FIBERCYCLE ANNOUNCES FIRST ULTRA-DENSE
SERVERS USING TRANSMETA PROCESSOR
Acceleration Systems Dramatically Lower Power Consumption, Enabling Increased
Web Transaction Rates
Gatos, Calif., March 7, 2001 --- FiberCycle, Inc. today
announced its WebBunker family of Content Acceleration Servers, the first
web-optimized, ultra high-density servers. WebBunker launches Transmeta's Crusoe
processor into the Internet Data Center market, delivering industry-leading web
transactions per watt. High traffic Web site operators can now increase the
number of web transactions processed per rack by up to five times, without
increasing power consumption.
"With the growing complexity and sophistication of rich
and dynamic web content, the demands placed on the Internet's infrastructure
have increased exponentially, while the application and web servers processing
Internet content remain rooted in legacy PC architectures," said Spero
Koulouras, President and CEO of FiberCycle. "Today's general purpose servers
have become a bottleneck in delivering new, compelling, bandwidth-intensive
applications over the Internet. FiberCycle is pioneering a new breed of system
which accelerates content delivery, re-architecting the web server from the AC
cord to the Operating System."
WebBunker's unique ability to maximize transactions per
square foot and per watt is based on several patent-pending technologies,
including FiberCycle's Content Acceleration Multiprocessor architecture (CAMP),
data center-driven ultra-dense server design--based initially on the Transmeta
Crusoe processor--the integration of front-end web server components, and
WebBunker Command Center software, a deployment and management toolset.
The entry-level WebBunker 206 targets the immediate data
center requirements of reduced power consumption and increased rack density,
with an ultra-dense server design packing up to 12 processors in a 2U form
factor. The high-capacity WebBunker 212 provides double the number of CPUs in
the same form factor and adds connectivity to remote storage. WebBunker Command
Center management software provides new provisioning and administrative
capabilities, allowing hundreds or thousands of systems residing in data center
racks to be deployed in minutes, rather than days or weeks.
CAMP Architecture Spells
Smarter Performance For Multi-Gigabit Networks
patent-pending CAMP architecture will intelligently analyze web requests as they
enter each WebBunker system so transactions are processed more quickly, reliably
and efficiently. As a web request enters WebBunker, the CAMP architecture will
identify requests for rich content and dynamic processing, then accelerate these
requests through the most appropriate processor in the system. CAMP is designed
for emerging networks operating at and above 10 Gbps. As 10 Gbps Ethernet
devices emerge, FiberCycle will be ready with advanced I/O subsystems allowing
this bandwidth to be effectively and efficiently processed within the WebBunker.
Traditional CPU architectures will be saturated with network overhead, while the
WebBunker will deliver rich media content at fiber speed.
"FiberCycle's WebBunker systems can have a dramatic
impact on the quantity of transactions that our Internet Business Exchange
customers execute per square foot in our IBXs," said Jay Adelson, CTO and
Founder of Equinix. "Our IBX centers are all about choice--the freedom for
companies to interconnect with a wide variety of partners for business growth
and enhanced performance. Our centers are important Internet hubs, and as such
are premium environments. As a result, our customers want to gain the greatest
efficiencies in transactions processed while significantly reducing the amount
of power required. For this reason, FiberCycle's WebBunker is the kind of
solution that fits into the IBX ecosystem perfectly."
WebBunker systems increase the number of
transactions per data center rack by five to eighteen times and provide the
highest throughput and system efficiency on the market. The system can pack more
processing power into a smaller space through a unique, integrated hardware and
software design. This approach streamlines and enhances processing technology
and eliminates the extraneous components-such as keyboard, video and mouse-found
in today's legacy server architectures. With WebBunker, up to 504 processors can
be installed in a 2-meter data center rack, compared to traditional rack mount
PC's, which top out at between 40 and 84 processors. Storage options include up
to 480 GB of internal EIDE hard disk and external FibreChannel connectivity.
Ethernet and FibreChannel I/O as well as Infinibandª will be supported.
"FiberCycle realized that Transmeta's low power
operation could enable them to build an entirely new class of servers using
hundreds of processors," said David Ditzel, Vice Chairman and Chief Technology
Officer, Transmeta Corporation. "Transmeta's Crusoe processors are being used by
FiberCycle to build unique servers with compelling advantages such as reduced
power consumption, which can provide energy cost savings and maximize
performance in a given space. Transmeta is committed to this emerging market
space and we will continue to work closely with FiberCycle's innovative team as
they push the envelope in the Internet data center server space."
Today's Web site managers require equipment which can
deliver five nines reliability while being easy to maintain and upgrade.
FiberCycle's WebBunker product line was designed from the start to operate in a
24 X 7, remotely managed environment. WebBunker's modular design features
hot-swappable CPU, Ethernet and Power Supply blades, which are completely front
panel accessible. An integrated management processor allows lights-out operation
with out-of-band management of all CPUs.
A Cooler, Less
With power crises affecting much of the
United States and with estimates of the power draw of computer equipment running
as high as 13% of the total U.S. power consumption, the time is right for a new
breed of more efficient web servers. As one of highest operating expense items
for data center operators, power will always be a critical consideration in
owning and managing large server farm installations. On top of the power
consumed by the systems themselves, E-Business managers must also consider the
power required to cool these systems. For every watt of power dedicated to
equipment within a data center, a watt and a half is dedicated into the air
conditioning system to keep it cool. WebBunker systems with only 25% of the
power draw of competitive products, are the most energy efficient and lowest
heat producing ultra-dense server products available.
Web Bunker Command
Center - Rapid Web Site Deployment
With WebBunker Command Center,
web site operators are able to install, provision and manage server farm racks
in record time, leading to faster introductions of new services and faster time
to revenue. Command Center allows servers to be identified by their rack
location, provides remote access to power, supports rapid system and rack
replication, as well as reset and console ports. SNMP and Web-based interfaces
General availability of WebBunker systems will occur
in April 2001. Prices start at -More- $10,900 per 6 CPU system. FiberCycle's
CAMP technology is scheduled for availability in the 4th quarter. WebBunker can
be purchased directly from FiberCycle at www.fibercycle.com
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Los Gatos, California,
FiberCycle, Inc. is the leading provider of content acceleration
systems-web-optimized, power efficient ultra servers for the Internet Data
Center and Managed Service Provider markets. With FiberCycle's WebBunker
products, high traffic Web site operators can increase the number of web
transactions processed per data center rack by up to five times, without
increasing power consumption. The company is the first to deliver
Transmeta-based ultra server products. FiberCycle's management team is composed
of industry veterans from Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, 3Com and NetManage. The
company is privately held, with investors that include Frank Marshall, Venture
Partner, Sequoia Capital; Dominic Orr, CEO, Alteon; Valori Stitt; Deutsche Banc
Alex Brown Private Equity Group; CrossLink Technology Partners; DotEdu Ventures;
Sunrise Capital Fund; Alliance Venture Management, and the Zodiac Venture Fund.
More information on the company is available at www.fibercycle.com.