RSD Empowers Cloud-Service Providers

Claiming to empower cloud-service providers, Super Micro Computer releases Supermicro Rack Scale Design (RSD) 2.1 with pooled all-flash NVMe composable storage support for applications such as high throughput ingest, HPC, data analytics, video streaming, CDN, and software-defined storage (SDS) environments. Cloud-service providers, telecoms, and Fortune 500 companies can build their own agile, efficient software-defined datacenters or expand existing ones.


Supermicro RSD is based on Intel Rack Scale Design (Intel RSD), which is an industry-aligned datacenter architecture built on open standards. Intel RSD helps large datacenters support new data-centric applications that require large amounts of very fast storage to be shared while enabling increased speed, agility and automation. In an environment of explosive datacenter growth, it provides an infrastructure blueprint with more flexibility and scalability, higher security and better control, while delivering savings in capex and opex.

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Supermicro RSD manages racks of disaggregated servers, storage, and networking with industry standard Redfish Restful APIs that remain consistent across different vendors and multiple server generations. Supermicro RSD 2.1, supports high performance, high density, and disaggregated NVMe storage for dramatically improved datacenter efficiency, increased utilization and lower costs. Based on Intel RSD version 2.1 spec, the arrival of this technology marks the beginning of a paradigm shift to deploy truly disaggregated resource pools in large-scale data centers that dramatically improve datacenter efficiency, increase utilization and reduce costs.


For compatibility, Supermicro RSD 2.1 runs on all X11-generation server and storage systems supporting Intel Xeon Scalable processors as well as Supermicro X10-generation server and storage systems supporting the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 family. In addition, RSD 2.1 is integrated with other datacenter management software layers such as OpenStack using the Restful Pod Manager APIs that enable end-to-end cloud infrastructure deployment. For more information, watch a Supermicro RSD 2.1 resource saving video and peruse the Supermicro RSD 2.1 datasheet.

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