Bamboo Systems™ Launches Next Generation Server
Designed for modern software architecture, Bamboo’s B1000N Series brings unprecedented levels of compute density and sustainability with PANDA architecture
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND AND SAN JOSE, CA – June 23, 2020 –Bamboo Systems, a provider of transformative Arm®-based servers, today announced the availability of its newest systems, the B1000N Series, based on a revolutionary new system architecture, Bamboo PANDA™.
Bamboo Systems’ patent-pending Parallel Arm Node Designed Architecture (PANDA), is a revolutionary new approach to server design, crafted to meet the demands of both modern software structures and the challenge of energy-hogging data centers. PANDA-based servers use embedded systems methodologies designed to run modern microservices-based workloads while consuming minimal energy and delivering industry-leading density for high throughput computing. Kubernetes-based applications, edge computing, data analytics and AI/ML deployments are solutions that are well suited for Bamboo.
Bamboo’s PANDA-based systems utilize Arm processors and deliver individually balanced servers by reducing many of the well-known traditional server architecture bottlenecks, often caused by very large processors having to share limited resources. Each B1000N system can be configured with either one or two blades in 1U, with each blade containing four compute nodes and a non-blocking embedded L3 switch exposing dual 40Gb QSFP uplink ports. Each compute node is an independent Arm-based server capable of running Linux, or other compliant operating systems. Nodes use a SolidRun COM Express Type 7 module utilizing the NXP®Semiconductors Layerscape LX2160A with 16 Arm Cortex®-A72 processors with up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC DRAM, hardware accelerated dual 10Gb/s network interfaces and an integrated PCIe NVMe drive, up to 8TB.
A fully configured B1008N consists of 8 servers providing 128 cores, 16 DDR4 memory channels to 512GB DRAM, 24GB/s to 64TB of NVMe storage, fed through 160Gb/s network bandwidth – all in a single rack unit – at approximately 50% of the cost of a traditional Intel-based server.
Bamboo servers include a web-based interface, the intuitive Pandamonium™ Management Software, based on Bamboo’s REST API for integration with orchestration platforms. Pandamonium provides control over system configuration, status updates of components, and the ability to power off individual compute nodes if they are not being used, enabling additional energy savings.
B1000N Series benefits include:
- Typical savings of 50% of acquisition cost as compared to equivalently configured x86 systems
- Up to 75% less energy consumption
- Up to 80% less rack space used
- Directly attached NVMe flash storage to every application processor to reduce the need for large amounts of DRAM or network bandwidth, delivering high performance throughput to large locally cached datasets
- Integrated NIC with hardware encryption/decryption and compression/decompression offloading work from the application processor
- Dedicated network resources for each node
- Significantly reduced external switch and cable management costs
- Balanced system resources deliver the computing infrastructure for high-throughput and modern microservices-based software designs
“The x86 system architecture hasn’t particularly changed since the 1980’s and can no longer cope with the demands of modern application workloads or data center energy challenges,” said Tony Craythorne, chief executive officer, Bamboo Systems. “Without the constraints of legacy designs, we are able to deliver servers that are built for today’s microservices-based software, but which consume a fraction of the energy of traditional systems. This enables compute densities never before seen and for a far less cost than that of legacy x86 systems. Our servers are the future of data center and enterprise computing.”
The B1000N starts at under $9,995 and will be available in the USA and Europe in Q3.
For more information about Bamboo Systems, please visit www.bamboosystems.io
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About Bamboo Systems:
Our mission is to revolutionize server architecture to meet the demands of modern software design while disrupting the status quo on energy consumption. Bamboo servers are optimized for microservices-based software making them ideal for high performance workloads and processing at the edge, while saving one-half the typical acquisition cost of a legacy server, 75% of the energy consumption, and 80% of the rack space. Find out more at www.bamboosystems.io
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“The future of data center computing relies on a robust ecosystem to bring unique and diverse solutions to market,” said Kevin Ryan, senior director of software ecosystem development, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. “Bamboo Systems’ Arm-based server technology is another example of how the flexibility and diversity of Arm IP is challenging the status quo and transforming the way the industry takes on modern day server workloads.”
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“It is easy to see the value proposition that Bamboo Systems is bringing to the data center. The company’s servers break the mold with embedded systems that provide high throughput in a dense configuration. They are truly state-of-the-art,” said Dale Foster, chief executive officer, Climb Channel Solutions. “We are excited to rep the new B1000N Series in the channel and feel confident that for every customer that comes on board, we will have provided them with a pathway to a powerful, economical and environmentally friendly data center.”
“NXP Layerscape processors deliver high CPU performance, high bandwidth communications and low power consumption, meeting the design demands of Bamboo Systems,” said Sam Fuller, Director of Marketing, NXP Semiconductors. “We are excited that the NXP LX2160A was selected for Bamboo’s servers, which are ideally suited for important emerging workloads such as edge computing, containerized microservices, and more.”
“Right now, the state of the server industry often finds organizations with over-provisioned computers bringing the negative effects of shared resource conflicts and ever-increasing costs. Bamboo Systems is introducing powerful, cutting edge server architecture into this marketplace, “said Dr. Atai Ziv, CEO at SolidRun. “SolidRun brings value to Bamboo with our computer-on-module based platform, perfectly suited to the company’s need to provide bandwidth and low latency while simultaneously reducing energy spend. At SolidRun we are certainly up to the challenge of supporting such an important data center endeavor.”