Spotify Chooses SGI® to Turn Up the Volume On Energy Efficiency and Density
Leading Streaming Music Provider Expands Infrastructure and Cuts Costs with SGI Rackable™ Half-Depth 1U ServersFREMONT, Calif., and Reading, England — September 17, 2009 — SGI® (NASDAQ: SGI) today announced that Spotify, the digital on-demand streaming music service, has standardized on SGI Rackable™ C1001 half-depth servers at its Stockholm, Sweden, collocation data center. Build-to-order SGI 1U high rackmount servers support the data delivery demands and processing requirements of Spotify's rapidly growing user base. With SGI's servers, Spotify has realized a reduction in energy costs and twice the density in the same footprint, compared to with its previous server provider.
Gaining more than five million users in the year since the company's launch, Spotify required a powerful server solution that was easily scalable, extraordinarily dense and energy efficient in order to capitalize on limited space and reduce costs for the rapidly growing start-up company. Spotify chose SGI to expand its streaming, storage and search capabilities and to help it scale, as it plans to expand to the United States and China, and to enter the mobile phone application market. Spotify also needed SGI to seamlessly integrate so as to not impact users' ability to access its popular on-demand streaming music platform.
"SGI servers are more space and energy efficient than our previous equipment, and the build-to-order hardware gives us the data center design flexibility that we need. The servers were also built exactly to our specifications, and arrived pre-racked and pre-cabled, ready for immediate installation," said Emil Fredriksson, Spotify's operations director. "With SGI, we achieved twice the density in the same footprint, which is imperative for our limited collocation data center space. We have also seen substantial reductions in energy consumption for significant cost savings and more environmentally friendly operations."
SGI's half-depth, rackmount servers leverage the company's patented back-to-back mounting technique, and feature high efficiency power supplies, memory and processors to reduce data center power consumption. The servers are available in configurations from 1U to 3U form factors, and offer up to 1,056 processing cores and 864TB of storage supported in a single cabinet. With dual and quad-core x86-based processors, including energy efficient, low wattage processors from AMD and Intel®, SGI Rackable server solutions provide optimal computing power for even the most data-intensive applications.
"SGI's C1001 servers provide a vast amount of processing power to Spotify to deliver its popular streaming music services," said Rod Evans, vice president of sales for northern Europe at SGI. "Given the challenging economy, density and efficiency are key for a growing start-up like Spotify. With the right infrastructure, businesses can now experience extraordinary savings on expensive data center space and energy costs, much like Spotify has with SGI servers."
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