AppliedMicro Announces OCP-Compliant Server Platform for the Web Tier

Collaboration With Vapor IO Showcases X-Gene®-based Open DCRE for Hyperscale Server Orchestration

Santa Clara, California, UNITED STATES

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (Nasdaq:AMCC), a global leader in computing and connectivity solutions, and Vapor IO, provider of the world’s first intelligent, hyper-modular data center solution, today announced a collaboration to deploy Vapor IO’s Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE) on AppliedMicro’s 4-node OCP compliant 2U X-Gene® 2 server platform. The ½ width 1U form factor server platform integrates AppliedMicro’s X-Tend™ interconnect technology, which enables multiple generations of X-Gene SoCs to be seamlessly connected making it suitable for all scale-out and most scale-up applications.

As an alternative to the nearly two decades old Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) standard, Vapor IO’s open source technology aims to bring basic server hardware management into the modern era. OpenDCRE is a combination of open-source, freely available software and hardware, combining a RESTful application program interface (API) endpoint and software infrastructure with open hardware for communication with sensors and data center equipment. It runs on the standard and widely-available Raspberry Pi single-board computer and further enables the automation of data center infrastructure by providing a common platform for infrastructure communications. The platform can be used for any type of data center environment and deployed in single-tenant environments, including private cloud or managed hosting environments, or in multi-tenant environments, such as colocation facilities and the public cloud.

Through this collaboration, Vapor IO and AppliedMicro are aiming to benefit the entire data center ecosystem. OpenDCRE offers many benefits over proprietary orchestration and management solutions, in particular by eliminating the need for the out-of-band management network (by using the DC bus bar as the communication channel) and for cabling and any proprietary software licensing, thereby saving thousands of dollars per rack. The OCP compliant X-Gene based server platform allows improved scaling between servers and more cost effective and power efficient deployments of dense clusters, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.

"AppliedMicro’s hardware platform offers amazing raw performance and workload flexibility and their selection of OpenDCRE will benefit the entire open community, while offering a serious alternative to incumbent, proprietary solutions,” said Cole Crawford, co-founder and CEO of Vapor IO.

“We are excited to introduce the first ARMv8-A 64-bit OCP compliant high density compute platform using X-Gene,” said Kumar Sankaran, associate vice president, software and platform engineering at AppliedMicro. “The platform developed in partnership with Vapor IO demonstrates OpenDCRE which provides a robust and secure way of controlling and monitoring data center and IT equipment.”

Units are currently sampling to customers. For more information, please visit at the Open Compute Summit 2016, booth C11.

About AppliedMicro
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC) is a global leader in computing and connectivity solutions for next-generation cloud infrastructure and data centers. AppliedMicro delivers silicon solutions that dramatically lower total cost of ownership. Corporate headquarters are located in Santa Clara, California.

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About Vapor IO
Vapor IO provides the industry’s first intelligent, hyper modular data center solution. Significantly lowering capex and opex costs when building and running data driven data centers, Vapor IO provides an integrated solution to integration problems. Eliminating complex structures and parking lot data centers, Vapor IO offers a true intelligence platform for any data center workload. For additional information, please visit


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