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Malfunctioning servers are more than a nuisance — they often result in upset customers, employees, and/or lost money. One of the most critical jobs of IT is to ensure that the servers are functioning properly and wonderfully and will continue to do so. IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) seeks to become the new standard for this task. Today, I’m going to go tell you about this marvelous technology which has enabled sys admins to remotely monitor their herd back at the server farm. And despite the variety of servers within their flock, they can effectively monitor all the beasts from a single interface. We will show its advantages over traditional diagnostic software and give a brief rundown of how it functions. I’ll also tell you a few of the drawbacks that this growing technology has.

Let’s begin.

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Inside the New Platform

In the previous article, we explored just how fast the i7 is and realized that it will not be a cheap upgrade. Today, we will see what Supermicro has brought to the table with its motherboard line-up for the i7.

To this day, there is only one chipset that supports the Core i7 processor (Intel x58), which Supermicro has introduced on eight new motherboards. In addition to the x58 chipset, the new boards will include an improved SATA Raid controller (Intel ICH10R) with at least six SATA ports. All boards will also share up to 24GB of DDR3 memory support and two Intel Gigabit LAN ports. Below, we discuss many of the other model-specific features that Supermicro brings us with this line.

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