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AMD's Seamicro Intel server gains Citrix certification

Bittersweet victory
Fri Jun 08 2012, 12:16
Seamicro SM10000

CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced that its Seamicro SM10000-XE server has been certified to run Citrix's Xenserver 6.

AMD's recent acquisition of Seamicro was seen as something of a coup for the company as the low-power, ultra high density server vendor had a good reputation for its wares. Now AMD has received a shot in the arm from enterprise software firm Citrix, which has announced that its Xenserver 6 virtualisation software is certified to run on Seamicro SM10000-XE kit.

Citrix's Xenserver is one of the most popular virtualisation packages around and by gaining certification, AMD will be able to push its newly acquired Seamicro kit into more enterprises.

Andrew Feldman, GM of AMD's Data Centre Server Solutions group said, "As a member of the Citrix Ready program, we are able to offer customers intelligent solutions that combine our SM10000-XE server with Citrix Xenserver 6. This comprehensive offering is just one example of how we are working closely with our technology partners to provide the highest quality experience for our customers."

Ironically Seamicro's SM10000-XE doesn't use AMD's Opteron processors, instead packing 64 Intel Xeon E3-1260L chips into a 10U server rack space. Seamicro is likely to move to AMD Opteron processors soon, as it is quite embarrassing for a company owned by AMD to be flogging only Intel servers.

AMD might have bought Seamicro for its interconnect technology but the firm was doing steady business selling servers based on Intel chips before it was acquired, and AMD would be foolish to let such a revenue stream disappear. Citrix's Xenserver certification is absolutely vital on systems that have hundreds of cores, as firms want to deploy virtual machines to divide those cores among many systems rather than having a single monolithic server image. µ


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