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AMD's Freedom Fabric is a fabric design that links both AMD and Intel processors, as well as non-x86-compatible processors, to storage outside the server chassis. With Freedom Fabric, one chassis supports up to 1,408 hard drives and SSDs, or over 5 petabytes of storage capacity. The storage is directly attached to the server, so no SAN is needed.
AMD also introduced three arrays in its new Freedom Fabric Storage line. They include the FS 5084-L, an ultra-dense, capacity-optimized system that provides up to 336 TB of capacity in a 5U footprint; the FS 2012-L, a capacity-optimized system supporting up to 48 TB of capacity in a 2U footprint; and the FS 2024-L, a performance-optimized system with up to 24 TB of capacity in a 2U footprint.
Using a single SeaMicro 15000 server enclosure and 16 Freedom Fabric Storage arrays, customers will be able to build a 5-petabyte storage cluster using 2 racks of space, 64 operating system and big data software licenses, 38 power cords, and 32 fabric extender cables, which together consume 20 kilowatts of power.
AMD contrasted that with a traditional rackmount system, which required 112 2U "Sandy Bridge" servers, 224 software licenses, 12 10-Gbit Ethernet switches, six terminal servers, 224 power cables, and 248 networking cables sitting in six racks and consuming 40 kilowatts of power to achieve a 5-petabyte storage cluster.
Because of the density of the storage and the performance of the new servers, AMD said the new SeaMicro SM15000 would be suitable to run big data applications including Apache Hadoop and Cassandra in both public and private clouds.