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Servergy Unveils Energy-Efficient Cleantech Servers

The systems are powered by IBM's Power Architecture and run the PowerLinux OS, offering businesses 16 times in savings in energy and space costs.

Servergy, a data center technology vendor that makes highly energy-efficient servers, is rolling out a new line of systems under the Cleantech Server name.

Servergy officials launched the first of the new Cleantech systems—the CTS1000—Oct. 21 at the IBM Enterprise Conference in Orlando, Fla. The PowerLinux systems, based on Freescale's Power architecture, are designed to offer organizations highly dense, hyper-efficient alternatives to mainstream servers that come with high I/O and compute density, according to the company.

The CTS-1000 can save businesses up to 16 times in server energy and space costs, weighs 9 pounds, and has a footprint the size of a legal pad—less than a fourth of 1U (1.75 inches)—company officials said. The 1.5GHz Power Architecture system-on-a-chip (SoC) features up to 2MB of CPU cache, 32GB of memory and 6TB of storage, as well as integrated accelerators like an advanced encryption engine, networking offloading engine and a pattern-matching engine for big data workloads. The server also features two 10GB and two 1GB ports.

It consumes less than 130 watts of power under a full load, according to the company.

"At just nine pounds with the footprint of a legal pad, the true beauty of the Cleantech Server lies in its unprecedented small size and weight," Servergy founder, Chairman and CEO Bill Mapp said in a statement. "It is everything this data-hungry, power- and real estate-constrained era of big data and cloud needs to solve the space, I/O and energy crises created by the rapidly growing world of exploding data. … To be clear, Cleantech Servers are not another 'microserver for microjobs'—these are true industrial-grade brawny core servers with very high I/O that are built using our Cleantech Architecture with the mature PowerLinux technology that has already been scaled and proven in the data centers years ago."

Servergy officials have said that highly efficient systems like the CTS-1000 are going to become increasingly important as more intelligent devices connect to the Internet, and more data and content is generated online. Cisco Systems has projected that by 2017, there will be 3.6 billion Internet users, 19 billion machine-to-machine connections and 1.4 zettabytes of information being generated online.

Top-tier vendors, including Hewlett-Packard and Dell, are developing new ultradense and energy-efficient servers that will run not only on Intel's and Advanced Micro Devices' low-power x86-based processors, but also chips designed by ARM and made by the likes of Calxeda and Applied Micro.

In a statement in September, Servergy officials said they opted for the more mature Power Architecture instead, adding that when compared with traditional servers, the Servergy systems offer savings of 80 percent or more in power costs and space requirements.

"This is only going to get more important as we move forward," Servergy's Mapp said. "That giant sucking sound you hear is the huge need out there for lower power."