Microsemi and American Megatrends Collaborate to Enable Innovative NVMe-oF Storage Solutions Based on Intel RSD, Lowering Development Costs and Speeding Time to Market

Tuesday: December 19, 2017

NORCROSS, GEORGIA / ALISO VIEJO, CALIFORNIA, USA - Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance; and American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems; today announced their collaboration on the development of an NVM Express over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) reference architecture solution. The innovative new solution incorporates AMI's MegaRAC® FP-X Fabric Management Firmware technology with Microsemi's Switchtec™ PCIe switches on an Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD) reference architecture.

Intel RSD caters to the specific needs of data center operators, with the ability to efficiently scale and lower operational costs via resource pooling and leverage best-in-class storage, networking and virtualization technologies. With resource pooling a key benefit of the Intel RSD architecture, Microsemi provides the fabric interconnect infrastructure with its high density, low power PCIe switches. The combination of technologies from these three companies provides essential building blocks for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and original design manufacturer (ODM) customers in the hyperscale data center and enterprise markets.

"As Intel RSD and AMI's MegaRAC software are widely adopted by major data center OEM, ODM and hyperscale customers, we are pleased our innovative Switchtec PCIe switches are an integral part of the RSD ecosystem," said Pete Hazen, vice president and business unit manager of storage solutions at Microsemi. "Collaborating with AMI and Intel as part of Microsemi's Accelerate Ecosystem Program supports our goal to deliver leading-edge, turnkey solutions for data center customers worldwide."

The Intel RSD implementation can utilize NVMe-oF to manage pooled storage for increased performance and efficiency, including higher resource utilization and lower total cost of operation. Administrators can compose systems from pools of storage tiers to deliver workload-optimized systems for their end users. For example, an intensive input/output (I/O) workload such as Somatic MUtation FINder (SMuFin) running on multiple servers attached with individual local NVMe storage can now complete the same operation in the same running time on the RSD implementation with a disaggregated NVMe storage model. This can lower storage hardware costs by up to two-thirds. In addition to the key benefits of improved performance and resource utilization, the combined resources of Microsemi and AMI translate to direct regional support for customers on a global basis.

"Microsemi and AMI continue to be valuable collaborators in bringing OEM solutions based on Intel RSD to market," said Figen Ulgen, general manager of Intel Rack Scale Design. "This latest collaboration on NVMe over Fabrics with Intel RSD will offer data center operators even greater business agility and efficiency."

OEMs and ODMs can leverage the benefits of combining the AMI MegaRAC development framework with the enhancements from Intel RSD and Microsemi's Switchtec PCIe switches to lower development costs and speed time to market. Microsemi's dynamic switch partitioning technology, supported by Switchtec PCIe switches in combination with its Flashtec™ non-volatile random-access memory (NVRAM) cards and NVMe controllers, enables rapid deployment of NVMe-oF solutions, while significantly offloading central processing unit (CPU) utilization and practically eliminating system double date rate (DDR) bandwidth requirements. This leads to better overall throughput, latency and quality of service (QoS). According to G2M Research's "NVMe Ecosystem Market Sizing Report," the NVMe market will be more than $60 billion by 2021.

"We are witnessing how NVMe-oF is quickly supplanting traditional methods of storage access. This, combined with the ability to quickly and easily compose and decompose pooled resources via Intel RSD, increases utilization therefore lowering total cost of operation," said Subramonian Shankar, president, founder and CEO of American Megatrends. "As such, we are excited about the capabilities inherent in this combined AMI, Intel and Microsemi solution for the opportunity it represents to better serve new and existing OEM and ODM customers. We also look forward to even greater collaboration between Microsemi and AMI for a variety of product lines including PCIe switches, RAID technology and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)."

NVMe-oF solutions are ideally suited for the hyperscale data center and enterprise markets for NVMe storage pooling applications. The device will also be targeted at applications including extending pooling to other end points, such as FPGAs and general-purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs).

Product Availability
The jointly developed NVMe-oF solution is available now through AMI and its distribution channels. For more information, visit https://ami.com/en/products/remote-management/fabric-management/.

Somatic MUtation FINder (SMuFin) workload provided under license by Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

About AMI

Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS®, American Megatrends (AMI) supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to top-tier manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems for both X86 and ARM based platforms. AMI's industry leading Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware, MegaRAC® remote server management tools and solutions based on the popular Windows, Android™ and Linux® operating systems continue to garner industry acclaim and awards around the world. In line with the diversity of its technology and product line, AMI is a member of a number of industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong to better serve its customers.

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