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Intel® ESAA Certification and Vendor Hardware
Compatibility Lists (HCLs)
The Intel® Enabled Solutions Acceleration Alliance (Intel® ESAA) helps remove hurdles
and saves members thousands of dollars by pre-certifying Intel® Server Platforms with
participating independent hardware and software vendors (ISVs and IHVs). For example, a VMware
ESXi* server certification can reach over $10,000 USD from membership and submission fees and
hardware and engineering costs. Intel® ESAA reduces certification barriers, providing
server resellers and direct Intel OEMs a quick, cost-efficient avenue for adopting a wide
variety of software and hardware building blocks and helping them build end-user confidence.
Certification vs. HCLs - Which One Do I Choose?
If your system is based on a Citrix, EMC, Novell, Red Hat or VMware solution, you may qualify for
pass-through certification and listing on the vendor's Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). Otherwise,
you may request certification from the Intel® Cluster Ready program.
Intel® Cluster Ready Certification
Join the Intel® Cluster Ready program and begin using Intel® ESAA recipes to achieve Pass-Though
Certification for HPC clusters. The Intel® Cluster Ready program defines a common basis for
clusters in collaboration with OEMs, channel members, and ISVs. Intel® ESAA has developed
recipes which detail the configuration of HPC clusters on Intel® Server Products for validation
with Intel® Cluster Ready tools.
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Red Hat* HCL
The Intel® ESAA program offers Pass-Through Certification which allows third-party systems to be
granted the same certification status as models previously certified by Intel Corporation. Your
certified hardware will be listed for FREE on the
Red Hat* Hardware Catalog,
Red Hat's official online database of certified hardware, and Red Hat will provide support to your
end customers for Red Hat products installed on your certified hardware.
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VMware pass-through certification gives you the authority to provide world-class customer assurance
that the hardware and software in your solutions are validated to work together smoothly.
Through VMware Partner Central, you can request your certified hardware to be listed on
VMware's Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)
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Citrix XenServer* Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)
Intel® ESAA-certified Citrix XenServer* recipes specify tested configurations that use Intel
Server Boards and Systems. Direct Intel OEMs, resellers, and system integrators who use Intel server
configurations based on Citrix XenServer recipes can make a submission to be listed as Citrix-certified
hardware on the Citrix XenServer Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).
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Resellers who purchase Intel® Server Products and are members of the
SUSE* PartnerNet program may be eligible
to leverage an existing SUSE* YES
Certification from Intel through the 3C copy process.
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EMC Interoperability Support Matrix
The EMC Interoperability Support Matrix specifies configurations of storage products based on
Intel® Server Boards and Intel® Server Systems that are qualified by EMC. Direct Intel OEMs, resellers, and system
integrators who sell Intel-based storage configurations can submit a request to be listed on the EMC
Interoperability Support Matrix. Please allow 3-4 weeks after submission for listing.
Get Listed on the EMC Interoperability Support Matrix
Download the EMC Interoperability Support Matrix for Intel ESAA
Microsoft Windows Logo Program*/Microsoft WHQL*
The Microsoft Windows Logo Program* identifies quality products that are easy to install and
that run without interfering with other components on Windows-based computers. Microsoft's Windows
Hardware Quality Labs* (WHQL) testing program helps ensure that systems based on Intel® Server Boards,
Intel® Workstation Boards, and Intel® Desktop Boards qualify for the Windows Logo Program.
Learn more about Intel® Server Products and Microsoft WHQL
Learn more about Intel® Desktop Products and Microsoft WHQL
Learn more about the Microsoft Windows Logo Program