- Calxeda's ability to power data centers with servers that consume only as much energy as smartphones is expected to change the economics of large-scale computing environments
The EnergyCore processor is a game-changer in the data center market. It has the unique ability to concurrently, yet energy efficiently; handle complex processes in cloud and virtual computing infrastructure.
"As enterprises handle petabytes of unstructured and structured data in a single platform, they need highly scalable and sustainable data warehousing that consumes less energy," said Frost & Sullivan Sr. Research Analyst Swapnadeep Nayak. "Calxeda's EnergyCore processor enables this by rightsizing the processing elements to match the bandwidth and latency of typical disk drives, producing a more balanced and efficient analytic platform."
Another distinctive feature of this technology is its fabric switch design with system on chip (SoC), which contains five fabric links that can deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps per channel and support several fabric topologies such as torus, grids and meshes. By eliminating the external port, the integrated fabric switch drastically reduces energy consumption.
The technology helps data centers cut operational costs during upgrades. In conventional data centers, upgrades require the installation of new hardware to increase system performance. Calxeda's EnergyCore technology helps to do away with such costs, as the processor's SoC design enables upgrades through a software patch.
"EnergyCore also has a self-adjustment feature to route fabric traffic around nodes that are congested or from faulty links to available ones," observes Swapnadeep. "This capability greatly reduces downtime or service interruption."
Besides this, the technology offers simplified management capabilities. It does so by building the management platform using industry standards-based management tools, including Intelligent Management Platform Interface (IMPI) 2.0 and Data Center Manageability Interface (DMPI). It also supports a remote management system to ensure seamless operational integration during deployment.
Service providers that do not have large spaces to build their data centers will benefit the most from this technology. By adopting this power-efficient yet high-performance architecture, they can reduce their investments in multiple servers.
"Calxeda's technology facilitates the cost-saving in the deploying of data centers, focusing on scale-out application such as Big Data, cloud storage, and server distributed networks," noted Swapnadeep Nayak. "In addition to that, multiple features such as complex processors with integrated server memory controllers, fabric switches with high-performance and adaptive link speed, and management engines for power management and remote access set the EnergyCore Architecture apart from peer technologies."
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