Acer Refreshes Servers, Adds Support for Intel Xeon E5 Processors

By Vangie Beal (Send Email)
Posted March 9, 2012


Acer has refreshed its server line with updated specifications to support the latest Intel Xeon processors E5 family and has also expanded its business portfolio and management tools to provide greater flexibility in modern data centers.

Acer F2 ServerThe new product designs feature Intel's latest line up of Intel Xeon processor E5 family of CPUs and up to 8 cores per CPU. The F2 generation -- the Acer AR380, AR360 and AR350 -- also provides greater expandability and more robust specifications built into every platform. Hardware-aside, the F2 generation will improve on operating system support to include mainstream and open source platforms, and its management tools are enhanced to improve IT's ease of use.

"The new F2 line of server products represents our continuous strive to provide even more robust solutions for the modern business, enterprise and data center," said Evis Lin, AVP of Enterprise Product Business Unit at Acer. "After revamping Acer's server commercial-line of enterprise-class products in 2009, we learned a great deal more about data center demands. Today we are glad to tell our customers we hear you and we have answered."

This new generation of servers from Acer, available in the U.S. market by early Q2 2012, offers the same set of standard management tools - Smart Setup, Smart Console, Smart Server Manager and Smart Integration Pack - and enhances the toolset with such features as remote BIOS/firmware updates and power monitoring.

To ensure the F2 line is as at home in the data center as in a standard small or medium-sized business, Acer has also integrated a power management tool kit as an add-on expansion for its own Smart Server Manager. This optional feature enables enterprise and data center customers to run power capping commands across Acer servers via a uniform interface to ensure each machine is providing the most optimal power-performance needed for mission-critical applications.

Speaking on behalf of Intel, Boyd Davis, Vice President in the Intel Architecture Group and General Manager of the Data center Infrastructure Group of Intel Corporation, also remarked "We have been collaborating with Acer for a number of years. With their new F2 line of server products, Acer is leveraging the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family's leadership performance, energy efficiency, enhanced security features, and breakthrough I/O innovation to offer solutions that will appeal to a broad spectrum of customers, ranging from small-medium business to larger scale data center deployments."

Earlier this week HP and Hitachi also announced new server products based on the new Intel Xeon E5 chip.

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