Helping customers meet the computing demands of cloud native: Supermicro certifies Ampere-based MegaDC servers with Oracle Linux

July 17, 2023 | 2 minute read
Michele Resta
Product Management Senior Director, Alliances, Oracle
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Supermicro has tested and certified its MegaDC servers, ARS-110M-NR and ARS-210M-NR, based on the Ampere® Altra® family of processors, on Oracle Linux 8 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. These server certifications, including support for UEFI Secure Boot, are among the latest additions to the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Hardware Certification List (HCL). With the certifications, Oracle, Supermicro, and Ampere are collectively helping organizations meet the computing demands of today’s and tomorrow’s cloud native apps, services, and workloads.

Supermicro’s MegaDC line of servers features six platforms designed for specific workloads and form factors such as AI (4 GPU), database, edge, compute, streaming/VDI, and object storage. These workload-specific designs allow customers to minimize their hardware acquisition, maintenance, and operating costs, while optimizing performance per watt. All six platforms are planned to be certified on Oracle Linux within the next few months. 

“The Ampere-based Supermicro server certifications are valued additions to the Oracle Linux and Virtualization HCL. Arm servers are gaining traction in a wide range of data-intensive uses including video-on-demand, CDN, IaaS, database, object storage, and telco edge solutions. These Arm servers running the highly optimized Oracle Linux OS enable customers to take on the demands of today’s cloud and enterprise IT workloads with confidence in their infrastructure,” said Robert Shimp, senior vice president Linux product management, Oracle.

The Supermicro MegaDC product line leveraging a shared motherboard includes a range of servers with a single Ampere® Altra® family CPU, in a 1U or 2U form factor, with up to four double-width GPUs or up to 24x 2.5” U.2 NVMe hot-swappable drives. In addition, the systems include onboard-redundant 25GbE SFP28 Ethernet networking using NVIDIA Mellanox CX4. Designed with highly efficient air cooling, the Supermicro Arm-based line of servers has been certified up to 35°C (95°F) ambient temperature for enterprise and up to 55°C (131°F) for edge applications.

“Supermicro MegaDC servers with Ampere® Altra® Arm-based processors give customers more choices for their specific workloads. Certifying these systems with Oracle Linux is another step in helping customers deliver the high-performance, scale-out computing platform necessary to deliver tomorrow’s cloud native computing solutions today,” Raju Penumatcha, senior vice president and chief product officer, Supermicro.

“The Ampere® Altra® processor family offers high core counts and consistent performance to best meet the high-density needs of cloud computing. The Ampere-based Supermicro Mt Hamilton MegaDC servers running Oracle Linux are ideal for the cloud-native computing requirements of enterprise IT organizations,” said Mauri Whalen, senior VP of firmware and software, Ampere Computing.

In related news, Oracle Database 19c was recently certified on Arm architecture. With the qualification of Oracle Linux on Supermicro’s servers based on the Ampere® Altra® family of processors, and Oracle Database running Oracle Linux on Arm, customers have powerful options on which to run their highly demanding workloads, whether in the cloud or on-premises.

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Michele Resta

Product Management Senior Director, Alliances, Oracle

Michele Resta began his career at Oracle in 1996 as a database software engineer. Since 2006, he has led technical alliances for Oracle Linux and Virtualization, growing the organization and ecosystems over the last 17 years.


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