New Supermicro Rack Scale Design Brings Open Management for On-Demand Cloud Scale Data Centers

Supermicro, a global provider of compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, has announced a new Rack Scale Design (Supermicro RSD) solution that would empower cloud service providers, telecoms, and Fortune 500 companies to build their own agile, efficient, software-defined data centers.

Supermicro RSD is a total solution comprised of Supermicro server/storage/networking hardware and an optimized rack level management software that would represent a superset of the open source RSD software framework from Intel and industry standard Redfish RESTful APIs developed by DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force).

Supermicro RSD would solve the hardware management and resource utilization challenges of data centers, large or small, often with tens of thousands of servers distributed in hundreds of racks using traditional 1-to-1 server management tool IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface).

Designed with the whole rack as the new management unit in mind, Supermicro RSD leverages open Redfish APIs to support composable infrastructure and enable interoperability among potential RSD offerings from different vendors. With industry standard Redfish APIs, Supermicro RSD can be further integrated into data center automation software such as Ansible, Puppet or private cloud software such as OpenStack or VMware.

Supermicro RSD rack level management software is based on the Intel RSD framework, which provides the scale and efficiency for cloud operators to perform operations such as pooling and composability, in addition to the necessary telemetry and maintenance functions of the pod (a collection of racks) to manage allocated resources in a large-scale data center environment. Users can provision, manage and power-on the composed node as if it were one physical node. When the task is complete, the user simply deletes the composed node to return the resource to the pools for other workloads.

A unique advantage Supermicro RSD solution offers would be that it does not require purpose-built new hardware. In fact, the Supermicro RSD solution runs on all existing X10 (Broadwell) generation as well as new X11 generation server, storage and networking hardware. Furthermore, Supermicro MicroBlade would offer a future-proof, disaggregated hardware allowing customers to independently refresh compute module (CPU + memory) hardware while keeping the remaining server investment intact resulting in substantial savings and flexibility.

“Supermicro RSD makes it easy for companies of any size to build cloud infrastructure that until now are limited to leading large public and private cloud providers,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “The Supermicro RSD solution enables more customers to build large scale modern data centers leveraging Supermicro‘s best-of-breed server, storage and networking product portfolio.”