I am so pleased to see the momentum for Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD) keeps building. In a recent blog I shared Intel’s work that enables dynamic composition and provisioning of Intel RSD compatible hardware in the OpenStack environment. Now I want to highlight Intel RSD storage solutions that use extremely fast, highly scalable NVMe over Fabric* interconnect technology. The best part is that you can see it for yourself at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Management and Data Center Conference* in Las Vegas (Dec. 4-7).
NVMe Overwhelms Shared Storage Solutions
SSDs based on Intel® Optane™ and Intel® 3D NAND technologies provide new levels of performance and price/performance versus traditional hard disks and NAND SSDs. It’s now possible to employ NVMe* in multi-tier, hot-warm-cold storage strategies to economically and dramatically increase the performance of applications like big data, machine learning, genomics and multi-physics analysis and simulation, which require fast access to huge amounts of data.
The potential weak link in this scenario is the interconnect system used to access shared storage. Methods like iSCSI and SAN are giving way to faster technologies including NVMe over PCIe and NVMe over Fabrics. Using NVMe protocols with switched PCIe is the cheapest and fastest way to enable composable systems based on the Intel RSD architecture, and may be optimal for many scenarios.
For data centers that want shared storage that can span many racks, using NVMe over Fabrics via the Intel RSD architecture is a high-performance alternative. The NVMe over Fabrics protocol works over Ethernet and employs RDMA (remote direct memory access) to minimize latency and maximize bandwidth. NVMe over PCIe is supported by Intel RSD today, and NVMe over Fabrics support will be released in mid-2018.
See NVMe over Fabrics Demo at Gartner Data Center Conference
To demonstrate how Intel RSD works with NVMeF to enable a disaggregated, composable infrastructure, Intel and Supermicro* will demonstrate how to compose logical nodes on Supermicro RSD* products. The demo will run on remote Supermicro RSD BigTwin* 2U 2/4-Node Servers and Supermicro RSD Pooled NVMe storage units with 32 SSDs.
At the booth, we’ll be demonstrating how Intel RSD composability works and run some benchmark applications to show off the performance of NVMe over Fabrics technology. If you’re going to the conference, come by the Intel booth to kick the tires and see what a difference Intel storage technology and NVMe over Fabrics can make.
Also check out Supermicro’s brand new RSD Solution Center where you can evaluate the flexibility, performance, efficiency and manageability of Supermicro’s RSD systems. The center supports both on-site visits and remote access, allowing you to dynamically configure hardware resources for specific workloads using the Supermicro RSD graphical user interface (GUI) and command line interface (CLI). To start experimenting with your own workloads, contact Supermicro at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intel RSD compatible products are available now from major vendors including Dell EMC*, Ericsson*, HPE*, Huawei*, Inspur*, QCT*, Radisys*, Supermicro*, Wiwynn* and others. For more information on Intel RSD, visit https://www.intel.com/intelrsd.
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