Advantech Announces Enhanced Shelf Management for ATCA and eATCA Systems using the Intel® Atom™ Processor C2000 Product Family



New SMM-5060 Shelf Management Module simplifies ATCA management and enables value added features

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Advantech (TWSE: 2395.TW) today announced the SMM-5060, its enhanced ATCA / eATCA system management module based on the new Intel® Atom™ processor C2000 product family. Complementing Advantech’s Netarium™ series of ATCA systems, the new module provides ATCA compliant management while optimizing user experience and integrating added value features. With these enhancements, the SMM-5060 enables faster development and deployment of high performance networking elements based on the popular ATCA standard, yet also improves the total cost of ownership by simplifying field maintenance and service operations.

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Advantech’s SMM-5060 ATCA Shelf Manager features the new Intel Atom processor C2000 which brings added value system control and service processing to ATCA and eATCA systems, and can be used as a centralized service access point or blade boot server. The new processor’s System On Chip (SoC) features enable encryption and decryption of external management traffic in business and mission critical systems. The SMM-5060 has been designed to maximize management flexibility in multi-blade systems with a software framework to facilitate the addition of customer and custom applications for specialized platform management in high-end networking gear.

”Advantech’s SMM-5060 now enables the use of identical Intel® architecture blades for different applications and workloads which can be changed dynamically without sacrificing system throughput and performance per watt.”  said Peter Marek, senior director x86 solutions, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. “This unique feature enables equipment vendors to build software definable network elements in Network Function Virtualization scenarios.”

“The Intel 4:1 workload consolidation strategy has been well received by the industry because it enables the use of a single architecture for multiple communications workloads. It enables greater efficiency in designing and deploying networking gear, leading to CAPEX and OPEX savings for equipment vendors and network operators alike.” said Bill Rollender, director of marketing, Intel Communications Infrastructure Division.“Advantech’s shelf manager demonstrates how the Intel® Atom™ processor C2000 family can be utilized as a low-power platform in business-critical networking gear.”

The SMM-5060 acts as a centralized access point simplifying tasks such as system health monitoring, inventory control and performing platform firmware or BIOS upgrades of blades. Advantech’s unique SoL Proxy software allows controlling the consoles of each blade over the system via a single, protected SSH session.

“Our new Shelf Management Module allows OEMs to treat complex ATCA and eATCA systems as a complete network element rather than a collection of blades within the same chassis. OEMs utilizing appliances for their entry and mid-range networking gear will find it surprisingly easy to add an ATCA based system as an extension of their product line at the high end.” said Marek. “With our SMM-5060, managing an ATCA or eATCA system becomes as straight forward as managing an appliance.”

Gone are the days when users needed to establish up to 16 sessions, one per blade, using a raw RMCP+ protocol to manage an ATCA system. Using a single SSH session drastically simplifies the service access to a complex platform like ATCA and makes it much handier to use.With the new Intel® processor’s support for hardware offload, management traffic to and from the system can be encrypted and decrypted on the fly yielding utmost operational protection as users gaining access to the Shelf Manager have full control over the platform. Support for RADIUS and TACACS/+ authentication simplifies the integration into secure management frameworks deployed in the networks.

With up to 8-cores in 22nm technology, the new Intel® Atom™ C2000 processor provides sufficient processing power to host additional custom or 3rd party software components on the SMM-5060. At the same time it offers outstanding performance per watt and price-performance ratios through the tight integration of on-chip functions like four GbE ports and crypto acceleration.

Hard disks or SSD drives can be connected to the SoC’s integrated SATA ports enabling the SMM-5060 to function as a network boot and file server to the system’s ATCA blades. This is designed to greatly reduce costs by eliminating the need for dedicated drives on ATCA blades and allows workloads to be dynamically assigned to individual blades. For example, Advantech’s specialized remote BIOS access features supported on their MIC-533x series of Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 based blades, allows the SMM-5060 to automatically select the most optimized BIOS and platform configuration which yields the optimal performance for a given workload.

Advantech will be showcasing the SMM-5060 on September 10-12 at the Intel® Developer Forum in San Francisco, CA, USA.

For more information please contact ncg@advantech.com or visit www.advantech.com/nc.

About Advantech – Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leader in providing trusted, innovative products, services, and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, embedded systems, automation products, and global logistics support. Our mission is to enable an intelligent planet with embedded computing products and solutions that empower the development of smarter working and living. With Advantech, there’s no limit to the applications and innovations our products make possible. For Telecom and Networking markets, Advantech provides mission-critical hardware to the leading telecom and networking equipment manufacturers. Advantech’s standard and customized products are embedded in OEM equipment that the world’s communications infrastructure depends upon.

Website: www.advantech.com/NC

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Advantech Co., Ltd.

13 Whatney
Irvine, CA , 92618
USA

tele: 949-420-2500
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ECGinfo@advantech.com
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