While IT vendors from IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell have made small and midsized business a major focus for more than a year, Super Micro is now also looking to enter the field with a new energy-efficient server system called the SuperServer 5035L-iB. While Super Micro is primarily known for its line of systems for high-performance computing and enterprise data centers, CEO Charles Liang believes that his company needed a server specifically designed and priced for small businesses.
which is best known for its enterprise and high-performance computer
(HPC) servers, is now eyeing small and midsized business customers with
a new, low-cost system.
On Dec. 15, Super Micro will begin selling the SuperServer 5035L-iB,
a mini-tower server that offers configurations with starting prices
between $300 and $500, which is typically 20 to 30 percent lower than
the company's more typical enterprise systems.
With the debut of the SuperServer 5035L-iB, Super
Micro is looking to expand its business beyond its core enterprises
government customers and into the small and midsize business (SMB)
that has been attracting the likes of Dell
, IBM and Hewlett-Packard in recent years.
Super Micro CEO Charles Liang, who was recently featured in a New York Times profile
, calls this new opportunity for his company SOHO for small office, home office business environments.
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In an interview with eWEEK, Liang said that in order for his company
to grow, it needed to reach out to small business customers with a
lower-cost system. Liang also emphasized the SuperServer's
energy-efficient 300-watt power supply and engineering that ensures the
system runs quiet enough that it can be installed in a small office or
"We wanted to bring enterprise technology to the SOHO market," said
Liang during a telephone interview. "We wanted to have our SOHO server
and storage system perform at 80-Plus Bronze level power efficiency.
Besides the low power supply, we to have very low noise. It's like a
home desktop noise level."
companies such as HP with its SMB specific servers and systems such as
its BladeSystem C3000 chassis have been courted small businesses for
, Liang said Super Micro needed to begin expanding its business and its channel offerings in order to grow.
"Last year, we grew 53 percent in terms of engineering manpower so
we have more engineering resources now and that's why we have more of
an opportunity to offer more products," said Liang.
The SuperServer 5035L-iB is based on Super Micro's own X7SLM-L
server board, which supports one Intel Core 2 Duo E4000 series
processor. The board can also support older Intel Pentium and Celeron
processors as well for lower price configurations. The Super Micro
X7SLM-L supports Intel's 945GC chip set as well as two DIMM (dual
in-line memory modules) that offer up to 2GB of main SDRAM (synchronous
dynamic random access memory).
The Super Micro X7SLM-L also supports up to four SATA (serial ATA)
ports that support RAID O, 1, 5, 10 configurations. There is also
support for 8 USB 2.0 ports.
In addition to more traditional business technology, Super Micro's
server board also supports an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
graphics engine as well as PCI-Express x16 graphics connector, which
allows this system to work as multimedia server for home entertainment.
The SuperServer 5035L-iB is 7.25 inches wide and 15.25 inches high
and supports up to four, 3.5-inch internal hard disk drive bays as well
as two, 5.25-inch external bays and four I/O expansion slots.
The new Super Micro SuperServer 5035L-iB for SMBs is available to
order as of Monday and the company plans to offer new configurations
within the first quarter of 2009.