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FIBERCYCLE ANNOUNCES FIRST ULTRA-DENSE SERVERS
Date: Wednesday March 07, 2001
Category: Servers
Manufacturer Link: FIBERCYCLE Discus -- BBS
WebBunker family of Content Acceleration Servers, the first web-optimized, ultra high-density servers. WebBunker launches Transmeta's Crusoe processor
 

FIBERCYCLE ANNOUNCES FIRST ULTRA-DENSE SERVERS USING TRANSMETA PROCESSOR

WebBunker Content Acceleration Systems Dramatically Lower Power Consumption, Enabling Increased Web Transaction Rates

Los 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
FiberCycle's 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-The Hardened Server Shelter
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 InfinibandÂȘ 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 Power-Hungry Internet
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 are available.

Pricing and Availability
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

About FiberCycle, Inc.
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.

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