Sky delivers barebones servers

Sky Electronics is introducing a range of AMD based, barebones servers to the region. The units come with a chassis, motherboard and power supply unit and users are then free to select the remaining components themselves.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  March 12, 2003

Sky Electronics is introducing a range of AMD based, barebones servers to the Middle East. The units come with a chassis, motherboard and power supply unit and users are then free to select the remaining components, such as the hard drive, memory and operating system, themselves.

“We are bringing a range of barebones servers to the Middle East that are based on the AMD chipset. This means that we will be building the machines without a memory or hard drive and not pre-installing software. This provides our customers with a flexible option as it allows them to choose what they want to go into the server,” explains Manoj Kisani, director, Sky Electronics.

The units will initially be targeted at the local small-to-medium sized business (SMB) sector. Kisani says this focus is more to do with Sky’s existing customer base than the specs of the machine, which he believes will also be capable of serving the high end market.

“To being with, we are talking to the SMB space, which will buy the servers and deploy them as communications servers, database servers and data processing servers. Then we will see a growth into the higher end of the market,” predicts Kisani.

“We will be able to successfully drive these barebones servers into the high end space because the are not only flexible, but based on the AMD chipset. This means it [the server] has the high performance for heavy data users, which will help attract the larger enterprises to the product,” he adds.

The benefits of buying a barebones system stem from the customers ability to purchase something that truly addresses their needs, rather than having to compromise at the component level.

“If we have customers who want a specific configuration then we can deliver to order and meet their needs. For example, they may want a specific hard drive or specific operating system,” comments Kisani.

Furthermore, the ability to swap components in and out of the boxes should help Sky’s customers scale their hardware more effectively and better manage upgrades and product roadmaps.

“Barebones allows a user to move forward independently and upgrade the parts they need to, rather than having to go back to a vendor and buy a completely new machine. This helps reduce [upgrade] costs and makes the computing environment more scalable,” states Kisani.

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