AMD Acquires Rising Server Maker SeaMicro

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-02-29 Print this article Print

SeaMicro, like AMD based in Sunnyvale, Calif., uses low-power-consumption processors in its own custom-designed servers that work well in private or hybrid cloud systems.

Advanced Micro Devices, in a move to augment its cloud-system product set, said Feb. 29 that it has agreed to acquire neighboring microserver maker SeaMicro for $334 million€”$281 million of which in cash.

SeaMicro, like AMD, is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., and uses low-power-consumption processors in its own custom-designed servers that work well in private or hybrid cloud systems. The company has been described by analysts and industry watchers as a rising star in the IT industry.

SeaMicro's small-form-factor servers use about 25 percent of the power and only one-sixth of the space used by conventional rack-type servers. Its servers are all plug-and-play, and they are operating-system-agnostic€”requiring no reconfigurations in order to run to data center applications or management infrastructure.

SeaMicro's secret sauce includes its supercomputing fabric software, which can connect thousands of processor cores, memory, storage and input/output traffic for large workloads, AMD President and CEO Rory Read said. AMD will continue to support all current SeaMicro customers while accelerating plans to deliver new platforms that combine AMD and SeaMicro products and enable OEM partners to bring new solutions to market, Read said.

Read said that with SeaMicro's fabric IT and system-level design capabilities, it now will be positioned to offer server building blocks tuned for large processing workloads, such as dynamic Web content, social networking, search and video.

Read also said AMD plans to offer its first Opteron processor-based data center packages that combine both AMD and SeaMicro IT later this year. Read also said AMD, the world's No. 2 chip maker, remains committed to its traditional server business and will continue to invest in that sector.

SeaMicro CEO Andrew Feldman will become general manager of AMD's newly created Data Center Server Solutions business. SeaMicro had received $35 million in venture funding in the last three years from Kosla Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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