workload flexibility, extreme density and power efficiency benefits. With full server class features such as 64-bit, ECC memory and the widest (x86) software ecosystem support, customers can deploy Intel based micro servers into their hosting or static web environment seamlessly and realize greater return on investment,” said Jason Waxman, general manager of cloud infrastructure group of Intel.

Quanta QCT  will present two demonstration units of the new micro-server next week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, in booth 130.