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Silicon Mechanics Newsletter - April 2012

The Winner of the Research Cluster Grant is Saint Louis University

Congratulations to Saint Louis University on winning the Research Cluster Grant competition. The winning proposal presented an interdisciplinary deployment of the cluster, enabling research for the Digital Theology, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science Departments, as well as for the School of Business at SLU. For more information, visit our Research Cluster Grant Page.

We want to thank our hardware and software partners for the generous contributions that have made this grant possible: Kingston Technologies, AMD, NVIDIA, QLogic, Supermicro, Seagate, and Bright Computing.

Silicon Mechanics Announces Partnership for Micro-Modular Data Center Deployment

Silicon Mechanics has partnered with Private Cloud Leasing to offer a new concept in Micro-Modular Data Center™ deployment. The solution provides Silicon Mechanics servers, networking, storage, UPS, monitoring and software all in a self-contained mobile unit ready to deploy anywhere, eliminating the hassles associated with the planning, permitting and build-out of new data center space. Components are pre-tested and validated to work together as an integrated infrastructure stack, saving organizations from paying for building improvements related to data center power upgrades and cooling.

The solution is ideal for organizations considering a data center retrofit or expansion, remote office support, offsite data replication, disaster recovery, business continuity, emergency management, new data center build, rapid wireless deployment (utilities), telemedicine ( healthcare), on-site film editing and storage (film industry), mobile command center (government), disaster zone (government), hardened infrastructure (government), communications (government), cell tower replacement, electronic warfare (military), ports of call (military).

The whole system is quiet enough to be located in an office cubicle and is quieter than a phone conversation. This solution is available for short-term rental, lease (with buy-out option) or purchase. The solution is on site at Silicon Mechanics, April 16 – April 27, and is available for demonstration. You can watch a short video here. Contact Silicon Mechanics Channel Sales at or 425-420-1263 for more information.

Announcing the New LSI MegaRAID SAS Controller

Silicon Mechanics is pleased to announce the availability of LSI MegaRAID SAS 9266-4i, 9266-8i, and 9285CV-8e. Here are a few important features of these new products:
  • Powered by the LSI LSISAS2208 dual-core 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC)
  • Support MegaRAID CacheVault™ technology, providing data protection from power and server failures by automatically transferring data stored in controller cache to NAND flash memory in the event of a system interruption. CacheVault eliminates the need for Lithium-ion battery backup units, and their hardware and maintenance costs.
  • Support MegaRAID CacheCade® Pro 2.0, read/write SSD caching software that dramatically accelerates application I/O performance for hard disk drive
  • Support MegaRAID Fast Path software, providing high-performance I/O acceleration for solid state drives (SSDs) connected to a MegaRAID controller
If you have questions about these new products, talk to one of our Sales Experts at 866-352-1173.

Newest Products

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:

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:

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