Verizon, which recently expanded its cloud services, is now undertaking a new approach to cloud-based processing. The telecommunications giant is deploying AMD’s SeaMicro servers, which link together hundreds of cores to create a single system that requires significantly less power and space than traditional servers.
In 2012, AMD obtained the technology behind these servers when it purchased low-power server vendor SeaMicro. Verizon and AMD said they have co-developed additional hardware and software to optimize the performance and reliability of the SeaMicro SM15000 servers, which will be available in the public beta of the Verizon Cloud, coming in fourth quarter. The companies said in a statement that the deployment “ushers in a new era of enterprise-class cloud services by enabling a higher level of control over security and performance SLAs.”
The SeaMicro SM15000 system provides 512 compute cores in 10 rack units, with 160 gigabits of I/O networking , more than five petabytes of storage , and a 1.28 terabyte high-performance supercompute fabric. The companies said the system removes the need for top-of-rack switches, terminal servers, hundreds of cables and thousands of unnecessary components. The SeaMicro server product family supports AMD Opterons, Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, and Intel Atom N570 processors.
‘Programmable Server Hardware’
John Considine, CTO at Verizon Terremark, told news media that this solution gives enterprise clients “control of their infrastructure ” by providing the “speed and flexibility of a generic public cloud with the performance and security they expect from an enterprise-grade cloud.”
The companies said that the SM15000 server provides the only available “programmable server hardware” and offers a high-bandwidth, low-latency programmable interconnect fabric, along with a programmable data and control plane for network and storage traffic . (continued...)