- Dabei seit
- Jan. 2011
Advanced Micro Devices is acquiring Sea Micro today for $334 million, including $281 million in cash. Sea Micro has been disruptive because it can pack a lot of computing power in a server rack that is about a sixth of the usual size. Its servers use a quarter of the usual electricity and cost a lot less.
The servers used Intel’s Atom microprocessors, which are targeted at energy efficient devices such as tablet computers. But AMD’s move will now prove disruptive, at least to Intel, which presumably will lose some of its business.
The advantage of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based SeaMicro’s small and power efficient computers is that enterprises can now shove a lot more computing power into a given amount of space and use a lot less electrical power, thereby cutting costs such as electricity bills dramatically. That matters because electricity costs are the biggest part of the budget for operating data centers.
AMD to Acquire SeaMicro: Accelerates Disruptive Server Strategy
— SeaMicro’s Low-Power, High-Bandwidth Microserver Solutions Set the Stage for AMD’s Disruptive Approach To Lead Fast-Growing Cloud Data Center Market
AMD’s server technology combined with SeaMicro technology provides customers with a range of processor choices and platforms that can help significantly reduce data center complexity, cost and energy consumption while improving performance. AMD plans to offer the first AMD Opteron™ processor-based solutions that combine AMD and SeaMicro technology in the second half of 2012.
“SeaMicro is a pioneer in low-power server technology. The unmatched combination of AMD’s processing capabilities, SeaMicro’s system and fabric technology, and our ambidextrous technology approach uniquely positions AMD with a compelling, differentiated position to attack the fastest growing segment of the server market.”
Falsch machen kann man mit diesem Erwerb wohl nichts. Der derzeitige Seamicro-Chef wird z.B. in der NY Times mit den Worten zitiert, dass das Cloud-Segment "durch die Decke gehen würde" und nur fünf bis sechs Jahre alte Web-Firmen pro Jahr Server im Wert von mehreren 100 Millionen US-Dollar kaufen würden - so etwas hätte es bisher noch nicht gegeben.