Intel is shipping its first carrier-grade server ‘building block’ products that conform to reliability requirements defined by the Network Equipment Building Specification (NEBS) and European Telecom Standards Institute (ETSI).
Carrier-grade servers comply with telecommunications industry requirements to survive environmental hazards such as excessive heat and cold, fires and earthquakes.
Two carrier-grade server platforms – a 1U and a 2U-sized dual processor server – will initially be available. They will include Intel Pentium III processors and will be offered with a choice of operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Unix. Carrier-grade servers based on the Intel Xeon and Itanium processor families are expected in the future.
The Intel-based systems will run a range of wire line and wireless applications, such as software-enabled switches or ‘soft switches’ used to bridge the telephone network and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).
The servers are also capable of providing unified messaging services (which handle voice, fax and regular text messages as objects in a single mailbox that users can access via email client or by telephone) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services (advanced encrypting and decrypting technologies to companies allowing secure sharing of public telecom resources for data transmission).