The silent majority

Below is a blog repost from John Fruehe, AMD Director of Product Marketing for server/workstations, about how the efficiency of the Dell PowerEdge C6105 combined with AMD’s Opteron™ 4100 Series processor and Dell’s Data Center Solutions team truly defines that ubiquitous term "cloud" and extends it beyond the silent majority:

The cloud market is a funny one to tackle.  These days everything seems to be targeted at the “cloud” market, the same way that everything in 1998 was about “e-<fill in the blank>.” Back then we realized that it was all really about being online and collaborating, knocking down walls and driving efficiency.

Today, cloud computing gets that rap; everyone is into it, but nobody can really put the perfect definition on what cloud is.  One organization that can define this better than almost anyone is Dell’s DCS (Data Center Solutions). DCS works with a select set of customers at Dell, what we refer to as “Mega Data Centers.”  Think of the folks that buy servers by the thousands, or buy them in pre-installed shipping containers, ready to deploy.  They are a very quiet group of customers, typically falling into the “if I tell you I have to kill you” category. The “silent majority” of server buyers.  Not really the majority, but you get the picture.

Up until now, the systems that were custom configured for these customers were mostly proprietary systems, focused on massive scale out environments.  But now, as the cloud morphs into public and private clouds, suddenly there is a demand for this type of system in smaller quantities – from a lot more customers.

Dell saw this as the opportunity to bring the Dell PowerEdge C6105 to market. These systems are ideal for scale-out Web 2.0, hosting, and HPC applications where core count and power efficiency are more important than raw compute power. These customers are power, space, weight and budget constrained data center environments such as co-los and large public organizations such as universities, and government agencies.

The new PowerEdge C6105 features the AMD Opteron™ 4100 Series processor, a processor that offers the lowest power per core of any server processor on the market today. And with starting prices far below traditional two socket capable processors, those with a tight budget can take advantage of true server computing power without breaking the bank.

The PowerEdge C6105 takes advantage of a slim motherboard, allowing for twice the density of a regular 1U server, giving it a better density footprint than blades.  In a virtualized environment it makes a great virtualization appliance.  With the ability to have 4 independent servers in a 2U chassis, there is a ton of flexibility for load balancing of VMs across platforms for maximum efficiency.  Plenty of storage up front gives you lots of room for storing data that will feed these 4 systems.

With a density of up to 48 cores in 2U, this system may feel like the PowerEdge R815, but where that system is a single server with availability features, this platform is actually 4 servers in a single chassis with a focus on scaling out, not up.

We’re happy to see Dell adding the C6105 platform to their portfolio of AMD Opteron™ processor-based platforms and happy to see the AMD Opteron™ 4100 Series processors driving this innovative new server.

John Fruehe is the Director of Product Marketing for Server/Workstation products at AMDHis postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

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