AMD's SeaMicro Microservers Will Drive Verizon's New Cloud
Verizon is leveraging SeaMicro's SM15000 servers for compute and storage capabilities as well as the company’s Freedom fabric architecture.Advanced Micro Devices executives last year made a bold move when they spent $334 million to buy microserver vendor SeaMicro, which until that time had been working with larger rival Intel in developing low-power systems. Twenty months later, and AMD has made its biggest score yet with SeaMicro: Verizon is basing its new public cloud server and storage infrastructure exclusively on SeaMicro’s SM15000 systems and its Freedom fabric architecture. Verizon officials announced their Verizon Cloud platform Oct. 4, taking aim at such public cloud providers as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and Google. They touted the speed and performance of the new platform—including the ability to spin up virtual machines in seconds—as a key differentiator from Verizon’s competitors. However, it wasn’t until Oct. 7 that Verizon and AMD officials announced that the underlying infrastructure will be based on SeaMicro technology. AMD and Verizon officials would not say how many systems will be used in the multi-data center deployment of the Verizon Cloud platform or how much the deal is for. However, Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s server business—and former SeaMicro CEO—said during a briefing with journalists and analysts before the announcement that Verizon has now become the largest SeaMicro customer.
The collaboration goes beyond just the hardware, the companies said. AMD and Verizon also have collaborated over the past two years to jointly develop new hardware and software technology for the SM15000 systems aimed at not only driving up performance and reliability but also control and security to ensure enterprise-level service-level agreements (SLAs).