Verari Sets Sights on Ultimate Blade System

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2004-04-12 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The company formerly known as RackSaver addresses cooling and management issues of dense servers.

Executives with the company formerly known as RackSaver Inc. believe they have found the perfect combination to propel it forward in the competitive blade market space. The San Diego-based company—now known as Verari Systems Inc.—on Monday announced that it had acquired cluster management software maker MPI Software Technology Inc. Verari also announced that it received two patents connected with its cooling technology that enables its systems to bring in four times the amount of air that rival servers can, increasing their cooling capabilities.
"We can now bring out the ultimate blade system," CEO David Driggers said.
Though the blade market has been growing since the first systems were introduced almost three years ago, cooling and management of the dense servers have continued to be problems, Driggers said. On the cooling issue, Verari has patented its Vertical Cooling System, in which its systems bring in air from the bottom and run it out through the top, rather than in competitors servers, which have a front-to-back flow. The result is more air coming into the systems, which will lead to greater density capabilities, Driggers said. In such dense environments, Verari also will be able to run systems with varying number of processors running on chips from both Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in the same chassis, he said.
On the management side, MPI makes software that manages and programs parallel applications in high-performance computing environments, such as clusters and blade servers, he said. "They understand clusters and they understand how to manage, provision and dynamically schedule power within the system itself," Driggers said. In addition, Verari also announced that Masood Jabbar, former president of computer systems and executive vice president of global sales at Sun Microsystems Inc., is joining the company as its director. Check out eWEEK.coms Server and Networking Center at http://servers.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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