SOURCE: SeaMicro

SeaMicro

February 28, 2011 08:01 ET

B-Roll/Video: SeaMicro Creating Manufacturing Jobs in US

Using Stimulus Grant, Server Company Is Working With California-Based NBS

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - February 28, 2011) - SeaMicro®, the pioneer of low power server technology, today announced that it is manufacturing its innovative SM10000™ servers exclusively in the US, marking itself as the only server vendor to do so. All other server vendors -- including Dell, HP and IBM -- manufacture their systems primarily outside of the US to cut costs and increase margins. Since first announcing its breakthrough server -- the industry's highest density, lowest power x86 server -- SeaMicro has begun working with Silicon Valley-based NBS, who is manufacturing its SM10000 servers exclusively in the US.

SeaMicro, who received a $9.3 million stimulus grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act enacted by President Obama, has used its funds to help create 40 engineering jobs at SeaMicro's Santa Clara, Calif. headquarters as well as 25 manufacturing jobs at NBS, also based in Santa Clara. Both companies are currently hiring to keep up with demand.

"Making the decision to manufacture locally was an easy one. On a business level, it reduces the time it takes to get a system deployed at our customers' site and dramatically improves our flexibility. We keep in close contact with NBS, who is just down the street from our office," says John Turk, Vice President of Operations at SeaMicro. "We also value creating American jobs, given that our stimulus grant is funded by American taxpayers. We strive to justify the investment through job creation and technical innovation." 

"We work with an array of locally based, innovative companies, but we are excited to work with SeaMicro because of their unique potential," says Michael Maslana, President and CEO, NBS. "We have staffed up to meet the high demand for their systems and expect to see the momentum continue."

The SM10000 is a total rethink of traditional servers, which are the computers that are used to power the internet, businesses and governments around the world. In the US alone, data centers -- which are the buildings that house these servers -- use an estimated 2.5 percent of the total energy produced, and that number is growing. SeaMicro developed a new server design that uses one-quarter the power and one-quarter the space of traditional servers from Dell and others, without the need for any software changes. 

The SM10000 integrates 512 Intel® Atom™ processors -- the chips typically used for netbooks and PDAs -- with Ethernet switching, server management and application load-balancing to create a "plug and play" standards-based server that dramatically reduces power and space. The key benefits of the SM10000 include:

  • using one-quarter of the power and taking one-quarter of the space to do the same work as the best-in-class volume server,
  • industry leading density: 2,048 central processing units (CPUs) per standard rack,
  • drop-in adoption by running off-the-shelf OSs and applications without change,
  • flexible architecture that can support any CPU,
  • just 10 rack units tall (17.5 inches).

For more information on SeaMicro or the SM10000, please visit www.seamicro.com.

High-definition B-roll, video and still images are available. A video companion piece is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6vb8TWPbYE.

About SeaMicro
SeaMicro is transforming the data center by building servers that draw one-quarter the power and take one-quarter the space of traditional servers. By delivering breakthrough innovations borne of multiple technology domains -- CPU design, virtualization, supercomputing and networking -- SeaMicro has created a new server architecture purpose-built for scale out infrastructures such as those found in the web-tier, online gaming, search and index computation.

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