Intel unveils quad-core storage server

Press release, April 17; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES Asia 0

Intel announced its Storage Server SSR212MC2, a 2U, 12 drive, integrated quad-core storage server. Powered by the quad-core Intel Xeon 5300 processor series, the new rack mount server can be configured as a broad range of enterprise and small business storage solutions, including Network-Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Network (SAN) and application servers, according to Intel

The SSR212MC2 also comes with an option of including one or two dual-core Intel Xeon 5100 series processors, as well as a choice of enterprise-class Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) or high-capacity Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives.

SSR212MC2 uses Xyratex's 2U chassis, which delivers power, package and cooling technology.

The Intel SSR212MC2 will cost US$2,800 with no RAID controller and US$3,600 with Intel SRCSAS144e RAID controller and will be available from participating Intel channel partners in May.

Intel SSR212MC2 hardware specifications



Raw storage capacity

Expandable to 9.0TB - using twelve 750 GB (7.2k RPM) SATA drives

Expandable to 3.6TB - using twelve 300 GB (15k RPM) SAS drives

Data drive bays

12 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial ATA (SATA) Hot Pluggable


5100 series (dual core) Intel Xeon processor, 1066MHz FSB with 4MB of L2 cache

5300 series (quad core) Intel Xeon processor, up to 1333MHz FSB with 8MB of L2 cache

Memory capacity

8 slots, expandable to 32GB maximum

Memory type

Fully buffered DIMM technology (FBDIMM) memory. DDR2-533 and DDR2-677 FBDIMMs

DIMM slots

Eight 240-pin FBDIMM sockets

Sources: Intel, compiled by, April 2007