Intel has unveiled a low-cost, low-power ‘micro-server’ CPU platform aimed at delivering energy-efficient computing – dubbed Centerton. Intel now aim to capture the SME category with micro-server designed to run as a system-on the chip.
I have met many people who still don’t understand what the Cloud is all about but many companies are now all out to take all to the Cloud. For SMEs, this makes sense in many ways, reducing the cost of operation being the chief among them. For the companies interested in the dedicated hosting, content delivery or front-end Web servers , this is a big opportunity. High density servers based on low-power processors are able to deliver the desired performance while at the same time significantly reduce the energy consumption – one of the biggest cost drivers in the data center. However, before deploying new equipment in data centers, companies look for several critical features.
Danie Steyn – Intel’s General Manager for East Africa says that companies and individuals will be able to have cost effective customized solutions for their operations, save on electricity and a host of other advantages.
“We are raising our game in the micro-server space; they will be one of major sources of server market growth in the next few years. With Centerton we hope to elevate micro-servers to a whole new level though the use of Intel chips, says Mr. Steyn.
Micro-servers are an emerging type of shared infrastructure server designed for unique data center workloads where many low-power, dense servers may be more efficient than fewer, higher-end servers. Servers have diverse workloads, from web hosting (serving web pages) to mission-critical computing (running stock markets). Today, the power capacity of Intel’s server chips range from 15 to 45 watts.