Intel unveils first of its kind unit: ‘Centerton’

Intel Corporation is on an innovation streak. The company has unveiled what is billed to be a low-cost, low-power ‘micro-server’ CPU platform aimed at delivering energy-efficient computing – dubbed Centerton.

The new innovation is the latest in the company’s stable aimed at addressing the diverse needs in performance and power for companies in the SME category. The move is part of the company’s strategy to extend its dominance in the micro-server market which has a greater appeal especially in cloud scenarios – companies with huge data centres.It has been designed to run as a system-on the chip.

As public clouds continue to grow, the opportunity to transform companies providing dedicated hosting, content delivery or front-end Web servers are also growing. High density servers based on low-power processors are able to deliver the desired performance while at the same time significantly reduce the energy consumption – one of the biggest cost drivers in the data center. However, before deploying new equipment in data centers, companies look for several critical features.

Danie Steyn – Intel’s General Manager for East Africa says that companies and individuals will be able to have cost effective customized solutions for their operations, save on electricity and a host of other advantages.

Intel which prides itself as the world’s best microprocessor designer - anticipates that micro-servers could make up to 10 percent of the whole server market by 2015.

“We are raising our game in the micro-server space; they will be one of major sources of server market growth in the next few years. With Centerton we hope to elevate micro-servers to a whole new level though the use of Intel chips, says Mr. Steyn.

The concept of micro-server has been introduced by major industrial CPU vendors like Intel in the past few years. Micro-servers are an emerging type of shared infrastructure server designed for unique data center workloads where many low-power, dense servers may be more efficient than fewer, higher-end servers

The move by Intel signifies the significant changes that Data center infrastructure is undergoing across a range of hardware platforms with server technology poised for a particularly dramatic shake-up as designs become both smaller and more powerful.

Servers have diverse workloads, from web hosting (serving web pages) to mission-critical computing (running stock markets). Today, the power capacity of Intel’s server chips range from 15 to 45 watts.

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