Carrier-Class Server Products
Intel Targets Telecommucations Market With Carrier-Class Server Products
First NEBS-Certified Intel-Based Platforms Shipping to Computing and Telecommunication Manufacturers; Counter Proprietary Approach
AUCKLAND, December 14, 2001 – Intel Corporation is shipping its first carrier-grade server ‘building block’ products that conform to stringent telecommunications reliability requirements. These platforms bring new levels of cost efficiencies, higher performance, greater choice and scalability to telecommunication and service provider customers requiring rugged, highly available computing solutions.
The new server products conform to strict reliability requirements as defined by the Network Equipment Building Specification (NEBS) and European Telecom Standards Institute (ETSI). Carrier-grade servers comply with telecommunications industry requirements for platform ruggedness to survive environmental hazards such as excessive heat and cold, fires and earthquakes. Today’s announcement consists of two carrier-grade server platforms from Intel. The first is a 2U-sized dual processor server and the second will be a 1U, dual-processor form factor. 1U is a unit of measurement of 1.75 inches.
“Intel’s world-class building block products and open computing model offer telecom and service provider customers lower costs, greater investment protection and an opportunity to deliver services and innovations faster,” said Mike Fister, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Enterprise Platforms Group. “Unlike traditional RISC-based platforms, Intel-based solutions provide the flexibility, choice, raw performance and scalability to address the needs of the telecommunications market.”
A number of computer original equipment manufacturers and telephone equipment manufacturers are expected to start shipping systems based on these new platforms in the first quarter of 2002. The new product family will initially include Intel® Pentium™ III processors in high-density form factors, offered with a choice of operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Unix. Carrier-grade servers based on the Intel Xeon™ and Itanium™ processor families are expected in the future.
The Intel-based systems will power core telecom, wireless and communication infrastructure for use in high-speed, high-traffic networks used by the carriers, telecom service providers and large corporations. The platforms will run a wide range of wire line and wireless applications, such as software-enabled switches or ‘soft switches’ used to bridge the telephone network and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). These servers are also capable of providing unified messaging services (which handle voice, fax and regular text messages as objects in a single mailbox that users can access via email client or by telephone) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services (advanced encrypting and decrypting technologies to companies allowing secure sharing of public telecom resources for data transmission).