Virtualization technologies have brought dramatic efficiencies in the utilization of hardware infrastructure. Separating the physical layer from the virtual machines and application layers has introduced a “utility computing” paradigm, in which computing resources are consumed “on demand” and scalability is seamlessly achieved without interruptions.
Asis has extended this virtualization concept to the enclosure level. Its next-generation 40G ATCA product line offers the option to decouple the central management, storage, and switching from the blades, pre-integrating them on the chassis itself.
This new centralized management concept not only frees the slots to increase processing power, it also introduces a “utility computing” paradigm to the chassis level, offering the following benefits:
- Higher performance lower cost blades: decoupling the central management and storage from the blades reduces their complexity and allows the blade manufacturer to focus on its core functionality, the processing. In addition, removing these complexities from the blade will also allow you to consider the implementation of lower-cost blades.
- Reduced time to market: pre-integrating the central management, storage, and switch in the chassis dramatically reduces integration complexities, shortening time to market and eliminating risks.
- Plug-and-play chassis: when integrating an out-of-band data storage on the chassis the configuration of all the blades is already integrated in the chassis, so the replacement of blades can be performed instantly. The images and the configuration are loaded from the chassis-integrated storage via iSCSI. All you have to do is “plug” the blades and you are ready to go.
- SDN switch manager on the chassis: Flow table configurations are stored on an integrated central storage instead of storing it on the SDN switch blades.
- More processing power: instead of allocating slots for switching, with an integrated switch you can utilize all the slots for processing, providing more processing power for each form factor.
- Front to back cooling in smaller chassis: Until now carrier-grade front-to-back cooling was available on large 14-slot chassis only. But as blades become more powerful, you may want to use a smaller chassis for your application. Asis breaks the size barrier by introducing a 6-slot chassis with carrier-grade front-to-back cooling.