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Silicon Mechanics Newsletter - June 2011

Intel Xeon Processor E7 Platform (formerly codenamed "Westmere-EX")

We have introduced two new quad-socket servers featuring the Intel Xeon Processor E7 Family. Both of these servers feature the new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture, with up to 10 cores, 20 threads, and 30MB of shared cache. These CPUS offer a host of other features that optimize performance security. The new products are: For more information, download the Silicon Mechanics Guide to the Intel Xeon Processor E7 Series.

Two new iSCSI / NAS Storage Appliances

We have two thoroughly upgraded iSCSI storage appliances available now. These storage solutions are based on the Intel Xeon Processor E5620, and offer an integrated SAS / SATA hardware RAID controller, 6Gb/s SAS backplanes, and efficient, redundant power supplies.
  • Storform iS713
    2U iSCSI / NAS storage with 12 hot-swap SAS / SATA drives
  • Storform iS715
    4U iSCSI / NAS storage with 24 hot-swap SAS / SATA drives

New Channel Partner Program from Silicon Mechanics

Silicon Mechanics is looking to partner with individuals and companies that are active in the industry and can assist in introducing Silicon Mechanics products to mutual customers. The Partner Program is open to Value-Added Resellers (VARs), IT Resellers, Solution Providers, Systems Integrators, Consultants, Appliance Manufacturers, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and other individuals or organizations who deliver value to their customers in the small-medium business, large corporate enterprise, or public sector.

Program highlights
  • Dedicated partner and client support
  • Partner product training
  • Marketing assistance
  • Pre- and post-sales support to help you win in the marketplace
  • Financial incentives to reward performance and initiative
  • No annual revenue requirements
For more information on the program email or call 206-551-8344.

Wave Vidmar's Ocean Row Solo North Atlantic Challenge 2011

Silicon Mechanics and Intel are proud to join together as Presenting Sponsors for Wave Vidmar and the Ocean Row Solo North Atlantic Challenge 2011. We have worked together to provide a custom, high-performance workstation that will be serving mission control functions throughout the expedition.

Scheduled to leave from Cape Cod this July (the exact date to be determined soon), Wave Vidmar will attempt to row across the North Atlantic Ocean in his custom, high-tech, hand-made 24-foot ocean row boat. The north Atlantic West-to-East crossing is considered one of the most challenging of ocean rows.

To see our page, which will be relaying data as it is downloaded from the boat, visit To visit Wave Vidmar's Ocean Row Solo website, visit Stay tuned for updates throughout the summer!

New Silicon Mechanics Time Lapse Video

We recently completed the installation of a cluster and high-definition video wall at the University of Hawaii. See the installation in time lapse video, and learn a little bit about the system's various elements in this one minute video.

2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey Coming Soon

For the fourth year in a row, Silicon Mechanics has contracted with Blue Research to conduct our Customer Satisfaction Survey for us. The aggregated information is always helpful to us in our ongoing efforts to offer the products, services, and support you need, and regularly has an impact on our planning and strategy for the upcoming year.

The survey will be online beginning in July, and will be brief. Customers will be selected at random to receive an invitation to participate. If you receive an invitation, please participate. Your feedback is very important to us!

Silicon Mechanics Teams Up with Boston University

The annual Student Cluster Competition at SC11 this year will have a new entrant. Silicon Mechanics is working with students from the Physics Department at Boston University to compete for honor, glory, and bragging rights. Using current-generation cluster hardware, they will be building a small cluster of their own design, and racing to demonstrate the greatest sustained performance across a series of applications. If you're going to be at SC, be sure to check out the Boston University team and help us cheer them on! For more details about the competition, read the release on the IEEE Computer Society website.

OSCON Coming in July!

Join us once again at OSCON! It will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, and we will be exhibiting in Booth 412 on July 27 and 28. Come by to check out the latest hardware, to pick up a t-shirt, or just to say hello. See you in Portland!

Reminder: Intel Xeon E3-1200 Platform (formerly codenamed "Bromolow")

We have introduced three new 1U, single-socket servers that feature the latest Intel Xeon processors–the E3-1200 Series running the Intel C204 Chipset. These servers feature the new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel Turbo Boost 2.0, and a host of other features that optimize performance uptime and security. The new products are: For more information about the new processor and chipset, download the Silicon Mechanics Guide to the Intel Xeon E3-1200.

Reminder: AMD Opteron-Based Storage Servers

Four new AMD-based Storform Storage servers and two updated Rackform nServ servers have joined the Silicon Mechanics lineup. All of these servers feature 2 AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processors. These servers offer high-capacity, low-cost storage without compromising on power, flexibility, or reliability: All of our storage servers are easily expandable with the addition of our Storform JBODs.

Our Rackform nServ A346 2U and our A362 3U have also been updated to include the latest Opteron processors. You can now take advantage of new power management features, DDR3 Memory, and 12MB of L3 cache per socket in general compute servers with either 8 or 16 drives.

Reminder: Silicon Mechanics on Facebook and Twitter

Silicon Mechanics has a Facebook page, and you can find it at We're posting product launch information, event announcements and updates, photos from trade shows, and happenings around our Bothell headquarters. Become a fan of Silicon Mechanics on Facebook!

If you want shorter versions of the information, you can follow us on Twitter at!/ExpertIncluded.

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