Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) are collaborating on a new disaggregated, rack-scale server architecture that enables independent upgrading of compute, network and storage subsystems.
The companies also unveiled a mechanical prototype built by Quanta Computer that includes Intel's rack architecture to show the total cost, design and reliability improvement potential of disaggregation.
"The disaggregated rack architecture includes Intel's new photonic architecture....increased bandwidth, farther reach and extreme power efficiency compared to today's copper based interconnects," Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer said.
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According to Intel, rack disaggregation refers to the separation of those resources that currently exist in a rack, including compute, storage, networking and power distribution into discrete modules.
Rack disaggregation provides increased lifespan for each resource and enables IT managers to replace just that resource instead of the entire system, the company noted.
Intel said it will work with Facebook, Corning, and others over time to standardize the design.
Intel and Facebook have been partnering on hardware and software optimizations to drive more efficiency and scale for Facebook data centers.