Data Center News: SeaMicro, APC, eBay Taps GE

by | Jul 19, 2011

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SeaMicro has announced the launch of what it says is the world’s most energy efficient 64-bit x86 server: the SM10000-64HD.

This new product (pictured) improves on SeaMicro’s own compute density record by 150 percent and increases its own industry-leading compute per-watt metric by 20 percent, according to the Silicon Valley-based company.

The new SM10000-64HD replaces 60 traditional servers, four top of rack switches, four terminal servers and a load balancer while using a quarter of the power and taking-up one-sixth of the space, without requiring any changes to software, according to SeaMicro.

“SeaMicro has delivered three server systems in nine months, each setting the record for energy efficient compute and compute density. Over that time, the company has increased density by 150 percent and increased its lead in the all important compute per-watt metric,” said Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president and distinguished research fellow, Yankee Group. “This rapid rate of innovation is a testament to the flexibility and extendability of its system.”

In other green IT news, APC by Schneider Electric has announced the newest product in its Next Generation Switched Rack PDU with Metering-by-Outlet Technology range.

These units have the ability to provide device level power monitoring and energy use logging, enabling IT managers to pinpoint their power usage for each component connected, says APC. Visibility of the power draw from each active outlet enables customers to adjust the load attached to the rack PDU to maximize energy efficiency.

The new product offers IT managers the ability to meter the power distributed to equipment by individual outlet, efficiently adjust the attached load as needed, remotely manage individual outlets, and plan for future usage levels, APC says.

Finally, GE has announced that internet auction site eBay is now using the Quad PAC Redundancy Control Systems in its data centers to provide continuous power and a reduction in energy costs.

The GE product features “Smart Redundancy,” an algorithm that continually calculates the relative system availability in real time and delivers predictive analysis on key process input variables. If the master controller, or any of the system components fail, the system identifies the best backup controller to take over and provides the system with the most capability to withstand the next sequence of multiple or cascaded system failures, says GE.

“Our data centers make up more than 50 percent of our global power usage,” says Dean Nelson, eBay senior director of global foundational services. “I pay that power bill, so economic and ecological efficiency was a must.”

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