Intel Previews 'Business in a Box'

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Intel has unveiled its Modular Server, a server and integrated storage on a single platform aimed at SMBs through the channel that company officials are calling "a business in a box."

The new server platform, which will begin shipping in December, is built using Intel's 45-nanometer 2P quad- and dual-core Xeon processors, code-named Harpertown and Wolfdale, respectively. Intel officials said the platform will be based on a new technology called Multi-Flex.

Officials said the product was conceived and defined through contact with customer segments served by the channel and is designed as a server that IT managers can easily use remotely.

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"This [is] for SMBs who are stretched pretty thin," said Jared Leavitt, Intel product manager for the Modular Server. "With that in mind, we wanted the IT administrator to stay home on weekends and leave at 5 p.m. every day. The product offers shared storage in the chassis and has virtualized storage capability."

While the product includes Intel's AMT (Active Management Technology) and out-of-band management, allowing IT to administer machines even if they have been shut down by users, Leavitt said administrators don't need to be experts in storage or other areas.

The product is coming out of Intel's Channel Platforms Group, a worldwide organization based in Shanghai, China, and charged with creating products for distribution partners.

The Modular Server will be available as a rack-mountable blade or stand-alone pedestal. Intel officials said it will also be available for office environments.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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