SeaMicro, a company founded in 2007 and based in Sunnyvale, California, continues to shake up the server market with their best-in-class data center computing servers. In a span of nine months, the company has introduced three Intel Atom based servers that continue to break the barriers on the compute power per watt scale.

Currently, SeaMicro’s latest server, the SM10000-64HD puts 384 Intel Atom N570 dual-core CPUs (yes the kind that go into netbooks) into a chassis that takes up one sixth the space of traditional servers and consumes only one quarter the power. According to SeaMicro, this single machine can replace rival systems consisting of 60 traditional servers, four rack switches, four terminal servers, and a load balancing server. This latest server even bests SeaMicro’s previous server line by 20%.

SeaMicro’s sales have been doubling each quarter and at this rate could become the fastest growing server company in America. It has about US$80 million in venture capital funding and has France Telecom, Skype, Rogers Wireless, Mozilla, eHarmony, and China Netcom BB among its customers. Hundreds of millions of Internet users traverse SeaMicros hardware on a daily basis.

Intel, for its part, is pleased as punch. Jason Waxman, general manager of Intels Data Center Group, says, “SeaMicro continues to drive innovation in the microserver market and can get the equivalent of 3,000 processors running at a combined total of 5,100 gigahertz.” They solve the critical power consumption problem by using Intel low power Atom CPUs and also lots of custom integrated ICs.

And at US$237,000 per unit, these servers are a steal – or so I’m told.

Source: VentureBeat

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