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Supermicro is one of the leading providers of server solutions, barebones servers, and custom servers at OEM and ODM levels. Supermicro’s award-winning rackmount enclosures offer a high degree of scalability and advantages such as Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 support, front access DRAM slots for unsurpassed memory performance, front panel USB 3.0 support with two internal USB ports on the rear.

Supermicro products include blade servers, rack servers, tower servers, storage systems, and embedded appliance solutions from small businesses to large enterprises worldwide.

Supermicro products are distributed by a network of resellers and represent SuperMicro’s commitment to providing our customers with the best technical support, service, and value in the industry. Supermicro’s award-winning and high-efficiency products suit various applications and workloads, including virtualization, cloud computing, high bandwidth trading, web infrastructure, big data analytics, and more.

Supermicro was founded in 1993 by Charles Liang in Taipei, Taiwan. The company started making motherboards for international Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) who could not find cost-effective manufacturing in Taiwan. To differentiate Supermicro from other motherboard manufacturers in Asia, Supermicro moved into building servers based on Intel®’s microprocessor chipsets to handle the increasing number of server workloads such as internet protocol (IP) video streaming between 2003 and 2006.

In 2005, Supermicro released its first line of high-performance server storage products. Such products included RAID, storage arrays, and storage enclosures that fulfilled different needs of the enterprise. Supermicro’s server storage solutions are designed to address data center performance and reliability needs and meet strict energy efficiency standards. 

Supermicro’s initial expansion into servers was met with a lot of skepticism from the market because Intel-based servers were well established. In 2006, AMD released its first low-power x86 processor – the Opteron™ family to compete with Intel®’s Xeon® X5550 processor chipsets. At the time, the x86 Super Computing market was dominated by two players: IBM’s x86-based technology and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processors. 

Due to insufficient support from software vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP/R3, Supermicro’s venture into creating a new class of servers based on AMD’s Opteron processor did not take off immediately. 

In 2009, with the introduction of Windows Server 2008 R2 and 64-bit Linux Kernel 2.6.30 kernel series, which enabled larger memory capacity for the Opteron processor family, a new opportunity for consolidation in HPC opened up for alternative solutions based on AMD’s Opteron processors. 

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Linux 2.6.32 series enabled larger memory capacity for the Opteron processor family and helped Supermicro to develop a new class of servers based on AMD’s Opteron processor. 

In 2012, Supermicro released its first AMD Opteron-based server with a Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F system board, supporting up to 32 DDR3 RDIMM or 16 DDR3 UDIMM memory slots that support dual-channel mode with six 4GB/s bandwidth channels. 

With the release of Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F, Supermicro transitioned from being a motherboard manufacturer to a provider of server solutions, including motherboards, processor boards, chassis, storage, and power supplies. 

In 2015, Supermicro introduced its first retail socket 2011-3 based server that supported up to eight memory slots with eight memory channels. 

SuperMicro is an official distributor for AMD Opteron processors and is currently one of the largest independent suppliers of servers based on AMD’s Opteron processor. In 2017, Supermicro projected annual revenue from sales of AMD Opteron-powered servers to become approximately USD 1 billion.

In 2018, Supermicro will release two new AMD Opteron server products – the entry-level single socket 32-bit AMD Opteron processor-based server based on X10SDV-1C+ board and the dual-socket 64-bit AMD Opteron processor-based server with X10SDV-2C+ board. 

The Supermicro X10SDV also acts as a platform that supports other top Intel® Xeon® processors, such as the E5-2600 v3 family of processors, providing high-end computing performance to users around the world. Supermicro’s external GPU (eGPU) solution is designed for system integrators looking for an advanced workstation.

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