Appro to Offer Ultradense Opteron Servers

The Silicon Valley server maker will launch dual-processor slim servers running on AMD's upcoming Opteron chip.

A Silicon Valley server maker, which already offers a host of systems powered by chips from both Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., will launch dual-processor slim servers running on AMDs upcoming Opteron chip.

Officials at Appro International Inc. said they demonstrated the 1U and 2U servers at the CeBIT conference in Hannover, Germany, earlier this month. The Opteron-powered Appro HyperBlade servers, aimed at users in the high-performance computing arena and those seeking a clustered solution, will be available after AMD launches its 64-bit server chip April 22.

However, Appro, of Milpitas, Calif., already is offering per-orders for the servers on its Web site.

The company will offer remote server management capabilities and such high-speed interconnect options as Myrinet, Dolphin and InfiniBand. The ultradense server can fit 80 dual-processor blades into a standard six-foot-rack.

Appro will offer two versions of both the 1U and 2U servers.

AMD is hoping its Opteron processor will help push it further into the enterprise. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company has said the chip will run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications, protecting a business investment better than Intels 64-bit Itanium architecture.

Appro already offers 1U and 2U servers running Intels Xeon and AMDs Athlon chips, a 4U server running Itanium and a 5U running Xeon.

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