Second Generation Intel® Rack Scale Design Showcases Storage Resource Pooling

The next step in preparing the broader ecosystem for pooled resources is here.

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Last year, we announced an exciting milestone for Intel® Rack Scale Design (RSD): the community release of the first generation code based on the open industry-standard Redfish™ APIs (DMTF). Since then, we’ve seen growing excitement and momentum by the ecosystem with several products now shipping and even more on the way in the next few months!  That was the first step in preparing the broader ecosystem for pooled resources and a path to software-defined infrastructure.

I’m pleased to announce the release of software version 2.1 earlier this year, which ushered in the second generation Intel® RSD products.  Building on the foundation from last year, second generation products begin the era of physically disaggregated, pooled, and composable systems.  The code has been released to our ecosystem partners and we anticipate system availability starting around mid-2017.

This release represents a significant step toward the Intel® RSD vision of fully disaggregated compute, storage and I/O resources. It starts with storage pooling. Intel RSD 2.1 provides high-performance NVMe SSD pooling over high-speed PCIe interconnects. Future releases of Intel RSD specifications will bring expanded capabilities for other resource pools, including FPGA accelerators. This first step with NVMe SSD drive pooling represents a foundational milestone that marks the beginning of several key Intel RSD benefits that will reach their full potential in the next few years:

  • Workload-optimized, dynamically composed physical system builds via resource pooling. Physical (vs. simply virtualized) composed systems means that these systems can be used to support bare-metal, virtualized and containerized workloads.
  • Enhanced upgradeability via a modular disaggregated design that prevents need for complete server replacement to upgrade just one resource group, such as storage or compute, allowing greater freedom to control costs and optimize resources.
  • Right-provisioning. Disaggregated servers, with their inherent modularity, can be built with whatever ratio of resources that best serve the workload mix running on that system.  Control spending by buying only what is needed, when it’s needed.

For more information on Intel RSD, visit http://www.intel.com/IntelRSD.