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September 6, 2016

Intel Rack Scale converged architecture server design gets Huawei badge

Converged system models launched as Huawei pushes further into the data centre

By Vinod

Huawei announced servers based on Intel Rack Scale Design architecture.

Two products, the FusionServer E9000 converged architecture blade server and FusionServer X6800 high-density server is part of Huawei’s striving to forge a new hyper-scale data center ecosystem, it said.

The E9000 carries Intel  Xeon E5 v3, E5 v4, E7 v2 and E7 v3 series processors. It supports free combinations of 2-socket and 4-socket compute nodes. • Supports standard PCIe card expansion on half-width compute nodes. • Supports 6 standard PCIe card expansion or 2 full-height full-length dual slots GPGPU cards on full-width compute nodes. Storage is 8 x 2.5" hard disks on a full-width, 4-socket compute node. All-flash compute nodes and 12 NVMe SSDs embedded in full-width nodes. Supports a midplane capable of 15.6Tbit/s. • Provides 128 x 10GE ports on a chassis. • Supports GE/10GE/40GE/FCoE/FC/IB EDR switching and evolution to 100GE.

Intel Rack Scale Design is a logical architecture that disaggregates compute, storage, and network resources, and introduces the ability to more efficiently pool and utilize these resources.

RSD is based on the open industry standard Redfish and promises effective hyper-scale data center deployment.

This Huawei announcement adds to the existing Huawei E9000 and X6800 product range.

“Huawei values our close collaboration with Intel and we have cooperated in various areas of innovation,” said Mr. Qiu Long, President of the Huawei Server Product Line. “This release makes the Huawei FusionServer’s E9000 and X6800 early movers to join the Intel RSD server ecosystem. This not only extends the strength of Huawei in the server space, but also brings Huawei’s customers one step closer to a future of a fully software-defined infrastructure. Backed by Huawei’s innovations over the years, Huawei servers will continue to deliver superior performance and reliability to customers, empowering our customers with better confidence to compete in the future."

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Sandra Rivera, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Network Platforms Group said, “The launch of the Huawei RSD platform is indicative of the value in more agile and flexible solutions for hyper-scale data centers, supported by Intel architecture and technologies. This type of collaborative solution within the industry will accelerate data center innovation.”

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