Supermicro Deploys Over 30,000 MicroBlade Servers For High Efficiency Data Centers

Super Micro Computer, Inc., a computing, storage and networking technology company, deployed its disaggregated MicroBlade systems at one of the world’s highest density and energy efficient data centers.

Over 30,000 Supermicro MicroBlade servers have been deployed at its Silicon Valley data center facility with a Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.06, to support the company’s growing compute needs. Compared to a traditional data center running at 1.49 PUE, or more, the new data center achieves an 88 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency. When the build out is complete at a 35 megawatt IT load power, the company is targeting $13.18 million┬áin savings per year in total energy costs across the entire data center.

“A disaggregated server architecture enables the independent upgrades of the compute modules without replacing the rest of the enclosure including networking, storage, fans and power supplies, which refresh at a slower rate,” Shesha Krishnapura, Intel Fellow and Intel IT CTO said in a statement.

The Supermicro MicroBlade system represents an entirely new type of computing platform. It is a powerful and flexible extreme-density 3U or 6U all-in-one total system that features 14 or 28 hot-swappable MicroBlade Server blades. The system delivers an 86 percent improvement in power/cooling efficiency with common shared infrastructure, 56 percent system density improvement and lower initial investment versus 1U servers. The solution has 280 Intel Xeon processor-servers per rack and achieves 45 percent to-65 percent CAPEX savings per refresh cycle with a disaggregated rack scale design.

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