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PCM's PCIe Storage Switches Featured in Intel Rack Scale Architecture (RSA) Demonstration

August 24, 2015

PMC, a provider of enterprise and data center solutions for networked and server storage applications, recently demonstrated the advantages and capabilities of its Switchtec PSX PCIe Storage Switches at the Intel Developer Forum earlier this week. The Switchtec PCIe switching architecture was presented as an industry partner solution in the Intel Rack Scale Architecture (RSA) demonstration.

With the help of PMC’s storage switches, PCIe SSD-based systems can scale reliably for mass deployment of next-generation, high performance storage solutions in hyperscale and enterprise data centers. It features industry-leading resiliency, programmability and advanced diagnostics while consuming up to 60 percent less power than systems using other PCIe switches.

The company’s Switchtec PSX family includes switches from 24 to 96 lanes, with:

  • Flexible port bifurcation
  • High port and Non-Transparent Bridge (NTB) density
  • Switch partition density
  • Advanced error containment with surprise-plug and unplug support
  • An integrated programmable processor that facilitates use of the PSX Software Development Kit (SDK) in order to enhance PCIe switch functionality and error handling

The company is highlighting how it can facilitated software development so that time-to-market is improved considerably thanks to an integrated Enclosure Management solution. In addition, it also is explaining how its advanced diagnostics and debugging features make it simple to identify, diagnose and fix issues. PMC’s switches operate with low-power and “best-in-class” signal integrity to ensure maximum efficiency.

The switches are very relevant to Intel RSA in its efforts to rebuild cloud platforms so they are more efficient and deliver elasticity, self-provisioning and standards-based interfaces in data centers. As part of that effort Intel’s logical architecture has been designed to enable pooling of compute, storage and network resources so they can be managed more simply and dynamically composed according to workload-specific demands.

“Innovative cloud architectures like Intel RSA require programmable solutions that can evolve nimbly with customer and ecosystem needs,” said Derek Dicker, Vice President of the Performance Solutions Group at PMC. “We set out to create a new PCIe storage switch category with our Switchtec products and, in addition to high port count, low power, resilient storage features, the programmable architecture makes them a perfect fit for the data center.”

All aspects of the data center—Storage, Compute and Network—are being rapidly transforming to make data centers of all sizes more agile, resilient, elastic and cost efficient. Dicker’s comments about evolving “nimbly” are on target and migrate orderly to avoid pain points is another criteria as data centers accelerate their transformations.  

Edited by Peter Bernstein

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