AMD: Servers Based on Energy-Efficient Open 3.0 Platform Available
The servers are available from vendors such as Penguin Computing and ZT Systems, and will offer a balance of performance and cost, AMD officials said.Advanced Micro Devices officials are saying servers based on the company’s Open 3.0 specification offer the same performance as proprietary systems from competitors but at less than half the cost. AMD announced May 13 that systems based on the Open 3.0 server motherboard—once code-named “Roadrunner”—are now available from such partners as Penguin Computing, ZT Systems and Avnet. The spec is part of the larger Open Compute Project (OCP) started by Facebook in 2011 to encourage vendors to create open-source standards for highly energy-efficient data centers and IT hardware. Through the new platform, AMD officials are looking to make it easier for IT professionals to customize their systems based on workload needs. The new systems come a year after AMD unveiled its Open specification. Five months ago, AMD officials introduced the Open 3.0 server motherboard, which complies with requirements laid out by the OCP and gives organizations greater flexibility in their server infrastructures and data center operations. Now the three partners named above, as well as Hyve, will offer servers based on the Open 3.0 motherboards.
The result will be servers with high performance, good energy efficiency and lower cost of ownership, according to AMD officials. Pointing to benchmark comparisons, AMD officials said that in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Open 3.0-based servers can run as many virtual desktops as proprietary OEM systems while reducing costs by 57 percent—$4,589 for a single Open 3.0 server compared with $10,669 for a proprietary system.