As a result, a solution that featured a 100,000 SPECint_rate performance using the SM10000 server at 50 percent utilization would require 80 systems on 20 racks consuming 81 KWh of power, Feldman said. The same level of performance using Dell R610 rack mount servers would require 2,000 systems on 80 racks consuming a total of 356 KWh of power, he said. That would result in a savings of over $1.6 million over four years, he said.
However, the average industry utilization, when customers provision their server infrastructure for peak loads, is 17 percent to 18 percent, Feldman said.
"At that level, with SeaMicro, you could save $4.5 million over four years in power costs alone," he said. "But when you add power and data center floor space, you could save over $15 million over four years."
The SM10000 server also supports up to 64 SATA or SSD storage drives per 10U chassis. For Internet connectivity, it can be configured with up to 8 Ethernet connectors, each of which can come with eight Gbit Ethernet or two 10-Gbit Ethernet ports, Feldman said.
The SM10000 is currently available in limited quantities and will be generally available on July 30, Feldman said.
List price for the server starts at $139,000, which includes 512 Atom processors, the chassis, and eight Gbit Ethernet ports.
SeaMicro is also designing models for other processors, a process tat involves only replacing the Atom with another model. However, Feldman declined to discuss product roadmaps.
Sales in Japan and Europe will go through indirect channels only, while U.S. sales will initially be mainly direct and via a few select solution providers, Feldman said.
"We are using a hybrid channel model in the U.S. because, at the beginning of the company, it's important to get our own guys out with the customers to understand their requirements," he said. "We're actively interviewing and recruiting VARs who can work with innovative technology."