For years people have been talking about the potential of rack scale architecture (RSA), the concept of pooled and disaggregated compute, network and storage resources with software that enables IT professionals to compose usage-specific systems.
Key motivations for RSA are to increase data center flexibility, enable greater utilization of assets and drive down the total cost of ownership for IT infrastructure. Today the talk is turning to action.
We now have a functioning Intel RSA prototype solution and a well-defined path forward toward the day of RSA adoption. At Intel, we are working on a complete reference architecture that will allow a range of implementation choices for OEM providers and organizations that want to build their own RSA solutions.
I am at the Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China, this week talking to our customers and partners about rack-level innovation. Intel is working closely as a technical adviser to Project Scorpio, which is a collaborative effort between Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu and China telecom to develop the next-generation rack scale architecture. Intel is also collaborating with several key end users and system builders in China to build an RSA solution that meets local needs.
We’re at the point where people are excited about the concept of RSA. Now the focus is shifting to what it will take to leverage this new approach to the data center.
Jay Kyathsandra is the product marketing manager for Intel Rack Scale Architecture.