Server maker Tyan has become the first vendor other than IBM to unveil a commercial system based on the Power processor architecture as part of the OpenPower initiative started by IBM in 2013.
Taiwan-based Tyan, part of the Mitac group of companies, announced its OpenPower customer reference system, stating that it will enable customers to deploy software based on the OpenPower architecture tailored to their individual requirements.
"As the first commercialised customer reference system provided from an official member from the OpenPower ecosystem, the Tyan GN70-BP010 is based on the Power8 Architecture and follows the OpenPower Foundation's design concept," said Albert Mu, vice president of Mitac's Tyan business unit.
Available from the end of October, the Tyan GN70-BP010 is a 2U rack-mount system based on a single Power8 processor, with four slots for DDR3 memory Dimms, up to eight 2.5in or 3.5in hot-swap drives, twin Gigabit Ethernet ports and two PCI Express slots, one x8 and one x16.
IBM itself launched new Power8 systems this week, comprising the Power S824L server aimed at big data and analytics workloads, plus the Power E870 and Power E880 Enterprise Systems that are able to scale up to 192 Power8 cores and 16TB of memory.
Also this week, Linux firm Suse and database developer MariaDB announced their continued support for the Power architecture, and said they are partnering to develop a version of the MariaDB Enterprise MySQL database optimised for the Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12 platform running on Power8 servers.
The OpenPower Foundation was started by IBM in 2013 as part of an initiative to drive development of the Power architecture for enterprise-grade computing in the data centre.
The move puts IBM and its partners against the weight of the x86 server ecosystem spearheaded by Intel, but IBM contends that its architecture is better suited to the kind of scale-out server applications that enterprise customers are increasingly running.
The Tyan GN70-BP010 is currently listed on Tyan's website at a price of $2,753 (£1,710) with 4GB of memory and a single 500GB 3.5in hard drive.
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