Intel has launched a management tool designed to help data centre operators ensure service level and security requirements in multi-tenant cloud environments. By giving insight into operations through telemetry, analytics and service-level assurance, Intel aims to help customers generate more revenue or benefit from cost savings, the firm said.
However to do this, it makes use of technologies embedded in Intel's own processor chips, such as its Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), which may restrict the choice of server hardware for data centre operators who wish to deploy the management software.
The Intel Datacenter Manager: Service Assurance Administrator (DCM:SAA) software is a plug-in that targets OpenStack-based cloud deployments, and increases data centre efficiency by allowing more services to be hosted, as well as ensuring they are running on a trusted infrastructure, according to Intel.
"The workloads that we see enterprise IT want to move into these shared multi-tenant cloud environments, they need to know that when they move it there, they can guarantee its performance and that they understand the trust requirements for the compliance environment," said Billy Cox, Intel's general manager for Service Assurance Administrator.
DCM:SAA provides monitoring, remediation and reporting capabilities to help cloud server instances continue to run and meet the required service level agreement (SLA) objectives. It achieves this by collecting platform telemetry data from the processor and chipset in each compute node, and using that to place applications onto the best node for optimal performance.
According to Intel, a performance SLA is assigned to applications using a DCM:SAA feature known as a Service Compute Unit (SCU) as they are provisioned in the OpenStack environment. This SCU specifies the target performance for the application, and Intel's DCM:SAA uses its telemetry readings to measure the delivered performance and take action if it is not meeting requirements.
Using this technology, resources can be allocated more accurately, Intel claims, taking advantage of underutilised nodes while avoiding "noisy neighbours" - virtual machines that are consuming a disproportionate volume of resources on a particular host server.
DCM:SAA also features trust attestation technology based on the Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) embedded in Intel processors to safeguard the firmware and the hypervisor from being compromised on any specific physical server.
This also enables administrators to place workloads on infrastructure that meets the specific trust attestation requirements for that application, according to Intel.
With this release of DCM:SAA, Intel focused on compute, but will add features to ensure quality of service on storage and networking resources, Cox said.
Intel did not disclose licensing or pricing for DCM:SAA. The software is available via Intel data centre solution provider partners.
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