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Fabric7 Unveils High-End Enhancements To Enterprise Server

Taking advantage of current and future roadmaps of AMD's Opteron processor, Fabric7 Systems announced Monday a series of additions to its Q160 flagship enterprise server.

AMD said the features are targeted primarily at database environments and as replacements for UNIX servers, particularly those running the Solaris 10 operating system.

"There is a very large installed base of expensive UNIX servers looking for a scalable x86 server that can carry the load," said Sharad Mehrotra, Fabric7 CEO, in an e-mail. "The most obvious use case is a database server " servers responsible for running DBMS, such as Oracle, SQL Server, DB2 and Sybase (that) require lots of processing power and memory to reduce dependency on much slower disk access."

Explosive growth in online transaction processing volumes and the archiving and indexing of large amounts of data will continue to drive the market for large and fast servers, he said.

Fabric7's high-end Q160 server with fabric computing architecture carries a starting list price of $144,000. Advanced configurations can dynamically create and provision "fabric" servers with customized processor and memory partitions, networking and storage access. Configurations can include converged Fibre Channel gateways as well as additional processor and memory boards designed for application service modules.

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