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An Intel division responsible for designing and planning out server-grade systems is the latest victim on CEO Pat Gelsinger's chopping block. This week the x86 giant confirmed it is shuttering its Data Center Solutions Group (DSG) and will sell the rights to its blueprints to computer maker MiTAC. This group produces server …

  1. rcxb Silver badge

    The end of Intel white box servers?

    I've had more than my fair share of experience with white box Intel servers. Can't say I'll miss them... they were always so generic that you didn't know exactly what you were getting. Long random string for a model number. Knew you'd get a halfway decent model of every chip needed, but hard to be specific. No integration to speak of, just the plainest vanilla EVERYTHING.

    I can hope that their demise will mean vendors will have to switch to re-branding to much better integrated system from well-known server makers, but there's also the real possibility they'll switch to even more lackluster products from completely generic white box server manufacturers who will throw completely random parts/chipsets in each one.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: The end of Intel white box servers?

      Sad to see them go personally, and their "vanillaness" was a feature not a bug for some of us, still I respect your position. I for one was always relieved to work with them in smaller deployments. No half assed java based mangement tools that only ran on IE 6. No bizarre screwdrivers needed. No cheapskate nonsense like saving the motherboard BIOS settings to a hard drive instead of flash.

      And all of the drivers tended to just work out of the box. Extra points for that as some of my clients stretched them for years and you could usually just upgrade the OS to latest version without sweating vendor support windows.

      Happy to keep buying them from someone it Taiwan as long as they play nice. It's been a great way to cut out a ton of graft from the major server vendors over the years. "oh you want an all flash storage box, let me tell you about our $8000 ssds..." I have shaved ten grand off server builds and ended up with a better solution at the end(money for cold spares on the shelf, not after 24 hrs of arguing with support to dispatch a tech with the wrong parts 4 hrs later. Stuff like that.

      That said I can understand that missmatched guts could trip someone up depending on their use case. So if you have a good relationship with your rep and need matching hardware and firmware for the entire server farm, you may find better options elsewhere. Also the vmware HCL is the devil, and I never want to have to "fix" an unvalidated server config ever again. Dell can just take my money for that one, please.

    2. NeilPost Silver badge

      Re: The end of Intel white box servers?

      Isn’t that pretty much the point of reference design ??

  2. Roo

    Doesn't bode well for INTEL over the long term.

    This is a bit of a shot in the foot from Intel. They'll save bugger all cash and in return they'll lose all that in-house expertise on how their chips are actually used, and all the feedback those guys would have had to help make their chips better and easier to utilize. They've cartwheeled down the shark's gullet in this instance.

  3. Hiya

    Remember Nokia....

    ... now we have the slow and grinding demise of Intel. Cant happen soon enough!

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