A Closer Look At Intel’s New Sandy Bridge Server Boards
As promised, Intel has reached out with a little bit more information on its new line of Intel Xeon E5 Sandy Bridge server boards for channel partners. The general gist: Intel wants to help channel partners build their businesses on services and hardware from its Enterprise Platform and Services Division (EPSD), and it’s accelerating its software platform while providing higher-performance motherboards to help get them there.
Intel EPSD head Lisa Graff led her presentation by explaining what her division has made available to VARs in 2011 thus far. The focus largely has been on expanding Intel’s service and software offerings. Between the
Intel Enabled Server Application Alliance Intel Enabled Solutions Acceleration Alliance (ESAA), which puts together third-party application “recipes” for these so-called channel servers, the Intel Multi-Server Manager, which, well, guess what it does, and the Intel Server Continuity Suite, which continues to build toward completion through early 2012, Intel’s focus has been on less hardware and more tools to make life easier.
And now enter what Graff referred to as “the new family” of server boards compatible with the forthcoming Intel Xeon E5 line of processors, with details taken from her presentation:
- S2600JF (Jefferson Pass), optimized for memory throughput and performance.
- S2600WP (Washington Pass), density and performance optimized for a large memory footprint.
- S2600CO (Copper Pass), maximum I/O support and a two-socket rack.
- S2600CP (Canoe Pass), the “mainstream” two-socket platform.
- S2600CR (Crown Pass), the “expert” workstation board for the “latest” CPU and I/O technologies.
- S2600IP (Iron Pass), maximum I/O support and expandability with a two-socket rack.
- S2600GZ (Grizzly Pass), the “premium” computing platform supporting “maximum” memory.
- The Intel Server System H2000 (Bobcat Peak) family, a flexible, high-density chassis for high-performance computing (HPC),
- The Intel Server Chassis P4000 (Union Peak) family, with a redesigned and reconfigurable form factor,
- The Intel Server System R2000 (Bighorn Peak) family, a high-end chassis for the enterprise.