Intel strives to set blade server standard

Intel has unveiled plans to develop a server platform based on blade server technology with the aim of offering cost-effective...

Intel has unveiled plans to develop a server platform based on blade server technology with the aim of offering cost-effective scalability for telecommunications over the next eight years.

Speaking to developers at the Intel Developer Forum in Munich, Sean Maloney, executive vice-president and general manager of Intel Communications Group, outlined the company's plans to develop standards for blade servers. The blades server was introduced late last year to make better use of server rack space.

One of the industry initiatives Intel is working on is AdvancedTCA, a proposed architecture for an industry standard blade and chassis optimised for communications. The specification includes backplane capacity up to 4.5 terabits per second, multi-protocol blade interfaces, RAM support beyond 8GBytes per board, increased system availability and headroom for future increased performance.

Maloney said standards-based modular communications servers and equipment would enable network equipment providers to deliver high-availability solutions on shorter development cycles and to reduce costs.

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