AMD Open 3.0 Delivers Premium Server Performance at Half the Cost

AMD Open 3.0 Delivers Premium Server Performance at Half the Cost 
World's First Widely-Available Open Source Hardware Platform Delivers
Rack Compatibility, Open Systems Management and Matches Competitor
Performance at 57 Percent Less Cost 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/13/13 --  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today
announced availability of servers based on its AMD Open 3.0
specification, defined as part of the Open Compute Project,
delivering workload versatility and performance equal to competing
proprietary OEM servers at significantly lower cost. In comparison to
benchmarks running virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the AMD Open
3.0-based system supported just as many virtual desktops and reduced
total cost of ownership (TCO) by 57 percent: $4,589 versus $10,669
for just a single server. This cost effectiveness translates into a
dramatic reduction in cost per virtual desktop, from $91.19 to only
$38.24 per desktop. More details on the findings are available online
and will be discussed at a roundtable event tomorrow in New York City
and other select cities. The servers will be available through
distributor partners. 
"Global IT organizations have the difficult task of choosing between
price and performance when investing in servers," said Bob Ogrey,
cloud evangelist and fellow, AMD. "We don't believe organizations
have to compromise one for the other. Using systems based on the AMD
Open 3.0 specification -- the first open source, modular platform for
the masses -- enables high performance and energy efficiency at a
reasonable price, making it the best choice for organizations. 
In May 2012 AMD released the AMD Open specification, and in January
2013 demonstrated systems based on this specification for the first
time. Systems are now in full production and available through a
number of technology partners including Avnet Inc., Hyve, Penguin
Computing and ZT Systems. The system is part of AMD's work with the
Open Compute Project Foundation and demonstrates AMDs commitment to
open industry standards, delivering the right solutions for the right
problems. With the ideal combination of power, space and cost, this
tailored solution is the foundation for Open Compute Server 3.0. 
Powered by the high performance AMD Opteron(TM) 630
0 Series
processor, AMD Open 3.0 systems can be installed in all standard 19"
rack environments without modification, as well as in Open Rack
environments, and managed openly using standards such as Systems
Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) from the
Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF). The motherboard is 16" x
16.7" and designed to fit into 1U, 1.5U, 2U or 3U rack height
servers. It features two AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors, each
with 12 memory sockets, allowing up to 384GB of DDR3 DRAM (four
channels with three DIMMs each,) 6 Serial ATA (SATA) connections per
board, one dual channel gigabit Ethernet NIC with integrated
management, up to four PCI Express(R) expansion slots, one serial
port, two USB ports and a mezzanine connector for custom module
solutions such as the Mellanox I/O module or Broadcom management
module. Specific PCI Express card support is dependent on usage case
and chassis height. 
AMD Open 3.0 enables substantial flexibility, efficiency and
operating cost by simplifying motherboard design with a single base
product to address multiple enterprise workloads, including
high-performance computing, virtual desktop infrastructure, cloud,
infrastructure and storage. This innovative design is optimized to
eliminate features typically over-provisioned in traditional server
offerings. The platform is designed to easily enable IT professionals
to customize the server to meet specific workload requirements. Learn
more about AMD-based Open Compute here. 
AMD, along with Broadcom, Quanta and others, will host an
invitation-only customer and partner roundtable on May 14 in New York
City. Please email opencompute@amd.com if you are interested in
attending.  
Supporting Resources 


 
--  AMD Open 3.0 Web Site
--  AMD Open 3.0 Specification

  
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AMD Public Relations
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Marco Pena
Edelman for AMD 
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