Chips used to be the beating heart of every server, but now that servers host hundreds of VMs per chassis, the network inside the server is taking on an increasingly important role in the data center. Chip firms are investing in intra-server fabrics, and connectivity inside the server is increasingly viewed as the beachhead for software-defined networking. Whether its AMD's purchase of SeaMicro, Intel's recent buy of Cray's interconnect assets, or the recent announcements from SDN startups, the fabric fetish has moved from the network inside the box, with SDN close behind. We find out what's behind the shift and how it will play into the future of the data center.
20th–21st June 2012