24 years ago in 1989 Compaq released the first dual processor, RAID Intel 486 Server.
At its initial release in November 1989, the SystemPro supported up to two 33 MHz 386 processors, but early in 1990 33 MHz 486 processors became an option (the processors were housed on proprietarydaughterboards).
The SystemPro, along with the simultaneously released Compaq Deskpro 486, was one of the first two commercially available computer systems containing the new EISA bus. The SystemPro was also one of the first PC-style systems specifically designed as a network server, and as such was built from the ground up to take full advantage of the EISA bus. It included such features as multiprocessing (the original systems were asymmetric-only), hardware RAID, and bus-mastering network cards. All models of SystemPro used a full-height tower configuration, with eight internal hard drive bays.
Over the past 24 years the data center has seen a steady growth of dual processor servers.
Yesterday Intel announced a re-architecting of the datacenter.
And the future is not dual processor servers to deliver compute, I/O and memory. The Pooled compute, Pooled Memory, Pooled I/O looks like a mainframe.
Most media is focusing on new processors announced. That is the old world of thinking.
Intel makes the point of going from proprietary to standards with supercomputers.
And a diversity of workloads. The high cpu, memory, I/O was the realm of supercomputers and mainframes.
Intel is also driving innovation at the low end, but these are not the systems to run the high resource workloads.
Traditional servers are also evolving. To meet the diverse needs of datacenter operators who deploy everything from compute intensive database applications to consumer facing Web services that benefit from smaller, more energy-efficient processing, Intel outlined its plan to optimize workloads, including customized CPU and SoC configurations.