Rackspace First Hosting Provider to Implement Intel Rack Scale Architecture

Rackspace UK Office

Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture (RSA) is an advanced design that promises to dramatically increase the utilization and flexibility of the datacenter to deliver new (hosting) services. The Rackspace design is the first commercial Intel Rack Scale Architecture implementation.

The Rack Scale Architecture is meant to replace traditional dedicated server hosting racks in the end with more efficient architectures that separates the storage components, CPU, networking resources, cooling and power modules into individual components. Those individual components could be swapped out easily if needed.

Disney (US) and Bocom (China)

Within this new architecture of Intel, power and cooling are shared across CPUs, rather than having separate power feeds for individual dedicated servers. Computing, memory, network and storage resources would then be disaggregated and shared across the rack. Extremely fast interconnects will have to prevent slowdowns because disaggregating components pushes them further apart. Intel is thus using interconnects within its Rack Scale Architecture that are capable of 100Gbps.

As the massive growth of online services places increasing demand on the datacenter, Intel Corporation is planning to re-architect the underlying infrastructure drastically, allowing companies and end-users to benefit from an increasingly services-oriented, mobile world.

To illustrate the changing role of information technology and the need for innovation within data center architectures, Intel gives the example of Disney who recently started providing visitors with wirelessly connected-wristbands to enhance customers’ in-park experience through real-time data analytics. Additionally, a smart traffic safety program from Bocom in China seeks to identify traffic patterns in a city of ten million people and intelligently offers better routing options for vehicles on the road.

To help companies prepare for the next generation of datacenters, Intel plans to virtualize the network, enable smart storage solutions and invest in innovative rack optimized architectures to replace current dedicated server hosting set-ups.