AMD EPYC™ Processors Bring Advanced Security Features and High-Performance Capabilities to VMware Customers

— VMware vSphe­re® 7.0U1 adds sup­port for AMD Secu­re Encryp­ted Vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on-Encryp­ted State, enhan­cing secu­ri­ty of data in vir­tua­li­zed envi­ron­ments 

AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors pro­vi­de up to 2.3x the per­for­mance com­pa­red to the com­pe­ti­ti­on on VMwa­re1 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today high­ligh­ted the latest expan­si­on of the AMD EPYC™ pro­ces­sor eco­sys­tem for vir­tua­li­zed and hyper­con­ver­ged infra­st­ruc­tu­re (HCI) envi­ron­ments with VMware® adding sup­port for AMD Secu­re Encryp­ted Vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on-Encryp­ted Sta­te (SEV-ES) in its newest vSphe­re® release, 7.0U1.

With the latest release, VMware vSphe­re now enab­les AMD SEV-ES, which is part of AMD Infi­ni­ty Guard, a robust set of modern, hard­ware enab­led fea­tures found in all 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors. In addi­ti­on to VM memo­ry encryp­ti­on, SEV-ES also pro­vi­des encryp­ti­on of CPU regis­ters and pro­vi­des VMware cus­to­mers with easy-to-imple­ment and enhan­ced secu­ri­ty for their envi­ron­ments.

As the modern data cen­ter con­ti­nues to evol­ve into a vir­tua­li­zed, hybrid cloud envi­ron­ment, AMD and VMware are working tog­e­ther to make sure cus­to­mers have access to sys­tems that pro­vi­de high levels of per­for­mance on vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on workloads, while enab­ling advan­ced secu­ri­ty fea­tures that are simp­le to imple­ment for bet­ter pro­tec­tion of data,” said Dan McNa­ma­ra, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Ser­ver Busi­ness Unit, AMD. “A vir­tua­li­zed data cen­ter with AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors and VMware enab­les cus­to­mers to moder­ni­ze the data cen­ter and have access to high-per­for­mance and lea­ding-edge secu­ri­ty fea­tures, across a wide varie­ty of OEM plat­forms.”

In a vir­tua­li­zed envi­ron­ment, it is cri­ti­cal to have pro­tec­tion of data not only from other vir­tu­al machi­nes, but the hyper­vi­sor its­elf. This is why we cho­se to make vSphe­re 7 the first hyper­vi­sor to pro­vi­de full SEV-ES sup­port from AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors,” said Krish Pra­sad, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Cloud Plat­form Busi­ness Unit, VMware. “This addi­tio­nal lay­er of secu­ri­ty and data encryp­ti­on is tru­ly impact­ful for our cus­to­mers as they can now encrypt data throughout their envi­ron­ment. But more import­ant­ly, cus­to­mers don’t have to make chan­ges to their app­li­ca­ti­ons to take full advan­ta­ge of SEV-ES, making secu­ri­ty imple­men­ta­ti­on simp­le. AMD has made secu­ri­ty an easy choice for our cus­to­mers with the­se fea­tures and we’re exci­ted to pro­vi­de the secu­ri­ty of AMD EPYC to them.”

The Gro­wing AMD EPYC and VMware Eco­sys­tem
AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors have beco­me a lea­ding choice to dri­ve inno­va­ti­on of vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on and HCI solu­ti­ons due to their acce­le­ra­ted per­for­mance, inclu­ding 2.3x bet­ter VMmark 3.1.1 per­for­mance com­pa­red to the com­pe­ti­ti­on2, class lea­ding memo­ry capa­bi­li­ties3, and a full secu­ri­ty fea­ture set with AMD Infi­ni­ty Guard inclu­ding SEV-ES and Secu­re Memo­ry Encryp­ti­on.

AMD has also worked clo­se­ly with its OEM part­ners to crea­te vSAN Rea­dyN­odes™ cer­ti­fied for AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors and other AMD EPYC pro­ces­sor and VMware HCI solu­ti­ons that offer lea­ding per­for­mance, sca­la­bi­li­ty, and total cost of owners­hip.

  • Dell Tech­no­lo­gies
    • Dell EMC VxRail™ E Seri­es hyper­con­ver­ged sys­tems – Fea­turing 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, the­se sys­tems con­ti­nue the suc­cess­ful col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween AMDDell Tech­no­lo­gies and VMware enab­ling HCI for a wide set of use cases.
    • Dell EMC vSAN Rea­dy Nodes – Using Dell EMC PowerEdge ser­vers, cus­to­mers can get the per­for­mance of AMD EPYC with the fle­xi­bi­li­ty of Dell EMC vSAN Rea­dy Nodes, hyper­con­ver­ged buil­ding blocks for VMware vSAN™ envi­ron­ments.
  • HPE
    • HPE Pro­Li­ant DL325 and DL385 Gen10 and Gen10 Plus ser­vers – Using 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, the­se ser­vers are pur­po­se built for VDI users, busi­ness-cri­ti­cal app­li­ca­ti­ons, and mixed workloads with scala­b­le growth. The ser­vers are vSAN Rea­dyN­ode™ cer­ti­fied as well.
  • Leno­vo Data Cen­ter Group
    • Leno­vo offers Leno­vo Think­Sys­tem sin­gle and dual socket ser­vers that are VMware vSAN Rea­dyN­ode™ cer­ti­fied. This inclu­des the two socket Leno­vo Think­Sys­tem SR645 and SR665 ser­vers fea­turing enhan­ced per­for­mance and I/O con­nec­ti­vi­ty for hig­her per­for­mance workloads and the sin­gle socket Leno­vo Think­Sys­tem SR635 and SR655 ser­vers to help cus­to­mers acce­le­ra­te hig­her per­for­mance workloads to impro­ve effi­ci­en­cy.
  • Super­mi­cro
    • Super­mi­cro offers vSAN Rea­dyN­ode cer­ti­fied solu­ti­ons with dual-socket AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors for cus­to­mers that want to deploy the hyper-con­ver­ged solu­ti­on, as quick­ly as pos­si­ble.

AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, whe­ther in sin­gle socket or dual socket con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons, pro­vi­de VMware cus­to­mers with an indus­try lea­ding per­for­mance pro­ces­sor for VMware vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on workloads4. Now with the ena­b­le­ment of SEV-ES on the latest release of vSphe­re®, cus­to­mers can choo­se per­for­mance and secu­ri­ty fea­tures when using AMD EPYC based VMware solu­ti­ons from OEMs.

This update high­lights a con­ti­nuing col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween the two com­pa­nies to pro­vi­de VMware and AMD EPYC cus­to­mers with a high-per­for­mance and secu­re vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on expe­ri­ence for the modern data cen­ter.

You can read more about the latest ver­si­on of vSphe­re and its sup­port of SEV-ES in this blog from VMware and hear more about AMD EPYC for VMware solu­ti­ons at VMworld 2020.

Sup­por­ting Resour­ces

About AMD
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1 4‑node, 2x EPYC™ 7742 pro­ces­sor powe­red clus­ter with a score of 24.08@ 28 tiles on the VMmark® 3.1.1 bench­mark using vSAN (–04-28-DellEMC-PowerEdge-R6525.pdf) deli­vers 2.27x more per­for­mance and 2.33x hig­her tile/VM workload capa­ci­ty than the VMmark® 3.1.1 vSAN per­for­mance of a 4‑node, 2x Intel Xeon Pla­ti­num 8268 pro­ces­sor powe­red clus­ter with a score of 10.63@12 tiles (–06-30-Supermicro-SYS-2029BT-HNR.pdf) as of 06/08/20. ROM-737
2 ROM-737
3 EPYC™ 7002 seri­es has 8 memo­ry chan­nels, sup­por­ting 3200 MHz DIMMs yiel­ding 204.8 GB/s of band­width vs. the same class of Intel Scala­b­le Gen 2 pro­ces­sors with only 6 memo­ry chan­nels and sup­por­ting 2933 MHz DIMMs yiel­ding 140.8 GB/s of band­width. 204.8 / 140.8 = 1.454545 — 1.0 = .45 or 45% more. AMD EPYC has 45% more band­width. Class based on indus­try-stan­dard pin-based (LGA) X86 pro­ces­sors. ROM-11
4 2P 2nd Gen EPYC™ 7702 powe­red ser­ver scores a world record result of 12.78 Score @ 14 tiles–08-07-HPE-ProLiant-DL385Gen10.pdf. The next hig­hest publis­hed score is 9.02 Score @ 9 tiles on a 2‑n, 2‑socket Xeon® 8280 powe­red ser­ver–04-02-Fujitsu-RX2540M5.pdf as of 11/13/19. ROM-389


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