First impressions of Xi3’s 'microserver in a box' populating a data center container
3/29/2012 6:39 PM EDT
Xi3’s microserver seems to be ideal for LAN-SAN consolidation and colocation in the same RU by daisy-chaining one or more storage modules in the zero chassis. The drives can be powered either externally or with the USB 2.0 or 3.0 interconnect.
Figure 9. Addition of external storage using the zero module (bottom module, shown docking to Xi3’s modular computer).
Xi3’s design approach of making a modular computer that is ideal for many vertical markets with easy customization afforded by the replaceable Southbridge design (for custom interconnects, defense, aerospace, ruggedizing, etc.) and extending it to servers with multicore capability appears to be very promising. Its multicore server in higher density datacenter applications may carve out a new market for micro datacenters in today’s world, where mega datacenters are the trend. With higher data rate interconnect capability and faster multicore processor offering featured in Xi3’s roadmap, it appears to be poised to participate in the mega datacenter market as well.
MP Divakar is a technologist in the Silicon Valley, specializing in semiconductor backend, packaging, thermal management and test. In addition to juggling two startups, he manages to contribute at IEEE Communication and Power Electronics societies. He is also a regular commentator on EE Times.