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GIGABYTE Announces Official Release of Production-Ready Cavium ThunderX®-based Servers

Collaboration brings the world's most powerful 64-bit ARM® based servers to market to address increasingly demanding application and workload requirements

2016/07/19
SHANGHAI, China, July 19, 2016 – GIGABYTE Technology (TWSE: 2376), a leading manufacturer of motherboards and barebones for server applications, and Cavium Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, cloud, and data center, today announced 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 announced the release of 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 honor 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 centers. It is optimized for key Data Center workloads including compute, security, storage, and distributed databases. GIGABYTE ThunderX servers deliver comparable performance at a more compelling TCO than traditional x86 server systems.

Key GIGABYTE ThunderX server features:
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:
  • Adoption of the first dual-socket ARM SoC architecture that scales up to 48 cores per processor with up to 2.0 GHz core frequency
  • The highest integrated I/O capability with up to 160Gb of I/O bandwidth
  • Four DDR4 72 bit memory controllers capable of supporting up to 1TB of memory in a dual socket configuration at 2133MHz
  • Best in class performance per watt and performance per dollar for storage and compute applications
  • A comprehensive range of designs, from cost-focused entry level solutions to high density storage and compute focused platforms
 
"GIGABYTE has developed and is already shipping a range of Cavium ThunderX based server products to customers in US, Europe and Asia," said 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:
 
ARM:
"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,” said Lakshmi Mandyam, Senior Marketing Director of Server Programs, 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 center application and workload diversity.”
 
CAVIUM:
“The ARM server market is beginning to expand and grow and mature” said 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 centers.”
 
Red Hat:
"Red Hat1 has been collaborating with GIGABYTE for quite some time via the Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program, as they worked to develop systems based on Cavium's ThunderX processor family," said 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:
“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,” said Samson Chang, Vice President, Embedded DRAM division of Innodisk.
  
SUSE
“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,” said 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.”
 
QLogic:
“The advent of data center-class ARM processors provide end users options to tailor hardware to suit specific workloads,” said 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.”
 
About GIGABYTE
GIGABYTE, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a global brand in the IT industry, with employees and business channels in almost every country. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world's motherboard and graphics card markets.
On top of motherboards and graphics cards, GIGABYTE has become a leading producer of server hardware. Taking advantage of many years of know-how in motherboard design and manufacturing, GIGABYTE uses the most reliable components and aims for the highest quality standards only. This focus on excellence has allowed the company to work successfully with the biggest names in the server industry over the years, fueling its dedication to keep creating innovative server solutions for the future.

GIGABYTE Contact
Stuart Coyle
Marketing Communications
Telephone: +886-2-8912-4000
Email:  stuart.coyle@gigabyte.com
 
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