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In Pictures: AMD Consolidates From 18 Datacenters To Just Two

In Pictures: AMD Consolidates From 18 Datacenters To Just Two
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Inside The Main Office

Back in March, AMD invited Tom's Hardware to visit its new datacenter in Suwanee, Georgia. We were accompanied by Corporate Vice President and CIO Jake Dominguez, Corporate Vice President of Global Infrastructures & Operations Andy Bynum, and Director of Server Software Planning Margaret Lewis. I published my experience at the datacenter in early April. However, I came away with so many other interesting photos to share. Follow along as we tour AMD's new facility, designed to cut costs and improve the company's efficiency.

In this shot, we're in the main office, which provides a building management system for monitoring HVAC capacity, available wattage, and so on. There's also software in place for viewing the status of the generators and switchgears. 

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    silverblue , May 9, 2014 2:04 AM
    Interesting article. I've never heard of an Opteron 6389, though. :) 
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    houldendub , May 9, 2014 3:17 AM
    Oh man what I would give to just walk around in there, just to see that cable management as well hrrrnnnffff *nerdgasm*
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    ykki , May 9, 2014 4:02 AM
    picture 6 is awesome!
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    warezme , May 9, 2014 5:52 AM
    If it is so modern, why are they still running Vista on their monitoring workstations?
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    eriko , May 9, 2014 7:31 AM
    Just waiting for an Nvidia fan-boi to jump on the 'green is good' comment....

    BTW, I'm not a fan-boi either way, just saying..
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    mavikt , May 9, 2014 9:45 AM
    I'm a bit surprised about the location they chose; In Sweden I think it was Google that placed a data centers faar up north to tap into the 'clean' electricity from water power, but also benefit from to cooler climate for cooling but then also be able to sell the surplus heat to warm houses.
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    serhat359 , May 9, 2014 11:35 AM
    Is that Windows XP on the first picture?
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    wolverine96 , May 9, 2014 11:41 AM
    Great steps forward for AMD. Sure, I use nVidia for graphics cards (I need them for CUDA rendering), but somebody has to compete with Intel!

    They should give everybody in town free hot water that was heated by AMD processors. Sounds like it would be tasty! (After you made it cold, of course!)
    I'm excited that AMD is keeping a datacenter in the USA!

    (By the way, eriko, green is an AMD color, too!)
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    smeezekitty , May 9, 2014 2:45 PM
    LOL at the tape backup
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    Ragnar-Kon , May 9, 2014 3:24 PM
    Quote:
    If it is so modern, why are they still running Vista on their monitoring workstations?

    Obviously the monitoring is a web-based UI. So... why spend the money to upgrade workstations that run a web-based application?

    I'd be willing to bet the workstations they actually use for design are some sort of Unix-based operating system running high-end EDA software like Mentor Graphics. That said, maybe AMD uses a custom in-house EDA software solution, so I could be wrong.

    Also, holy tape batman.
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    mikenygmail , May 9, 2014 3:29 PM
    Fix the comments section for Best Graphics Cards for the Money already, it's getting to be ridiculous. Do you not want people to come to this site??
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    centralpoint , May 9, 2014 4:27 PM
    In picture 4 and 6, look at all those Antec 300's. Such a great computer case.
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    cinnamon cider , May 9, 2014 8:28 PM
    Great article :)  A very nice read.
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    chaosmassive , May 9, 2014 8:43 PM
    on first picture, i noticed in lower left computer,
    is that a windows xp screen saver?


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    Nada190 , May 9, 2014 11:00 PM
    That's cool.
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    Jeffrey H , May 9, 2014 11:59 PM
    I have to wonder if they take as much power as a House Hold Clothes Dryer, which takes 240 volts to some times 480 Volts, which I think is the same for these servers if they take 1.8 MW, that is tons of Juice, and about Servers that cost 1 Million Dollars.
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    drowned , May 10, 2014 12:08 AM
    And the irony that if they wanted even better power consumption figures they'd have Xeons.
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    Darkk , May 10, 2014 7:44 AM
    I am a hard core AMD user and have been ever since AMD K6 but until they get off their butts and produce serious energy efficient processors to complete with Intel's they are in a losing battle. They make great processors and best bang for the buck but long term TOC is higher in terms of energy cost. The data center consolidation will save money now but as time goes on they will lose money in energy usage.
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    re-play- , May 10, 2014 9:05 AM
    Quote:
    I am a hard core AMD user and have been ever since AMD K6 but until they get off their butts and produce serious energy efficient processors to complete with Intel's they are in a losing battle. They make great processors and best bang for the buck but long term TOC is higher in terms of energy cost. The data center consolidation will save money now but as time goes on they will lose money in energy usage.


    i dont think so, FM2+ and AM1 CPUs are doing wonders in power usage.
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    anxiousinfusion , May 10, 2014 12:36 PM
    Quote:
    on first picture, i noticed in lower left computer,
    is that a windows xp screen saver?




    "An Emphasis On Staying Modern" Well, they better get to work!
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