I think everybody wants a powerful computer, who can do a lot of things and it can be reliable too. Well, Fujitsu Siemens had come up with the solution for you. The eight-way server.
Yes, you read it right. Fujitsu Siemens announced that they will release the next quarter, in April or May probably, the next solution that allows them to link four dual-processor blade server into a eight Opteron processors. Why so late? Because AMD will release their new Rev F processors in the early April, so Fujitsu must wait for AMD to release their new processors.
But Fujitsu it’s not alone on the market. IBM sells a 32 processors machine, Sun Microsystems plans to release a eight processors too, while HP dropped the eight processors plans to only 4 processors machines.
“We’re not expecting everybody to want eight-way servers–it is still a large machine–but in terms of the flexibility of the chassis, it will get us on more short lists and win us more deals,” Richard McCormack, senior vice president of marketing for Fujitsu’s Sunnyvale said.
The Fujitsu product extends a technology direction that Fujitsu began in October when it offered the option to link two Primergy BX630 Opteron blades into a four-processor Opteron server. The systems are linked with a small ribbon cable.
Fujitsu’s blade server is 12.25 inches tall and accommodates up to 10 AMD Opteron or Intel Xeon blades, though only Opteron blades can be linked together.
Of course that such monsters costs a lot of money. For example, a machine with eight processors cost from $35.000, going down to $10.000 for four processors machine. A linking kit, which is used to link 2 processors cost $2600. For two processors to be linked is used one kit, for four processors takes three kits. So you can make the computations.
In the end, these servers can use Windows, Red Hat Linux or Novell. Using Vmware, it can be possible to run all this SO simultaneously, this thing allowing the company to replace several other computers with a single server.