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 suited 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 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 in. hot-swap bays and 4 2.5 in. internal bays. Each of the WBO server platforms can be customized to exact enduser specifications. GPU-based versions of WBO servers will be available soon.