Follow-up Order IBM Zurich
IBM Research Zurich also indicated that it intends to place a follow-up order in the context of the further development of a Micro Data Centre and therefore order another thirty to fourty Microservers. These will then be used to demonstrate a first prototype of a Micro Data Center. IBM has therefore signed a letter of intent at the Hannover Messe.
Microservers and Micro Data Centres are within DOME one of the spearheads of technological developments and therefore several parties have a User Platform Collaboration Agreement with ASTRON and IBM. Among the parties are: the University of Oxford, Philips, Eindhoven University of Technology, Sensor City. Further development with good test results will most likely lead to further development of the Microserver and the concept of the Micro Data Center.
“I like to call it a datacenter in a box,” said Ronald Luijten, data motion architect at IBM Research – Zurich. “With the combination of power and energy efficiency, we believe the technology will be of interest beyond DOME, particularly for cloud data centers, Big Data analytics applications and Cognitive Internet of Things.”
The first Microservers will be manufactured by Variass and will be ready this summer. “The Microserver is an example of innovation to the edge by miniaturization and combination of the various components” said Henk Smid, Managing Director Variass.
Fig 2. This is where the Microserver soon will be produced by Variass.
To test and demonstrate the potential of the Microserver, the first Microservers were handed out to third party companies last November. They are testing the Microserver for applications beyond radio astronomy.