Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
AMD Opteron, Data Center
I just got the list of AMD partners for its newest x86 Opteron chip, and it leaves out some major players, for now.
The list includes HP, Dell, Gateway (Acer), Cray, Microtech/Atipa, Appro, Asus, Colfax, SGI, Supermicro, TYAN, ZT Systems, Penguin and Microway. Notably absent are IBM, Oracle/Sun and Cisco. An AMD spokesman said he couldn’t confirm that these would be the only partners offering “Magny Cours”-based servers, but they were the only ones who issues releases demonstrating their support on Monday.
IBM does offer some AMD-based servers, such as the System x3755 based on the six-core AMD Opteron. So it will be interesting to see if IBM will offer anything based on Magny Cours. Sun had a line of AMD servers as well, so we’ll see if Oracle carries that tradition. As for Cisco, who knows. Its first line of Unified Computing Systems (UCS) servers were Intel-based only, and when I recently asked someone at Cisco about it, they said they couldn’t comment on future products.