Tyan Announces Support for Enhanced OpteronApril 28, 2009
Remember our “reveal” of the Tyan S2935-SI back in January as a potential HT3-capable replacement for the GT28 dual-node systems? Well, it’s still not ready, but Tyan has announced 18 motherboard and system updates that “support the enhanced Opteron with HT-3 technology” that are shipping now.
“TYAN has launched 9 new motherboards that support the AMD HyperTransport 3.0 technology that targets various appliances. For scalable and flexible 2-way motherboard solutions, TYAN’s S2912-E, S2915-E, S2927-E, S2932-SI, S2937 and S3992-E are perfect platforms to meet current and future IT server and workstation requirements. TYAN’s S4985-SI, S4989-SI and S4992 motherboards are 4-way solutions that are exceptionally proficient in high density and high performance IT infrastructures.”
We’ve included the table of motherboard and barebones systems affected by the update. Those in blue italics are also part of Tyan’s VMware Ready Certified platform. While these platforms have been user HCL for some time, the elevation to “Certified” status is recognition of the reliability and performance these systems have rendered over the years. It is good news indeed to see their value extended with motherboard and barebones refreshes.
These systems, which SOLORI has been recommending for low-cost VMware Eco-systems for some time, are part of Tyan’s aggressive VMware strategy:
“As a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, TYAN is aggressively utilizing VMware virtualization software technology in TYAN hardware platforms. The nine servers that have recently passed VMware Ready certification for VMware ESX 3.5 and VMware ESX 3.5i include TA26-B2932-E, TA26-B3992-E, TA26-B5397, TX46-B4985-E, VX50-B4985-8P-E, S4985-E, S3992-E, S5397 and S2932-E. VMware System Builder program members can claim equivalency for these systems via the VMware System Builder site at http://www.vmware.com/partners/vip/system-builders/ “
Most of these systems offer 16-socket+ DIMM configurations (8-DIMM/CPU) enabling up to 64GB/CPU with DDR3/533 support. In order to run DDR2/800 memory, only half of the available slots can be filled (4-DIMM/CPU) allowing for 16GB/CPU of DDR2/800 (4x4GB REG ECC DDR2/800, about 2GB/second increase in bandwidth over DDR2/533 according to benchmarks).