Specialty Servers Gain at Intel

Arthur Cole

One of the more intriguing things to come out of Intel recently, besides the quad-cores, is the idea of the specialty server. Under the view espoused by Pat Gelsinger, senior VP and GM of the digital enterprises group, the company would leverage the Common Systems Interface (CSI) and other technologies like the FB-DIMM memory standard to foster a wide variety of servers tailored to specific tasks or customers.


By mixing and matching chip sets, designs, interconnects and memory modules, the company hopes to segment the market to a degree that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago, quite possibly to the point of mass-produced, yet fully customized, servers for individual users.


The only question we have is whether a wider variety of server choices will help enterprise users or simply create more confusion.


It seems a lot of bold new ideas are coming out of Intel recently, as recent blogs in this forum attest. Part of the aim, no doubt, is to maintain the appearence of a cutting-edge company while rivals continue to encroach on its market share. But it's intriguing nonetheless simply because there is at least a technological means to pull it off. All that's needed is the market demand and the will to meet it.


Other significant server developments this week are the furtherance of water-cooled technology by IBM and the continuing return of thin client technology with the rise of blades.

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