|FC206i Server Blade
|Each server blade measures 1.2"x4.2"x12"
(h x w x d).
When Transmeta first announced the Crusoe processor early last year the evolutionary
software-based chip was slated to make its' presence known in only
personal devices like Internet WebPads and sub-notebooks. With the cooling off
of the Webpad marketplace, and the unavailability of many Crusoe-based notebooks
in North America, the new class of low-power servers emerging now are set to
bask well in the glow given off by the venerable Crusoe.
WebBunker line of low-power, high-density web servers
TM5600 667MHz Crusoe Processors
2U Form factor
Redundant IO and PSU
DDR SDRAM onboard/CPU
Expandable to 756MB/CPU
Hot swapable CPU Bays
20GB ATA100 EIDE HDD
Win2k, Linux, FreeBSD
17.5"x3"x14" (w x h x d)
The WebBunker FC206i server has been designed to deliver rich web media through dynamic improvements in web transactions per square foot of rack space and per watt. With six independent 667MHz Crusoe servers in 2U worth of rack space, the FC206i offers a high density option with lower power requirements than traditional web servers today.
This shifting focus comes at just the right time for
FiberCycle, a newly conceived server company. Many of FiberCycle's customers are located in California,
a state grappling with a major power crisis, and the perfect atmosphere for a low-power
server to emerge. Thanks in part to rolling blackouts and power-hungry server farms, the
demand for low-power web servers is anything but obtuse.
To this effect, California based FiberCycle has announced the
release of the WebBunker, a low-power,
high-density server. What makes the WebBunker unique is that it is one of the first
rack-mounting servers to incorporate Transmeta's mobile processor, Crusoe.
The WebBunker Model FC206i - the first of FiberCycle's WebBunker line of servers - will hit the market mid-second quarter
this year for around $9,300 USD or about $1500 per CPU blade . The 2U
rack-mounting unit has six independent single-cpu servers (it will be able to
scale dual Crusoe processors shortly), dual redundant power supplies and IO
blades all in one package. The FC206i will rely upon a 20Gb EIDE ATA-100 hard drive for permanent storage, and come equipped with 256Mb of onboard
DDR SDRAM. One expansion DIMM slot will enable a maximum up 756Mb memory per CPU.
Each of the six CPU bays contains a completely independent TM5600 Crusoe based
server, with the CPU and system board up front, and
the hard drive in rear.
The FC206i server supports Windows 2000, IIS, Linux 6.2, XFree86, Apache,
etc. and can provide services such as; sendmail, GNOME & KDE, CGI, Pearl, SMTP,
IMAP, POP3, APOP and DNS. It comes preloaded with either
Windows 2000 or Linux 6.2.
Already planned ahead, FiberCycle will shortly introduce the FC212i which will incorporate
a second system board in place of the hard drive. The planned FC212i
dual TM5600 Crusoe configuration would rely upon a fibre channel
connection to meet storage needs.
While RLX Technologies has been tight-lipped about the details of
their low-power 15 Watt Razor servers, FiberCycle CEO Spero
Koulouras touted the density of their Web Bunker saying "FiberCycle
can fit ~500 processors in 2 Meters of rackspace, comparably only 40-80 PIII processors
could be stored in the same space." That kind of density characteristic would
enable Internet Data Centers to cut their costs per square foot of rack space considerably.
Based on the 30" cabinet configuration in this example, FiberCycle servers could be dropped in
back-to-back from both sides of the cabinet. Their 14" depth and front-side cable connections
make this kind of density astounding, and lucrative.
Who will be buying this class of low-power server? Well
in the case of FiberCycle, those customers may very well be the same IDC's which
have been helping them evaluate and fine tune the technology over the past several
months, namely Exodus, Equinix and SiteSmith. For the moment four customers have been confirmed,
though CEO, Mr. Koulouras wouldn't specify with whom.