Rackable Systems Introduces Its Most Versatile Server To Date

Rackable Systems, Inc., a leading provider of servers and storage products for large-scale data centers, today announced the availability of the C2005 server, which is designed for greater flexibility and configurability. The innovative C2005 couples the company’s popular half-depth design and highly-efficient power supplies with a large variety of Intel and AMD-based board options, low-voltage processors and low-power hard drives (including Solid-State Disks) for what is believed to be one of the most versatile server platforms in the industry.

In addition to being highly configurable, the C2005 provides one of the industry’s most feature-rich x86 server designs to date. Equivalent to an industry-standard 1U rackmount server in density, the C2005’s modular design enables build-to-order, Eco-Logical™ configurations featuring a wide variety of local storage capabilities and the ability to support up to five expansion slots – unheard of at this density level. Such expansion capabilities are well suited for enterprise configurations such as database and application servers that frequently require expansion cards such as RAID controllers, 10 Gigabit Ethernet NICs, InfiniBand HCAs or fibre-channel HBAs.

“The C2005 greatly increases the value of our build-to-order value proposition by delivering an unparalleled level of flexibility,” said Geoffrey Noer, vice president of product management at Rackable Systems. “Building on the success of our most popular 2U half-depth rack-mount server, the new C2005’s best-in-class configurability and attractive feature set make it an ideal solution for Internet, Enterprise and HPC customers.”

As the hard drive industry makes its transition towards the 2.5” Small Form Factor for Enterprise 15K SAS and solid-state (SSD) drives, the C2005 server enables customers to choose between 2.5” models, 3.5” models or a mix of both. The C2005 has two modular areas that can be customized, altering the feature set of the server. The management LCD can be swung forward, exposing a bay that can be populated with a single 3.5” hot-swap hard drive or pair of 2.5” hot-swap hard drives. The second modular area determines the choice of:

  • Four 3.5-inch drives and one expansion slot
  • Four 2.5-inch drives and three 3.5-inch drives and one expansion slot
  • Eight 2.5-inch drives and five low-profile expansion slots
  • Two 3.5-inch drives and five low-profile expansion slots

In all, by populating both modular areas with drives, it is possible to attain a total of five 3.5” or ten 2.5” hot-swap drives. This translates to an exceptional local storage capability for customers.

“With adoption of solid-state technology aggressively expanding, we are working closely with innovative vendors like Rackable Systems that can provide highly-configurable and compatible server and storage products,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel Corporation. “When you combine Rackable Systems’ C2005 Eco-Logical server with Intel’s low-voltage processors and low-power solid-state drives, you get a highly-versatile platform that will meet even the most varied and demanding customer requirements.”

The C2005 server’s flexibility enables highly Eco-Logical configurations. Rackable Systems’ high efficiency AC and DC power supplies with up to 96.5 percent efficiency[1], low-power processors and low-voltage memory all help make the C2005 one of the most Eco-Logical designs to date. Availability of solid-state drive technology takes this one step further, reducing hard drive power consumption by up to 80 percent, while increasing IOPS by a factor of 20X to 50X.


The C2005 is immediately available, both for traditional data centers and as part of the company’s award-winning ICE Cube™ modular data center. For information about specific configurations and pricing, please visit Rackable Systems at http://www.rackable.com/products.

About Rackable Systems
Rackable Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: RACK) is a leading provider of Eco-Logical™ servers and storage for large-scale data center deployments. The company’s products are designed to provide benefits in the areas of density, thermal efficiency, serviceability, power distribution, data center mobility and remote management. Founded in 1999 and based in Fremont, California, Rackable Systems is a founding member of The Green Grid and serves Internet, enterprise software, federal government, entertainment, financial services, oil and gas exploration and HPC customers worldwide.

To learn more about Rackable Systems, visit www.rackable.com.

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