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FiberCycles WebBunker Crusoe Server - FC206i

FiberCycles WebBunker Crusoe Server - FC206i - PCSTATS
Abstract: What makes FiberCycle's WebBunker unique is that it is one of the first rack-mounting servers to incorporate Transmeta's mobile processor, Crusoe.
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External Mfg. Website: FiberCycle Mar 07 2001   Max Page  
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FC206i Server Blade
Each server blade measures 1.2"x4.2"x12"
(h x w x d).
Product Specification

Fibercycle FC206i:
WebBunker line of low-power, high-density web servers

 Six TM5600 667MHz Crusoe Processors
 Six Servers
 2U Form factor
 Redundant IO and PSU
Technical Specs:
 256MB DDR SDRAM onboard/CPU
 Expandable to 756MB/CPU
 Hot swapable CPU Bays
 Fibre Channel
 Gb Ethernet
 Win2k, Linux, FreeBSD
 17.5"x3"x14" (w x h x d)
Approximate Price:
 $9300.00 USD


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.

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.

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.

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Contents of Article: FiberCycle FC206i
 Pg 1.  — FiberCycles WebBunker Crusoe Server - FC206i
 Pg 2.  WebBunker FC206i Specs and Features

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