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Tyan Launches OpenPOWER-Based Reference System

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Tyan on Wednesday introduced the GN70-BP010, an OpenPOWER Customer Reference System that will be made available to customers by the end of October. This reference system is based on the POWER 8 architecture and allows users to provide tailored applications that are based on the OpenPOWER ecosystem.

The customer reference system has a 19 inch rack-mountable 2U form factor that plays host to an IBM POWER 8 Turismo SCM processor, according to the company. Other ingredients include four 240-pin DDR3 1600/1333 MHz with ECC DIMM slots, four SATA 3 (6 Gbps) ports, and a 770 watt 80-plus gold power supply.

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This platform also includes one PCIe Gen3 x16 slot, one PCIe Gen3 x8 slot, two GbE ports, and four 6 cm hot-swap fans. On the rear I/O panel are two GbE RJ45 ports, one stacked dual-port USB 3 section, one stacked COM port and VGA port section, and an ID LED button. This platform can host up to four hot-swappable 2.5/3.5 inch hard drives.

"Tyan's OpenPOWER Customer Reference System provides another opportunity for users to run their applications in a way of cost effective and flexible way," the press release said. "It is an innovative and collaborative hardware solution for IT experts who are looking for a more open, flexible, customized, and intelligent IT deployment."Tyan Palmetto System: GN70-BP010. Image courtesy of Tyan.Tyan Palmetto System: GN70-BP010. Image courtesy of Tyan.News of the upcoming customer reference system arrives after IBM introduced last week its new Power S824L servers that are based on the OpenPOWER stack and the POWER 8 processor. The company revealed that these servers can handle data-intensive tasks while offloading big data workloads to GPU accelerators.

Prior to that, IBM and Lenovo announced on October 1 that the agreement to acquire IBM x86 server division is closer to completion. Lenovo purchased the NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers, x86-based Flex integrated systems, System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches. Also included in the acquisition was the associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations.

On the IBM front, the company retained its PureApplication and PureData appliances, Power-based Flex servers, its System z mainframes, Power Systems and Storage Systems. Lenovo indicated that it would serve as OEM to IBM to resell select products from IBM's storage and software portfolio.

As for the Tyan OpenPOWER Customer Reference System with IBM's POWER 8 processor, the company will be selling this platform for $2,753 later this month.

UPDATE: A Tyan representative told Tom's IT Pro that up to 64 GB of system memory can be supported on Palmetto reference platform. But in order to shorten the system boot up period, four 4 GB DDR3 DIMMs are pre-installed.