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Silicon Mechanics Newsletter - March 2012

Announcing the Arrival of the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600

Silicon Mechanics now has servers with the new Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Series. These are all dual-processor servers built on the Sandy Bridge architecture. These CPUs feature performance and power efficiency with outstanding Intel features such as TurboBoost 2.0. Our new servers include the following:
For more information about the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600, check out one of the following resources:

SC11: Research Cluster Grant to Follow Student Cluster Competition

We want to thank all of you who visited our Research Cluster Grant page, and are proud to announce, now that the application period has closed, that we received nearly 200 applications. We, along with our vendor partners, are currently reviewing all of the entries, and will announce the recipient on March 15. Visit the Research Cluster Grant page on that date to see who the winner is.

Silicon Mechanics would like to say a huge thank you to our vendor partners who have contributed hardware to this effort: Kingston Technology, QLogic, AMD, NVIDIA, Supermicro, and Seagate.

Seagate Case Study Highlights Silicon Mechanics, OpenDNS

Seagate has recently released a new case study that features the work Silicon Mechanics and Seagate have done with OpenDNS. You can read the case study here! (PDF, 1MB)

Hard Drive Manufacturer Warranties

While Silicon Mechanics always offers excellent 3-year support on all of our integrated products (for more information see our support page:, we want to let our customers know that our hard drive partners are changing their manufacturer warranty terms. This will not affect your Silicon Mechanics warranty coverage, only the manufacturer warranty on some Enterprise-Grade and Consumer-Grade hard drives.

This change went into effect for hard drives sold after January 1, 2012. See the table in the "Hard Drive Manufacturer Warranties" section of our support page for more details.

Consumer-Grade hard drives are not qualified for Enterprise environments. For this reason, Silicon Mechanics does not warranty Consumer-Grade hard drives; they are covered by their manufacturer warranty only.

Wiechert Nominated for CFO of the Year

Silicon Mechanics is proud to announce that Chief Financial Officer Steve Wiechert was selected as a finalist for the Puget Sound Business Journal's 2012 CFO of the year. For more information, see the news release at the Silicon Mechanics Website.

Newest Products

New AMD Opteron Processors with "Bulldozer" Microarchitecture

We are pleased to announce that we have updated all of our AMD Opteron-based servers to offer the newest processors from AMD: the Opteron 4200 (codenamed "Valencia") and the Opteron 6200 (codenamed "Interlagos"). In their first microarchitecture rebuild since Opteron, AMD introduces the Bulldozer module, engineered to emphasize throughput, core count, and parallel server workloads. See all of our updated Rackform nServ servers. We have also published two new Silicon Mechanics Guides, to provide more in-depth information about the features and functionality of the Bulldozer-based processors: You may also be interested in the following videos from AMD:

Enabling Open Compute Architecture

Silicon Mechanics is proud to enable Open Compute delivery, bringing the Open Compute architecture to deployments of all sizes. The Open Compute Project began with an initiative at Facebook to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures in the world at the lowest possible cost. The result of that work was released by Facebook, and constitutes an open hardware standard that delivers data centers full of vanity-free servers which are efficient, inexpensive, and easy to maintain. For more information, email , or call your Sales Expert at 1-866-352-1173.

Cloud Computing from Silicon Mechanics and Piston Cloud

Silicon Mechanics is proud to announce that we have partnered with Piston Cloud Computing to become their first certified hardware vendor. The Piston Enterprise OS™ (pentOS™) is a new cloud operating system designed for ease of use, security, and open enterprise private cloud environments. The pentOS-powered system runs on a custom cloud configuration and includes all cabling, power management, networking, and servers required to deploy and operate a pentOS private cloud. For more information, visit our configurator, email , or call your Sales Expert at 1-866-352-1173.

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