Intel Ships Carrier-Grade Server Building Blocks
For Windows or Linux
In an attempt to move the standard high-volume price model into a new sector, Intel Corp. this week rolled out building blocks for creating carrier-grade servers running Windows or Linux.
"These are the first Intel-based carrier servers for the telecom industry," says Shantanu Gupta, director of marketing for the telecommunications initiative within Intel's enterprise platform group.
The servers will enter markets dominated by Sun Microsystems Inc. Intel hopes to penetrate the wireless infrastructure and applications market, the call control or software switching market, as well as several other segments of the telecom sector with the servers.
The hardware in servers for this category redefine the word rugged. Tests included dropping the server to the floor from knee height, putting an open flame inside the chassis. Surviving such beatings earned Intel the right to say the server components meet reliability requirements from the Network Equipment Building Specification (NEBS) and European Telecom Standards Institute (ETSI).
Chris McConnell is Product and Technology Editor for Enterprise Systems.