The Star (Nairobi)

14 December 2012

Kenya: Intel's Centerton Design for Efficient Computing

Intel Corporation has hiked the stakes in the micro-server market with a first of its kind unit called Centerton. Centerton is billed to be a low-cost, low-power 'micro-server' CPU platform aimed at delivering energy-efficient computing.

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 company's strategy is to extend its dominance in the micro-server market which has a greater appeal especially in cloud scenarios - companies with huge data centres. Centerton has been designed to run as a system-on the chip.

"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, Danie Steyn, Intel's General Manager for East Africa.

Intel forecast that micro-servers will make 10 per cent of the entire server market by 2015 and prides itself as the world's best microprocessor designer.

As public clouds continue to grow, the opportunity to transform companies providing dedicated hosting, content delivery or front-end Web servers are also growing.

Micro-servers are an emerging type of shared infrastructure server designed for unique data centre workloads where many low-power, dense servers may be more efficient than fewer, higher-end servers.

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.

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 centre.

"Companies and individuals will be able to have cost effective customised solutions for their operations, save on electricity and a host of other advantages," Steyn said.

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