Cloud Architecture Optimized for Software-Defined Infrastructure
Intel® Rack Scale Architecture accelerates service delivery through a software-composable system that delivers greater performance and low total cost of ownership.
Data centers are under severe pressure to meet the growing demands of cloud, big data, mobile, and social collaboration applications. Yet today’s data centers are built on traditional architectures that can take days or weeks to provision new services and typically run with low server utilization, limiting efficiency and flexibility while driving up costs.
The evolution of cloud platforms is enabling greater efficiency via the delivery of elasticity, self-provisioning, and standards-based interfaces in the data center.
Intel® Rack Scale Architecture takes efficiency and rapid service provisioning a big step further by re-architecting today’s cloud platforms to help data centers handle always-on, ever-increasing demands. It takes the efficiency, flexibility, and elasticity capabilities of cloud to the next level.
Intel® Rack Scale Architecture is a logical architecture that disaggregates compute, storage, and network resources and introduces the ability to pool these resources for more efficient utilization of assets. It simplifies resource management and provides the ability to dynamically compose resources based on workload-specific demands.
The new architecture brings significantly increased performance and lower total cost of ownership. More specifically, Intel® Rack Scale Architecture can:
Intel Rack Scale Architecture uses compute, fabric, storage, and management modules that work together to build a wide range of virtual systems. The design uses four basic pillars, which can be configured based on the needs of your solution stack.
Intel is supporting rack scale architecture with innovative products and an ecosystem of hardware and software developers that, by working with industry initiatives and standards organizations, can help bring Intel® Rack Scale Architecture to market.
Intel® processor platforms provide the foundation for compute, storage, and networking, and the reference architecture includes an Intel Rack Scale Architecture developer’s kit with documentation, firmware, APIs, and a software platform for partners to use to accelerate adoption.
Intel is enabling a standards-based ecosystem of software and hardware developers to deliver segment and customer-unique solutions with speed, reliability, and scale. We are also working closely with key industry initiatives such as Project Scorpio, the Open Compute Project, Redfish, and the Scalable Platforms Management Forum (SPMF) of the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) to deliver a common baseline set of Intel Rack Scale Architecture APIs. We are already conducting proofs of concept with several end-user businesses that are moving forward as early adopters of Intel Rack Scale Architecture.
Intel® Rack Scale Architecture is being released in a phased approach.
Listen as one of the systems engineers from the Intel Rack-Scale Architecture group gives a brief overview of Intel® Rack Scale Architecture and shares a demonstration of disaggregation of the compute, memory, and storage capacity in a rack.
Understand the fundamentals of how implementing Intel® Rack Scale Architecture for software-defined infrastructure increases flexibility and composability while reducing cost of ownership.
Hear Eric Hooper, director of Cloud Service Provider Optimization at Intel, discuss the nuts and bolts of Intel® Rack Scale Architecture.
See how Intel® Rack Scale Architecture deploys workloads across composable pooled compute, storage, and network resources.
Read about the importance of hardware-level API specification Redfish, a consistent API across OEM platforms in Intel® Rack Scale Architecture.
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