Intel today announced that it plans to “re-architect the data center” by virtualizing the network, enabling smart storage solutions and investing in innovative rack optimized architectures. With the new strategy, Intel aims to create more agile, service-driven and easier to manage and operate datacenters.
Intel also announced additional details about its next-generation Intel Atom processor C2000 product family and outlined its roadmap of next-generation 14nm system-on-chip (SoC) products for 2014 and beyond.
The announcements were made at a press event in San Francisco. Diane Bryant, Senior vice president and General manager, Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, Intel highlighted company’s Rack Scale Architecture (RSA), an advanced design that increases the utilization and flexibility of the datacenter to deliver new services.
Rackspace Hosting announced the deployment of new server racks in line with Intel’s RSA vision, powered by Intel Xeon processors and Intel Ethernet controllers with storage accelerated by Intel Solid State Drives.
The forthcoming Intel Atom processors C2000 product family is aimed for low-energy, high-density microservers and storage (codenamed “Avoton”), and network devices (codenamed “Rangeley”).
The second generation of Intel’s 64-bit SoCs will become available later this year and will be based on the Intel’s 22nm process technology and the Silvermont microarchitecture. It will feature up to eight cores with integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory.
Intel has estimated that the new products will deliver up to four times the energy efficiency and up to seven times more performance than the first generation Intel Atom processor-based server SoCs introduced in December last year.
Intel’s next-generation products based on its forthcoming 14nm process technology are aimed at microservers, storage and network devices. The new products will offer a broader set of low-power, high-density solutions for their Web-scale applications and services.
The future products include:
- Next generation of Intel Xeon processors E3 family (codenamed “Broadwell”) – built for processor and graphic-centric workloads such as online gaming and media transcoding.
- Next generation of Intel Atom processor SoCs (codenamed “Denverton”) – will enable higher density deployments for datacenter operators.
Intel also disclosed a new SoC designed from the ground up for the datacenter based on Intel’s next-generation Broadwell microarchitecture that follows Haswell microarchitecture.
The new SoC will provide datacenter operators with higher levels of performance in high density, energy efficient systems.
“Datacenters are entering a new era of rapid service delivery,” said Diane Bryant, Senior vice president and General manager, ,Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, Intel.
“Across network, storage and servers we continue to see significant opportunities for growth. In many cases, it requires a new approach to deliver the scale and efficiency required, and today we are unveiling the near and long-term actions to enable this transformation,” he added.
Here is more information on Intel’s initiatives to re-architect the datacenter infrastructure and expand cloud, big data and supercomputing capabilities.