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October 1, 2021

Everything you need to know about Submer Scales: Tailor-made infrastructure to maximize automation

At Submer, we know that all data centers are different. Each one has different needs and goals it would like to achieve. To do this successfully, data centers must have access to fully customizable and easily integrated solutions.  

In Submer Scales, we design turnkey solutions that allow you to have a fully integrated, plug-and-play data center. This enables data centers to take their infrastructure to the next level with easily integrate robotics to maximize automation and propel their organization into the future

A journey towards a Smart Datacenter:

  • Sustainable
  • Efficient
  • Future-proof
  • Positive impact 
  • Site agnostic 
  • Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Smart DC

Submer has been working on a set of technologies that enable unprecedented efficiency, density and scale in autonomous lights-out datacenters. These technologies put together are what enable our vision of Smart DC. 

Smart DC is primarily focused on datacenter efficiency at the energy and operations level with a focus on delivering unprecedented TCO improvements. Many are the elements that concur to define a Smart Datacenter: from facility design to renewable energy sources, from energy distribution, cooling system, high-density network to robotics, etc. 
In this section, we would like to introduce you to the Network Backplane, one of the building blocks of Submer’s Smart DC.

The Network Backplane: taking intra-rack communication to the next level

The Network Backplane, presented by Scott Noteboom (CTO of Submer), at the OCP Tech Week 2020, is the result of a technical and a strategic partnership. Submer and Samtec, together with 2CRSI, have designed a solution that takes the cables off the table. Thanks to a robust blind-mated connector solution this technology allows an endless range of possibilities.

The Network Backplane is contributed under the OCP CLA (Open Compute Project Contribution License Agreement). Feel free to reach out to us if you want to integrate your solution or join the OCP Network Backplane Workgroup that’s working on it.

Cable connectivity

Cable connectivity has the following goals:

  • Current rack cable connectivity is designed for human hands
  • Weak mechanical reliability
  • Limited density
  • Prone to interference
  • Impossible to leverage robotics

Network Backplane

The Network Backplane, takes inter-rack communication to the next level:

  • Compatible with standard and Open Compute Project (OCP) servers
  • Creating a high-speed interconnection platform with no need for cables
  • Enabling a new generation of TOR switch density gains
  • Facilitating autonomous serviceability of networking and server nodes
  • Delivering high density and life-cycle reliability improvements