Santa Clara, Calif. - Intel Corp.'s new server building blocks comply with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) version 1.5 to accommodate remote management features.
The building blocks, which include boards, chassis, controllers and others, can perform LAN-based remote server management in a standardized way. Compliance with the spec "gives the ability to manage servers remotely, power them on and off, update the BIOS and do routine diagnostics," said Kirk Skaugen, GM of Intel's Enterprise Platform and Services Division.
Such capabilities are said to be key for resellers that provide diagnostics and maintenance services to end users.
IPMI 1.5 has been adopted by more than 90 companies and is being promoted by HP, Dell, Intel and others.
Motherboards among the new building-block line are endowed with more than 240 components, including dedicated processors that exclusively serve the management function. Intel engineers say that those components eliminate the need for installation of separate remote management cards, which can often cost $500 to $600.
Intel's SCB2 server board and SR1200 and SR2200 server chassis are optimized for high-density rack-mount server environments. The SCB2 can be integrated into OEM servers for such Internet applications as clustered databases, firewalls, streaming media and e-mail. The line is built around the Pentium III.
The SDS2 and SAI2 server boards and the SC5100 server chassis are also based on the Pentium III. The SDS2 targets small to midsized workgroup environments using e-mail, Web and database servers. The SA12 is aimed at small-business applications.
The S815BM1 server board targets businesses' Web hosting, firewall and domain name systems requirements.
Additional products in the building-block set include the IPMI 1.5 server management stack implementation via Intel Server Management version 3.5, as well as the SRCMR and SRCU32 RAID controllers and the Intel PRO/1000 XT server adapter.
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