New Server Platform Options Make Deploying Software Defined Infrastructure Easier

by Charlie Fei, Senior Product Manager, AIC

The growth of data is unprecedented. Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) have not only brought challenges to traditional storage infrastructure but have also altered our ways of doing business.


For example, information about customers helps financial institutions predict service opportunities and make timely pitches. A constant flow of OLTP (online transaction processing), OLAP (online analytical processing), consumer purchasing behavior and other treasure troves of information are feeding into Big Data mining efforts.

Many organizations are doing big business by inhaling vast amounts of social media data and using analytics to improve how they market to consumers or create new products and services. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine a sector of the economy that isn’t making use of more data than ever before. Owners of data centers are obligated to find a way to deal with huge amounts of raw information in real time. Whether it is a cache of new healthcare data that researchers must comb over to combat emerging diseases, servers supporting a Hollywood movie project or a military contractor running simulations, you have to stay one step ahead of storage and network requirements.

Since managing this much information requires IT to work in a more flexible and responsive way, many data center operators find that building a software defined infrastructure (SDI) will give them their best return on computational investments.

Whether you run a software storage company, manage an enterprise or are in charge of keeping a data center up and running 24/7, you know how important it is to have reliable equipment that can handle the bandwidth, networking and storage requirements of your organization. To that end, AIC provides new, robust server platform options designed to meet the growing needs of data center operators.

Key Features in a Software Defined Infrastructure

At the core, an SDI will include a server with CPU, RAM and other computing resources to store data. It will auto-configure and test itself and do automated backups, noted a recent article from the Register.

The SDI should use predictive analytics to determine if demands are about to outpace hardware capacity. Within the confines of software licensing agreements, the SDI will rely on load maximization and automation so the hardware and software will work to maximum effect.

Support for Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v4 Product Family

Architecting a software defined infrastructure uses commodity, off-the-shelf hardware, as noted in a recent article at Computerworld UK. Some IT professionals refer to an SDI as server virtualization, software-defined storage or a software defined data center, but no matter how you slice it, you’re working with a more cost-effective infrastructure that will give the flexibility your employees, customers or clients will come to depend on.

To keep pace with the growing demands for SDI, AIC’s current line-up of server storage solutions will be able to support the Intel Xeon processor E5 family.

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family enables the infrastructure to deliver services with the best performance, energy efficient processing and enhanced security features.

AIC’s wide range of server storage products, which feature support for NVMe*, high-availability and hyper-convergence, and the Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 family provides best-in-class solutions for deploying an SDI.

Server Solutions that Support Intel Xeon Processor E5 v4 Family

AIC’s engineers have developed a number of server solutions that enterprises can begin using today in their data centers. They are categorized as being suitable for high-availability storage servers, general purpose servers, storage servers and NEBS/Telco appliances.

To mention a few:

Defining Infrastructure with Software Keeps Your Organization Agile

Managing everything in software via an SDI lets your team work more efficiently. You can provision resources in computing, networking and data storage on the fly according to user demand inside the business or on the customer end.

A programmable infrastructure enables you to rapidly create business services and deliver them with high reliability, as long as you choose wisely when picking out the hardware. That’s why it’s important to work with a trusted partner when it comes to the data storage equipment you deploy.

What does the future have in store for your organization in terms of data storage and movement? If you’re preparing to develop a new data center or upgrade an existing facility, you will need solutions that include support for Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 family, which the team at AIC is devoted to providing. For more information, please visit AIC’s platform solutions page today.