Verizon deploys AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 servers for new cloud platform
Oct 10, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., or AMD, a semiconductor company, has announced that Verizon is deploying its SeaMicro SM15000 servers for its new cloud platform and cloud-based object storage service.
AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server links hundreds of cores together in a single system using a fraction of the power and space of traditional servers. To enable Verizon's next generation solution, technology has been taken one step further: Verizon and AMD co-developed additional hardware and software technology on the SM15000 server that provides unprecedented performance and best-in-class reliability backed by enterprise-level service level agreements (SLAs).
The combination of these technologies co-developed by AMD and Verizon ushers in a new era of enterprise-class cloud services by enabling a higher level of control over security and performance SLAs. With this technology underpinning the new Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage, enterprise customers can for the first time confidently deploy mission-critical systems in the public cloud.
"We reinvented the public cloud from the ground up to specifically address the needs of our enterprise clients," said John Considine, chief technology officer at Verizon Terremark. "We wanted to give them back control of their infrastructure - providing the speed and flexibility of a generic public cloud with the performance and security they expect from an enterprise-grade cloud. Our collaboration with AMD enabled us to develop revolutionary technology, and it represents the backbone of our future plans."
As part of its joint development, AMD and Verizon co-developed hardware and software to reserve, allocate and guarantee application SLAs. AMD's SeaMicro Freedom fabric-based SM15000 server delivers the industry's first and only programmable server hardware that includes a high bandwidth, low latency programmable interconnect fabric, and programmable data and control plane for both network and storage traffic. Leveraging AMD's programmable server hardware, Verizon developed unique software to guarantee and deliver reliability, unheralded performance guarantees and SLAs for enterprise cloud computing services.
"Verizon has a clear vision for the future of the public cloud services-services that are more flexible, more reliable and guaranteed," said Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager, Server, AMD. "The technology we developed turns the cloud paradigm upside down by creating a service that an enterprise can configure and control as if the equipment were in its own data center. With this innovation in cloud services, I expect enterprises to migrate their core IT services and mission critical applications to Verizon's cloud services."
Verizon leveraged the SeaMicro SM15000 server's ability to disaggregate server resources to create a cloud optimized for computing and storage services. Verizon and AMD's SeaMicro engineers worked for over two years to create a revolutionary public cloud platform with enterprise class capabilities.
These new capabilities include virtual machine server provisioning in seconds; fine-grained server configuration options that match real life requirements; shared disks across multiple server instances versus requiring each virtual machine to have its own dedicated drive; defined storage quality of service by specifying performance up to 5,000 IOPS to meet the demands of the application being deployed; consistent network security policies and procedures across the enterprise network and the public cloud; strict traffic isolation, data encryption, and data inspection with full featured firewalls that achieve Department of Defense and PCI compliance levels; and guaranteed network performance for every virtual machine with reserved network performance up to 500 Mbps compared to no guarantees in many other public clouds.
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