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CRN: Einux Ups Rack Density with Four [Linux] Servers in 1U Space

Apr 06, 2000, 23:37 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph F. Kovar)

"The goal of the unit is to enable ISPs and ASPs to squeeze up to 160 servers into a standard 19-inch, 41U rack, said Wong. At that density, he estimated that in a three-year period a customer could save more than $100,000 in data center rental costs compared to using 1U servers, or more than $540,000 compared to using 4U servers."

"The key to the SLinux server design is controlling heat, said Wong. This is accomplished by using a thermal-electric mechanism instead of a heat sink to move heat away from the processor. The server also has specially designed tunnels for airflow. Several components were designed out of the system to reduce motherboard size as well, Wong added."

"...the SLinux does include a cluster management client, along with a hot-swap hard drive and fan capability to allow redundancy and failover. ... Pricing for the SLinux starts at $5,995, including four complete servers in the box. At this price, each server will contain a 500MHz Celeron processor, 128 Mbytes of RAM, Linux, a browser, and a 10-Gbyte hard drive. The product is expected to ship in May."

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