Equus Compute Solutions Launches WHITEBOX OPEN Open-hardware Platform Offering Server and Storage Solutions

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New WHITEBOX OPEN server platform is an ideal storage solution for network and service providers in content delivery, cloud services and software-defined storage, virtualization and analytics/AI. The WBO server uses OpenBMC, an open-source implementation which supports coreboot and LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for fast boot experience. The WBO servers incorporate OCP-inspired hardware with OCP slots accommodating multi-vendor network cards having up to 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs. OCP networking removes the need for a separate 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network by enabling WBO servers to use NC-SI in-band network management communication.


Original Press Release:

Equus Compute Solutions Announces Release of WHITEBOX OPEN™ Server Platforms

Open-hardware solutions provide freedom of choice

Edina, MN (PRWEB) June 19, 2018

Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ family of servers and storage solutions that are custom, cost-optimized open-hardware platforms. With WHITEBOX OPEN, Equus enables its customers to choose the server and storage configurations that exactly meet their needs, while reducing costs and using flexible open systems management. The WHITEBOX OPEN platforms are ideal for content delivery network service providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value added resellers (VARs), and large IT enterprises.

The unique WHITEBOX OPEN (WBO) features that enable the open-hardware capabilities of these servers include:

  • All WBO servers use OpenBMC, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in.
  • WBO servers support the use of coreboot and LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS to create unique features, to improve security, and provide a lightning fast boot experience.
  • OCP-inspired hardware features are incorporated in WBO servers, including OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor network cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs. The internal OCP storage slots also support NVMe and SSDs for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.
  • Utilizing OCP networking enables WBO servers to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces rack cabling complexity.

The initial nine WHITEBOX OPEN platforms that use dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs range from the R1560 1U 4 bay server to the M2660 2U 4 Node server to the D2760 2U 24 bay with an optional 4 rear 2.5” hot-swap bays and 4 2.5” internal bays. Each of the WBO server platforms can be customized to exact end-user specifications. GPU-based versions of WBO servers will be available soon.

“Our customers have been asking for cost-optimized open-hardware platforms as the foundation of their software-defined infrastructures,” said Costa Hasapopoulos, President of Equus Compute Solutions. “WHITEBOX OPEN servers are the ideal high performance solution for demanding applications such as Content Delivery, Cloud Services, Software Defined Storage, Virtualization, and Analytics/AI. At the same time, these innovative platforms provide benefits of scale and volume, component standardization, ease of service logistics, and the means to avoid vendor lock-in.”

More information about Equus Compute Solutions and the WHITEBOX OPEN family of server platforms is available at https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/.

About Us

Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 29 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to use open-hardware to enable your software-defined world at www.equuscs.com.

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