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Servers Direct Announces Release of WHITEBOX OPEN™ Server Platforms

Open-hardware solutions provide freedom of choice

Servers Direct announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ family of servers and storage solutions that are custom, cost-optimized open-hardware platforms. WHITEBOX OPEN™ enables enterprises to choose the server and storage configurations that exactly meet their needs, while reducing costs and using flexible open systems management. The WHITEBOX OPEN™ platforms are ideal for content delivery network service providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value added resellers (VARs), and large IT enterprises.

The unique WHITEBOX OPEN™ (WBO) features that enable the open-hardware capabilities of these servers include:

  • All WBO servers use OpenBMC, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in.
  • WBO servers support the use of LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS to create unique features, to improve security, and provide a lightning fast boot experience.
  • OCP-inspired hardware features are incorporated in WBO servers, including OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor network cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs. The internal OCP storage slots also support NVMe and SSDs for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.
  • Utilizing OCP networking enables WBO servers to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces rack cabling complexity.
WHITEBOX OPEN™ platforms

The initial nine WHITEBOX OPEN™ platforms that use dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs range from the R1560 1U 4 bay server to the M2660 2U 4 Node server to the D2760 2U 24 bay with an optional 4 rear 2.5" hot-swap bays and 4 2.5" internal bays. Each of the WBO server platforms can be customized to exact end-user specifications. GPU-based versions of WBO servers will be available soon.

"Our customers have been asking for cost-optimized open-hardware platforms as the foundation of their software-defined infrastructures," said Costa Hasapopoulos, President. "WHITEBOX OPEN™ servers are the ideal high performance solution for demanding applications such as Content Delivery, Cloud Services, Software Defined Storage, Virtualization, and Analytics/AI. At the same time, these innovative platforms provide benefits of scale and volume, component standardization, ease of service logistics, and the means to avoid vendor lock-in."

More information about Servers Direct and the WHITEBOX OPEN™ family of server platforms is available at https://sddeviapps.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open


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