Intel has introduced the second generation 64-bit Intel Atom C2000 product family of system-on-chip (SoC) designs for microservers and cold storage platforms. Hosting providers OVH and 1&1 have tested Intel Atom C2000 SoCs and plan to deploy them in dedicated servers in the next quarter.
This new 64-bit, system-on-chip family for the datacenter, formerly code named as ‘Avoton’ is the first processor family based on Silvermont micro-architecture aimed at microservers, entry-level networking and cold storage. Intel is delivering 13 specific models with customized features and accelerators that are optimized for particular lightweight workloads such as entry dedicated hosting, distributed memory caching, static web serving and content delivery to ensure greater efficiency.
Intel Atom C2000 would deliver up to six times the energy efficiency and up to seven times the performance compared to previous generation, according to Intel.
Dedicated Servers, Entry-level
The Intel Atom C2000 product family features up to eight cores, a range of 6 to 20Watts TDP, integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64 gigabytes (GB) of memory, eight times the previous generation. Hosting providers OVH and 1&1, two of the largest web-hosting services companies in the world, have tested Intel Atom C2000 SoCs and plan to deploy them in their entry-level dedicated Servers next quarter. The 22 nanometer process technology would deliver superior performance and performance per watt.
The product also features a set of hardware accelerators called Intel QuickAssist Technology that improves cryptographic performance. They are ideally suited for routers and security appliances. These configurations for entry networking address the specialized needs for securing and routing Internet traffic more efficiently.
For hosting providers it will bring flexibility and consolidation. By consolidating three communications workloads – application, control and packet processing – on a common platform, providers would now be able to meet the changing network demands while adding performance, reducing costs and improving time-to-market.
The Intel Atom C2000 product family is shipping to customers now with more than 50 designs for microservers, cold storage and networking. The products are expected to be available in the coming months from vendors including Dell and HP.
Supermicro is one of the first vendors to embrace the new technology, as the company just launched a 6U 112-Node MicroBlade Server featuring the Intel Atom C2000 processor. With the new extreme-density server platform, Supermicro will be targeting hyper-scale data center and cloud environments.
Supermicro MicroBlade Features:
- 6U standard 19” rack compatible enclosure
- 28x hot-swappable micro blades with 112 independent nodes, each node supporting
– 1x 8-Core Intel Atom Processor C2000
– 1x SATA-DOM
– 1x 2.5” SATA3 HDDs or SSDs
– 2x DDR3 DIMM slots
- 2x – 8x redundant 1600W Platinum-Level high-efficiency (95%) Digital Switching power supplies
- 2x – 4x Intel Ethernet Switch FM5224 with 10GbE and 40GbE uplinks
- Integrated Chassis Management Module (CMM)