19 Jul 2016 Shanghai - Gigabyte Technology, a manufacturer of motherboards and barebones for server applications, and Cavium Inc., a provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, Cloud, and data centre, have launched a line-up of products built on the industry-leading ThunderX family of workload-optimized ARM server SoCs.
At a joint event in Shanghai, Gigabyte and Cavium officially released a range of 14 server SKUs - the results of co-operation based on the Cavium ThunderX platform, utilizing Gigabyte's almost 20 years of experience in the server industry. With these products, the partnership has produced a compelling, high performance alternative to the incumbent solutions in the market. Gigabyte and Cavium had the honour of inviting ecosystem partners - ARM, Innodisk, Linaro, Qlogic, Red Hat, and Suse - all of which have committed resource to bringing ARM-based servers to the mainstream enterprise market - as guest speakers at the event. Gigabyte and Cavium are working with these stakeholders to bring higher performance-per-dollar to the server market and open up a range of potential new applications.
This solution targets high performance volume servers deployed by public/private Cloud and telco data centres. It is optimized for key data centre workloads including compute, security, storage, and distributed databases. Gigabyte ThunderX servers deliver comparable performance at a more compelling TCO than traditional x86 server systems.
Gigabyte has utilized its know-how to become the first and only server vendor to capture the benefits of Cavium's revolutionary design and bring disruptive new solutions to the market through production-ready server products, which bring about:
"Gigabyte has developed and is already shipping a range of Cavium ThunderX based server products to customers in US, Europe and Asia", stated Andy Chen, AVP, Network and Communications Business Unit, Gigabyte. "Our comprehensive portfolio of ThunderX-based systems is available for order and a number of customers have already received production units. We are seeing strong demand for these ARM-based platforms - especially from Cloud service providers."
A comprehensive ecosystem is key to the development of a market for ARM-based servers. To this end, we have been working with stakeholders across the value chain. Gigabyte's release partners contributed their views on co-operation and the market.
"The momentum for ARM-based servers is building and the new range of server products from Gigabyte and Cavium enhances choice for companies seeking to match compute needs with the most energy and cost-effective solutions", stated Lakshmi Mandyam, Senior Marketing Director of Server Programmes, ARM. "It is excellent to see ARM partners at the heart of driving innovative solutions that are delivering to the rigorous demands of Cloud data centre application and workload diversity."
"The ARM server market is beginning to expand and grow and mature", stated Rishi Chugh, Director, Data Center Processor Group at Cavium. "Gigabyte is the perfect partner to lead this effort and showcase the breadth of ThunderX-based workload optimized server platforms delivering the flexibility and performance required for next generation Cloud data centres."
"Red Hat has been collaborating with Gigabyte for quite some time via the Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Programme, as they worked to develop systems based on Cavium's ThunderX processor family", stated Tim Burke, vice president, Linux Engineering, Red Hat. "These new, scalable servers serve as an excellent example of the technical innovation and standardization efforts within the growing ARM ecosystem. We are very pleased that as a result of our joint efforts we currently have Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview running on Gigabyte systems in lab and development environments."
Innodisk is a leading provider of industrial-grade storage solutions. Innodisk's miniDIMM and RDIMM series solutions, especially aimed at server and telecommunication applications, have been certified by Gigabyte and Cavium. Innodisk has collaborated with Gigabyte and Cavium for years and looks forward to continuing to provide the best storage solutions in this field", stated Samson Chang, Vice President, Embedded DRAM division of Innodisk.
SUSE's collaboration with Cavium and Gigabyte has helped to bring AArch64 and Cloud solutions to our customers, a development which is also highly meaningful for the development of the industry", stated Andy Jiang, Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan General Manager with SUSE. "With the hyper-scale hardware of Gigabyte, SUSE can now deliver the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE Enterprise Storage and SUSE OpenStack Cloud to our clients. Cavium and Gigabyte have demonstrated strong leadership in the ARM server market, and SUSE will work continue to closely with them."
"The advent of data centre-class ARM processors provide end users options to tailor hardware to suit specific workloads", stated Greg Scherer, vice president and CTO, QLogic. "The new ThunderX-based servers push the envelope of compute and drive the need for higher speed I/O."