Tyan introduces the first .2222U server

Updated:18 servers in a 4U box, no blades in sight

Tyan LogoTyan (TSE: 2315) has an interesting little not-a-blade-really micro-server called the FM65-B5511. It packs 18 servers into a 4U rack node, and a 1GbE or 10GbE switch module.

Updated: We were wrong about the memory, it is Unbuffered ECC.

Yes, there are 18 full machines here, sharing nothing other than power supplies, and those have 2 + 1 redundancy. Each node has a ‘next-generation Xeon’, so called because Intel’s naming scheme is so broken that even it’s execs can’t use it with a straight face, 32GB of unbuffered memory, 2 GbE ports, and 2 2.5″ HDs. The Ethernet switches are on top of the ports per module. It all looks like this.

TYAN FM65-B5511 server

Lots and lots of modules in a box

While this may sound good, there is one major problem, the chipset. Intel’s ‘next-generation Xeon’ is nothing more than a desktop Sandy Bridge chip with the price tag multiplied by an AMLOCT (Arbitrary Monopoly Lack Of Competition Tax). It isn’t really a server chip, it doesn’t even support ECC, (Update: It does support ECC, just not buffered ECC) but it hits several marketing checkboxes, so that wins. This may be fine for some customers, but I can’t see any serious deployments until Intel provides an actual server part in this space. That will be Q3.

Once that happens, Tyan looks to have a killer chassis on their hands, I can’t think of anything like it on the market that doesn’t have the ‘blade tax’. The FM65-B5511 is going to start a trend, by this time next year everyone will have something similar. For those that don’t need ECC, this is a great start, and that gap will be filled in soon enough.S|A

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