phoenixNAP Launches FlexServers, Offering Vertical CPU Scaling on Bare Metal Servers

phoenixNAP, a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions provider with a focus on cyber security and compliance-readiness, has announced availability of its FlexServers – a “revolutionary” new bare metal server platform based on 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

These phoenixNAP FlexServers would enable “unprecedented agility” for organizations – to scale among seven different Intel Xeon Scalable CPU performance configurations with a reboot.

Ian McClarty
“FlexServers utilize 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with enhanced configuration flexibility to allow for vertical CPU scaling without hardware updates or migrating data. We can simply reboot a server per client’s demand and provide them with new capabilities in a matter of minutes,” said Ian McClarty, president at phoenixNAP.

Developed in collaboration with Intel, phoenixNAP’s FlexServers platform is built for data-driven organizations that handle intensive and evolving workloads such as high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence/deep learning (AI/DL), and machine learning (ML).

Using a customized Intel Speed Select technology, the solution would be unique in its ability to allow users to modulate CPU characteristics up to 7 different performance configurations – simply by requesting a server reboot. With the ability to change CPU configurations without hardware updates or complex installations, organizations can improve the efficiency of their IT infrastructure and more flexibly plan their IT budgets.

“Collaborating with Intel for years, we are the first IT services provider to implement and present its configurable Intel Xeon processor technology to the public,” said Ian McClarty, president at phoenixNAP. “FlexServers utilize 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with enhanced configuration flexibility to allow for vertical CPU scaling without hardware updates or migrating data. We can simply reboot a server per client’s demand and provide them with new capabilities in a matter of minutes.”

Compared to the previous generation CPUs, the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors provide a higher per core performance, according to phoenixNAP. They would also provide new built-in AI acceleration with Intel Deep Learning Boost technology, plus support for greater memory capacity and speeds and, as a custom FlexServer option, support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory that additionally helps in accelerating performance of data-hungry workloads. These features would make FlexServers ideal for companies with highly dynamic and complex workloads such as high-transaction databases, deep learning, media, gaming or HPC.

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“Intel strives to introduce capabilities in our platforms that increase value for cloud service end-users and simplify their IT operations.” said Jason Grebe, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Platforms and Technology Group at Intel. “phoenixNAP is now offering our new, unique software-configurable 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors that enable users to precisely dial in the optimal performance level for their workloads and budget on the same server.”

Data Center Locations: U.S., Europe, Asia

As a global IT services provider, phoenixNAP enables deployment of these servers in five strategic global locations – Phoenix, AZ, Ashburn, VA, Chicago, IL, Amsterdam, NL, and Singapore. The available service configurations include dual processor (2S) servers with 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs with performance configurations ranging from 20 to 48 CPU cores and base frequencies from 2.1 to 2.7 GHz.

Martin Wielomski
“With the introduction of FlexServers we aim to provide unmatched value and flexibility not seen before on bare metal server platforms,” said Martin Wielomski, Director of Products – Infrastructure Services at phoenixNAP.

“With Intel Deep Learning Boost instruction sets, FlexServers provide a powerful platform for AI-focused inference workloads,” said William Bell Executive Vice President of Product at phoenixNAP. “At the same time, increased core counts and clock speeds of these Intel Xeon Scalable processors further improve performance of enterprise-focused applications and highly virtualized environments. We are thrilled to collaborate with Intel on this launch and be the first provider in the world to publicly offer a possibility of vertical CPU scaling on bare metal.”

“With the introduction of FlexServers we aim to provide unmatched value and flexibility not seen before on bare metal server platforms,” said Martin Wielomski, Director of Products – Infrastructure Services at phoenixNAP. “Flexible pricing options based on CPU scaling and our global deployments provide new level of agility to our clients not just on the technology level, but also from a business perspective as they enable them to run their operations with more confidence.”

To learn more about phoenixNap FlexServers, visit: phoenixnap.com/servers/flexservers.

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