Universal containers open the door for ICE Cube to easily support all SGI server and storage systems, including Altix ICE, Altix UV, Rackable, COPAN and InfiniteStorage lines, in addition to heterogeneous, third-party systems. The company's long-established Dual Row class of ICE Cube has also been enhanced to better support heterogeneous equipment.
"Our new Universal ICE Cube data centers extend SGI's leadership in modular data centre innovation, allowing us to offer our customers greater flexibility in design and deployment", stated Rick Chapek, SGI senior vice president of hardware engineering. "SGI can now offer targeted ICE Cube configurations across vertical markets that span technical computing, federal government and defense, oil and gas, and Internet, meeting customer specific application and deployment needs."
Each ICE Cube is a self-contained data centre in an easily deployable 20' or 40' ISO standard shipping container. The Universal ICE Cube class can scale to 46,080 cores and 29.8 petabytes (PB) of storage, and is available with chilled-water or air-based cooling, as well as roll-in or fixed-rack designs for the utmost in configuration flexibility. The air-cooled Universal model replaces chilled water with filtered outside air for more efficient deployments in cool and dry climates. ICE Cube leads the industry with deployments capable of attaining a Power Utilization Effectiveness (PUE) factor under 1.12.
Two new Dual Row ICE Cube models represent a fresh take on the company's established ICE Cube line, designed to primarily accommodate Rackable half-depth servers and now also supporting two additional rear-accessible, standard-depth cabinets. This empowers customers to deploy Rackable high density servers in conjunction with a wide variety of heterogeneous storage, server and networking equipment.
"It is not surprising that SGI is driving new innovation in the data centre container market given its long experience in delivering ICE Cube to customers", stated Michelle Bailey, research vice president for Enterprise Platforms and Datacenter Trends, IDC. "By deploying advanced cooling technologies and integrating standard-depth racks that can support a wide variety of server and storage solutions, these new ICE Cube designs provide customers with the flexibility that they require to support a diverse set of applications across their data centres."
ICE Cube is available in the following models:
1. Dual Row Containers:
Dual Row models benefit from lower power consumption by using in-row chilled-water based cooling, replacing the need for server cooling fans. DC power distribution with in-rack UPS maximizes power efficiency.
2. New Universal Containers:
Chilled-water, in-ceiling cooling for standard hot-aisle, cold-aisle environment suitable for practically all rackmount IT equipment.
All Dual Row ICE Cube models are available immediately. SGI is taking orders for Universal containers with initial ship dates expected in calendar Q3. Pricing is provided upon request.