Supermicro has a new FatTwin

IDF 2012: Flexible, modular, and not a sibling

Supermicro LogoSupermicro has a new chassis out called the F617R2-F, also known as the FatTwin 2. This is a 4U rack mount server with three, for now, different modules you can plug in to it.

The one pictured below is the eight node box featuring eight half width 1U Romley servers. There are also four and two node versions being two and four nodes in height for those that need full sized PCIe slots or more storage. You can mix and match modules too, it is a fairly flexible rig.

Supermicro FatTwin 2 server chassis

An eight module FatTwin 2

The idea is simple, small half-U Romley blades to go in to the volume server space. Each one is discrete, and the overall chassis shares nothing with the next module. No matter what size, they all have two Romley sockets for E5-2600 Xeons, only the PCIe slots, DIMM slots, and other things vary with the height. It isn’t exactly earth-shattering, but the old one was doing well enough for the concept to be given a refresh, so people are actually buying it.S|A

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