Intel Previews Business in a Box

The chip maker designed the server with integrated storage for solution providers and their SMB customers. (The Channel Insider)

Intel has unveiled its Modular Server, a server and integrated storage on a single platform aimed at SMBs through the channel that company officials are calling "a business in a box."

The new server platform, which will begin shipping in December, is built using Intels 45-nanometer 2P quad- and dual-core Xeon processors, code-named Harpertown and Wolfdale, respectively. Intel officials said the platform will be based on a new technology called Multi-Flex.

Officials said the product was conceived and defined through contact with customer segments served by the channel and is designed as a server that IT managers can easily use remotely.

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"This [is] for SMBs who are stretched pretty thin," said Jared Leavitt, Intel product manager for the Modular Server. "With that in mind, we wanted the IT administrator to stay home on weekends and leave at 5 p.m. every day. The product offers shared storage in the chassis and has virtualized storage capability."

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