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Intel reveals cloud sol'ns for data centers

Posted: 06 Sep 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel  data center  microserver  cold storage  networking 

Intel Corp. has announced a set of data center products and technologies for cloud service providers that aim to provide greater efficiency and flexibility into their infrastructure to support a growing demand for new services and future innovation.

Server, network and storage infrastructure is evolving to better suit an increasingly diverse set of lightweight workloads, creating the emergence of microserver, cold storage and entry networking segments. By optimizing technologies for specific workloads, Intel will help cloud providers significantly increase utilization, drive down costs and provide compelling and consistent experiences to consumers and businesses, the company stated.

The portfolio includes the second generation 64bit Intel Atom C2000 product family of SoC designs for microserversand cold storage platforms (code named "Avoton") and for entry networking platforms (code named "Rangeley"). These SoCs are the company's first products based on the Silvermont micro-architecture, the design in its 22nm Tri-Gate SoC process delivering significant increases in performance and energy efficiency, and arrives only nine months after the previous generation.

Intel also introduced the Intel Ethernet Switch FM5224 silicon which, when combined with the WindRiver Open Network Software suite, brings software defined networking (SDN) solutions to servers for improved density and lower power.

Intel also demonstrated the first operational Intel Rack Scale Architecture (RSA)-based rack with Intel Silicon Photonics Technology in combination with the disclosure of an MXC connector and ClearCurve optical fiber developed by Corning with requirements from Intel. This demonstration highlights the speed with which Intel and the industry are moving from concept to functionality.

Manufactured using Intel's 22nm process technology, the Intel Atom C2000 product family features up to eight cores, a range of 6-20W TDP, integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory, eight times the previous generation. OVH and 1&1 have tested Intel Atom C2000 SoCs and plan to deploy them in its entry-level dedicated hosting services next quarter. The 22nm process technology delivers superior performance and performance per watt.

Intel is delivering 13 specific models with customized features and accelerators that are optimized for particular lightweight workloads such as entry dedicated hosting, distributed memory caching, static web serving and content delivery to ensure greater efficiency. The designs allow Intel to expand into new markets like cold storage and entry-level networking.

By consolidating three communications workloads, application, control and packet processing, on a common platform, providers now have tremendous flexibility, the company noted. They will be able to meet the changing network demands while adding performance, reducing costs and improving time-to-market.

Network solutions that manage data traffic across microservers can significantly impact the performance and density of the system. The combination of the Intel Ethernet Switch FM5224 silicon and the WindRiver Open Network Software suite will enable the industry's first 2.5GbE, high-density, low latency, SDN Ethernet switch solutions specifically developed for microservers. The solution enhances system level innovation, and complements the integrated Intel Ethernet controller within the Intel Atom C2000 processor. Together, they can be used to create SDN solutions for the datacenter.

Switches using the Intel Ethernet Switch FM5224 silicon can connect up to 64 microservers, providing up to 30 percent higher node density. They are based on Intel Open Network Platform reference design.

Maximum datacenter efficiency requires innovation at the silicon, system and rack level. Intel's RSA design helps industry partners to re-architect datacenters for modularity of components (storage, CPU, memory, network) at the rack level. It provides the ability to provision or logically compose resources based on application specific workload requirements. Intel RSA also will allow for the easier replacement and configuration of components when deploying cloud computing, storage and networking resources.

To highlight the growing range of Intel RSA implementations, Microsoft and Intel announced a collaboration to innovate on Microsoft's next-generation RSA rack design. The goal is to bring even better utilization, economics and flexibility to Microsoft's data centers.

The Intel Atom C2000 product family is shipping to customers with more than 50 designs for microservers, cold storage and networking. The products are expected to be available in the coming months.





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