The race to manufacture the first paper-thin server continues with the release of super-thin servers by a trio of companies, writes Daniel Thomas.
The market for these rack-mountable servers is growing as corporations and service providers find a need for dozens of networked servers at a time when datacentre floor space is at a premium.
Start-up Einux has begun shipping a dual-CPU system which fits into a space 3.8cm high. The company was planning to announce at the Comdex trade show that is has begun shipping a super-thin machine that houses four separate computers.
Network Engines has released its StorageEngine Voyager, a network-attached storage appliance specifically designed for e-commerce and hosting providers that need storage for small Internet clusters in co-located environments. The units can store up to 144Gbytes of data. An extra 288Gbytes of storage can be provided with the Storage Array disc array.
API NetWorks, formerly Alpha Processor, has introduced the CS20, a server that puts two of Compaq's powerful Alpha CPUs into a 3.8cm space. It is designed to be used to build advanced Web servers and as a platform for creating clustered equivalents of supercomputers for largescale facilities, grand-challenge problems and complex research.