Why Choose Intel Blue Box Series Servers?

Full Intel ® Blue Box Servers are a complete product built by Intel to the same standards of quality and reliability that you can count on from Intel Processors . You can rest easier knowing that both the Processor and all of the Components in the System are built and supported by Intel and made to work with Advanced Intel® Technologies and Software. Often times, other manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Lenovo use 3rd party components that increase the chance of inefficiencies of the system.

Dell, HP, Lenovo have Networking Cards from Mellanox, Intel, Broadcom, RAID Controllers from Avago/LSI/Intel, Power Supplies from Lite-On and Delta, among many other components that come from various technology partners.

In conclusion, Dell, HP, Lenovo and are not as homogenous as Intel Full Blue Box Solutions that are fully optimized with the following Intel System Components.

Intel Server Board
Intel Chassis
Intel Processors
Intel SSDs
Intel Networking
Intel RAID
Intel Fans
Intel GPUs
Intel FPGAs
Intel Cables
Intel Power Supplies
Intel Heatsinks
Intel Software

Intel Solid State Drive Data Center Family
with Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)

The Intel® Solid State Drive Data Center Family with Non-Volatile Memory Express* (NVMe*) outperforms SATA SSDs, running demanding workloads simultaneously, lowering IT costs, and increasing system utilization for greater responsiveness and faster time to market.

Intel P4500 and P4600 SSD Data Center Family with NVMe

The Intel® Solid State Drive Data Center Family with Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) outperforms SATA SSDs, running demanding workloads simultaneously, lowering IT costs, and increasing system utilization for greater responsiveness and faster time to market.

High-bandwidth Intel® SSDs with NVMe* bring data directly to Intel® Xeon® processors—providing near-real-time results for big data analytics. Faster input/output operations per second (IOPS) deliver more performance per server, significantly cutting latency.

With Intel® SSDs with NVMe*, you can shrink your storage footprint, increase storage density, and support data-intensive workloads like high-performance computing at reduced total cost of ownership.

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Intel Optane Solid State Drive P4800X Series

The Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drive P4800X Series is the World's Most Responsive Data Center SSD. It is the first product to combine the attributes of memory and storage. With an industry-leading combination of high throughput, low latency, high QoS and ultra-high endurance, this innovative solution is optimized to break through data access bottlenecks by providing a new data storage tier. The DC P4800X accelerates applications for fast caching and fast storage to increase scale per server and reduce transaction costs for latency sensitive workloads. In addition, the DC P4800X enables data centers to deploy bigger and more affordable datasets to gain new insights from large memory pools.

Realize breakthrough application performance with the DC P4800X. It is designed to deliver 5-8x faster performance at low queue depth workloads,2 exhibiting extremely high throughput for single accesses and super low latency. Where NAND-based SSDs are often measured at a queue depth of 32 (SATA) or 128 (NVMe*) in order to showcase maximum throughput, the DC P4800X can reach as much as 500,000 IOPS, or ~2GB/s, at a queue depth of 11.1 This new technology is perfectly suited to accelerate enterprise applications to new, breakthrough levels of performance.

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Advanced Features Are Designed into the Silicon

Synergy among compute, network, and storage is built in. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors optimize interconnectivity with a focus on speed without compromising data security. Here are just a few of the value-added features:

Integrated Intel Quick Assist Technology (Intel QAT)

Accelerate applications by adding Intel® QAT to a software-defined infrastructure (SDI) environment. It provides a software-enabled foundation for security, authentication, and compression, and significantly increases the performance and efficiency of standard platform solutions.

Intel® QAT improves performance across applications and platforms. That includes symmetric encryption and authentication, asymmetric encryption, digital signatures, RSA, DH, and ECC, and lossless data compression.

Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512
(Intel AVX-512)

Intel® AVX-512 is a set of new instructions that can accelerate performance for workloads and usages such as scientific simulations, financial analytics, artificial intelligence (AI)/deep learning, 3D modeling and analysis, image and audio/video processing, cryptography and data compression.

Applications can pack 32 double precision and 64 single precision floating point operations per second per clock cycle within the 512-bit vectors, as well as eight 64-bit and sixteen 32-bit integers, with up to two 512-bit fused-multiply add (FMA) units, thus doubling the width of data registers, doubling the number of registers, and, doubling the width of FMA units, compared to Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0 (Intel® AVX2).

Integrated Intel Omni-Path Architecture
(Intel OPA)

Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA), an element of Intel® Scalable System Framework, delivers the performance for tomorrow’s high performance computing (HPC) workloads and the ability to scale to tens of thousands of nodes—and eventually more—at a price competitive with today’s fabrics.

Current standards-based high performance fabrics, such as InfiniBand*, were not originally designed for HPC, resulting in performance and scaling weaknesses that are currently impeding the path to Exascale computing. Intel® Omni-Path Architecture is being designed specifically to address these issues and scale cost-effectively from entry level HPC clusters to larger clusters with 10,000 nodes or more.

Integrated Intel Ethernet
with iWARP RDMA Technology

High-speed Integrated Intel® Ethernet (up to 4x10GbE) with iWARP RDMA helps deliver low latency to ethernet. Intel RDMA enables direct, zero-copy data transfer between RDMA-capable server adapters and application memory, removing the need in Ethernet networks for data to be copied multiple times to OS data buffers.

Both iWARP and InfiniBand use RDMA and a common API for HPC applications, but iWARP has the advantage of enabling the use of RDMA over the familiar Ethernet fabric. Because iWARP runs over Ethernet TCP/IP, it enables both application and management traffic to operate over a single wire. Dramatic value advantages are available for scientific and technical computing implementations

Intel® Volume Management Device
(Intel® VMD)

Intel® VMD enables hot swap replacement of NVMe* SSDs from the PCIe* bus without shutting down the system while standardized LED management helps provide quick identification of SSD status. This commonality brings enterprise reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features to NVMe* SSDs, enabling you to deploy next-generation storage with confidence.

Intel® VMD is technology on to root ports of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, which redirects NVMe* SSD insertion and removal PCIe bus events to storage aware drivers. These events previously had to be handled, with varying degrees of success, by a combination of system BIOS and Operating System. Intel VMD ensures a smooth add and removal of NVMe* drives from the PCIe* bus, ensuring uptime and serviceability.

Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU
(Intel® VROC)

Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) is a new software package for RAID volume management launched with the new Skylake CPU and Purley Platform. These CPUs have a new hardware architecture. It allows NVMe SSDs to connect via PCIe connections and directly manage on the CPU. Intel VROC leverages this architecture to enable NVMe RAID. Intel VROC provides compelling RAID performance that unleashes the full potential of NVMe drives. This reliable RAID solution for data protection is easy to scale with flexible drive configurations.

Intel VROC is a hybrid RAID solution. It has attributes of a software RAID solution, for instance, using the CPU to calculate RAID logic. It also has attributes of a hardware RAID, for instance, aggregating NVMe-based SSDs behind an integrated hardware controller called Intel® VMD.

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