AMD's SeaMicro server for OpenStack gets Rackspace seal of approval

AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server has been certified for both compute and storage portions of OpenStack.

Rackspace has certified AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server for use as part of its private cloud architecture designed around OpenStack, an open-source cloud operating system.

The server was certified for both compute and storage portions of OpenStack, called "Nova in a Box" and "Swift in a Rack," respectively.

The Rackspace Private Cloud simplifies the management of large pools of compute, storage and networking resources using OpenStack.

"The combination of Rackspace Private Cloud and AMD SeaMicro servers will change the way the industry deploys and manages large pools of compute," said Andrew Feldman, corporate VP and general manager of AMD's data center server solutions business.

"The AMD SeaMicro SM 15000 system offers Rackspace Private Cloud customers unprecedented density, storage capacity and performance, bringing enterprises one step closer to running the cloud in their own data centers," said Paul Rad, VP of private cloud at Rackspace.

In racks of ten units, the SeaMicro server links 512 compute cores, 160 gigabits of input-output (I/O) networking, and up to five petabytes of storage with a 1.28 terabyte high-performance supercompute fabric, called Freedom Fabric.

The SM15000 server eliminates helps make the server room more simple and efficient by eliminating top-of-rack switches, terminal servers, along with hundreds of cables and thousands of other unnecessary components.

AMD's SeaMicro server product family currently supports the next generation AMD Opteron 4300 Series processor, the Intel Xeon E3-1260L Sandy Bridge and Xeon E3-1265Lv2 Ivy Bridge silicon, as well as the Intel Atom N570 processor.

AMD acquired SeaMicro back in March of 2012 in a deal worth $334 million.