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Silicon Mechanics Newsletter - February 2, 2010

Virtualization at Silicon Mechanics

We recently updated and expanded the information available about Virtualization at Silicon Mechanics. You can read about what it is, what the various advantages may be, considerations for managing a virtualized infrastructure, and you can see the Silicon Mechanics VMWare certified products that are most popularly deployed in various virtualized environments.

At the same time, you want to be aware that not every virtualization solution will fit every virtualization objective. We're here to help make sure that the hardware you buy is well matched to your goals. A few initial recommendations include the following:
  • Unless you have prior experience building a virtualized environment, we strongly recommend that you contact us.
  • Server configuration options for virtualized environments vary widely.
  • Selecting compatible components (disk drives and storage controllers, for example) is one consideration.
  • Matching the hardware's performance characteristics to your virtualization purposes is another.
The Experts at Silicon Mechanics look forward to collaborating with you to ensure that your virtualization solution is configured to meet your needs and expectations. Call us at 866-352-1173, or email

Newest Technologies Coming Soon!

We are looking forward to March, when there will be a host of exciting new technologies coming into the server space. A quick overview of some of the exciting upgrades we'll be seeing from Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA . . .

Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series CPUs (codenamed "Westmere-EP")
The new Intel Xeon Processor 5600 offers true 6-core CPUs, up to 12 threads, and up to 12MB L3 cache. Quad-core processors with up to 8 threads and 12MB of cache are also available in the 5600 series.

Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 Series CPUs (codenamed "Nehalem-EX")
With up to 8 cores, 16 threads, 24MB of shared cache, and RAS engineered in at every level, the new Intel Xeon Processor 7500 Series is designed for the most demanding applications and large-scale consolidations.

AMD Opteron™ 6100 Series Processor (codenamed "Magny-Cours")
The new AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors will offer 8- and 12-core processors for 2P and 4P servers, with up to 12MB of L3 cache per socket. This is a server platform you can count on as workloads become increasingly complex and demanding.

NVIDIA Tesla 20 Series GPUs
Based on the next-generation CUDA architecture (codenamed "Fermi"), the Tesla 20-series GPU Computing Solutions feature up to 8x double precision performance, more parallel processing capabilities, ECC implementation, and the NVIDIA GigaThread engine. This innovative technology quickly and accurately delivers results for HPC applications.

Look for complete details on our website starting in late March. We'll have informational guides, along with new and updated products.

New Video Posted

Meet one of the Experts from Silicon Mechanics! Our Product Manager for rackmount servers and storage servers, Elizabeth Marshall, was interviewed at SC09. See clips of her talking about new technologies, our approach to meeting customer needs, and the new 2U 4-node (Twin2) chassis form factor. (1:47 long)

Save the Date: OSCON on July 21 -22

We will be exhibiting at OSCON in Portland, Oregon on July 21 - 22. If you plan to be there, we hope you'll stop by and see us. More details will follow in the next newsletters!

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