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Intel has a server for your every workload

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by Peter Krass on 10/07/2020
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Your customers may already know that Intel processors rule the data center.  But do they also know that Intel now offers fully configured servers in its Server System lineup ranging from basic, entry-level workloads all the way up to high-performance computing (HPC) and AI?

They should, and for at least 2 important reasons:

> Trust: Intel is a brand they already know and trust. After all, the company supplies the CPUs for roughly 9 of every 10 x86-based servers now in use.  Who doesn’t like to buy from a supplier they trust?

> Simplicity: If your customers are like many IT shops, they prefer to buy all their servers from just one supplier. They know from experience that sticking with a solo supplier can be simpler, more efficient and even cheaper than mixing-and-matching servers from different brands. But they may not have known that Intel was even an option.

There are a few other reasons why you and your customers might take a look at Intel servers, too:

> Innovation: Intel Server Systems run on Intel Xeon Scalable processors, worth a full blog post on their own. Several of these servers also support Intel Optane technology, both for storage and persistent memory (PMem). Plus, Intel Data Center Management (DCM) is supported for free on all Intel servers through the company’s Remote Management Module (RMM4).

> High confidence, low risk: Everything in an Intel Server System, including all third-party hardware and software, is validated by Intel. On top of that, Intel offers a standard 3-year warranty, which is a nice long time to operate worry-free. Customers also have the option of adding 2 more years, for a total of 5 years under warranty, at a reasonable extra cost.

Intel’s server lineup

As mentioned, Intel’s line spans a wide range of performance levels and workload needs. Let’s take a look. Intel currently offers 4 main server systems:

> Intel Server System M20MYP: This is a low-cost, entry-level server designed for basic workloads. It’s a whole lot better than that old PC your smaller customers may be trying to run as a basic server. With Intel Server System M20MYP, they get a choice of either 1 or 2 Intel Xeon Scalable processors, for up to 48 cores. System memory expands to 2 TB, and there are 4 bays for 2.5-inch SSD drives. Also built-in are a pair of 10 GbE ports.

> Intel Server System S2600WF: Enterprise and cloud workloads, apply here. This server offers a choice of 1 or 2 Intel Xeon Scalable processors, for up to 56 cores. It can also handle up to 6 Intel Optane PMem modules per processor (for a total of 12); up to 6TB of system memory; and up to 24 storage drives. Connectivity includes dual 10 GBase-T ports and options for SFP+ and 1 GBase-T. This server is available in both 1U and 2U form factors.

> Intel Server System S2600BP: Looking for compute density that’s also highly scalable? This server offers up to 4 compute modules, each with 2 CPU sockets, for a grand total of 8 processors and 224 cores per chassis. Also supported are up to 2 Intel Optane PMem modules per processor; up to 8TB of memory; and up to 24 storage drives. Networking options include a pair of 10GBase-T ports or dual 10 GbE SFP+ ports.

> Intel Server System S9200WK: This server has been optimized for HPC and AI. To that end, it runs Intel Deep Learning Boost to significantly accelerate inference performance for deep-learning workloads. The server is powered by 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors, up to 2 per module, and up to 4 modules per chassis. That gives you a maximum of 8 CPUs and 448 cores per system. You also get a choice of either liquid or air cooling; up to 12TB of memory; up to 8 SSD drives; and networking with one 1GBase-T dedicated management port and one 1GBase-T port.

So no matter what kind of workload your customers run, or what kind of budget they can handle, there’s an Intel server that’s right for them. Check out Intel servers.


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