The AMD EPYC‚ĄĘ Server Ecosystem Grows with New HCI Solutions From Nutanix and Other Partners Supporting ‚ÄúWork from Anywhere‚ÄĚ Environment

AMD EPYC pro­ces­sor powered solu­ti­ons pro­vi­de lea­ding vir­tua­liza­ti­on per­for­mance and secu­ri­ty fea­tures for the modern data center

AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors with Nuta¬≠nix Hybrid Cloud Infra¬≠struc¬≠tu¬≠re deli¬≠ver excep¬≠tio¬≠nal per¬≠for¬≠mance for the Mulit¬≠cloud Era


AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announ¬≠ced the con¬≠tin¬≠ued expan¬≠si¬≠on of the AMD EPYC‚ĄĘ pro¬≠ces¬≠sor eco¬≠sys¬≠tem for vir¬≠tua¬≠li¬≠zed envi¬≠ron¬≠ments and hyper¬≠con¬≠ver¬≠ged infra¬≠struc¬≠tu¬≠re (HCI) with Leno¬≠vo announ¬≠cing the Thin¬≠kA¬≠gi¬≠le HX, the latest solu¬≠ti¬≠on based on AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors and Nutanix‚Äôs hybrid cloud infra¬≠struc¬≠tu¬≠re solu¬≠ti¬≠on. This new solu¬≠ti¬≠on expands the eco¬≠sys¬≠tem of AMD EPYC based cloud and vir¬≠tua¬≠li¬≠zed solutions.

As cus¬≠to¬≠mers want more value for their data cen¬≠ter bud¬≠get, IT depart¬≠ments are moving to HCI to moder¬≠ni¬≠ze and trans¬≠form their enter¬≠pri¬≠se data cen¬≠ter. This crea¬≠tes a high per¬≠forming and effi¬≠ci¬≠ent data cen¬≠ter that is easier to mana¬≠ge for the quick-chan¬≠ging needs of busi¬≠nesses. By choo¬≠sing AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors and Nuta¬≠nix hybrid and mul¬≠ti¬≠cloud solu¬≠ti¬≠ons, cus¬≠to¬≠mers can acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠te workloads like digi¬≠tal workspaces inclu¬≠ding VDI with fan¬≠ta¬≠stic per¬≠for¬≠mance, advan¬≠ced secu¬≠ri¬≠ty fea¬≠tures, and broad eco¬≠sys¬≠tem sup¬≠port from major ISVs and OEM partners.

‚ÄúIT lea¬≠ders are faced with a dif¬≠fi¬≠cult and evol¬≠ving situa¬≠ti¬≠on right now. As more employees are in a ‚Äėwork from any¬≠whe¬≠re‚Äô situa¬≠ti¬≠on, they have to rethink their data cen¬≠ter ope¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠ons and move them to a more digi¬≠tal and modern envi¬≠ron¬≠ment that can pro¬≠vi¬≠de the secu¬≠ri¬≠ty, per¬≠for¬≠mance and agi¬≠li¬≠ty nee¬≠ded to sup¬≠port their busi¬≠ness,‚ÄĚ said Dan McNa¬≠ma¬≠ra, seni¬≠or vice pre¬≠si¬≠dent and gene¬≠ral mana¬≠ger, Ser¬≠ver Busi¬≠ness Unit, AMD. ‚ÄúA vir¬≠tua¬≠li¬≠zed or HCI envi¬≠ron¬≠ment powered by AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors gives the¬≠se data cen¬≠ter ope¬≠ra¬≠tors and IT admi¬≠nis¬≠tra¬≠tors the power to pro¬≠vi¬≠de a high-per¬≠for¬≠mance vir¬≠tua¬≠li¬≠zed envi¬≠ron¬≠ment with lea¬≠ding-edge secu¬≠ri¬≠ty fea¬≠tures, across a wide varie¬≠ty of OEM plat¬≠forms and soft¬≠ware solu¬≠ti¬≠ons. This will not only help them in this ‚Äėwork from any¬≠whe¬≠re‚Äô envi¬≠ron¬≠ment but also enable them to con¬≠tri¬≠bu¬≠te to their company‚Äôs busi¬≠ness goals.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúAs Nuta¬≠nix evol¬≠ves from deli¬≠ve¬≠ring indus¬≠try-lea¬≠ding HCI soft¬≠ware to hybrid cloud infra¬≠struc¬≠tu¬≠re we look to pro¬≠vi¬≠de our cus¬≠to¬≠mers with the best soft¬≠ware and hard¬≠ware solu¬≠ti¬≠ons to help moder¬≠ni¬≠ze their data cen¬≠ters, as part of their hybrid and mul¬≠ti¬≠cloud stra¬≠te¬≠gies,‚ÄĚ said Tar¬≠kan Maner, Chief Com¬≠mer¬≠cial Offi¬≠cer at Nuta¬≠nix. ‚ÄúNuta¬≠nix soft¬≠ware, along with OEM plat¬≠forms and AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors, deli¬≠ver the per¬≠for¬≠mance, fle¬≠xi¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty, and choice our cus¬≠to¬≠mers need to sup¬≠port data¬≠ba¬≠ses, ana¬≠ly¬≠tics, digi¬≠tal workspaces and other busi¬≠ness cri¬≠ti¬≠cal appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons. We‚Äôre exci¬≠ted to con¬≠ti¬≠nue this col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on with AMD and help our cus¬≠to¬≠mers moder¬≠ni¬≠ze their data centers.‚ÄĚ

The Growing AMD EPYC HCI Ecosystem

AMD EPYC‚ĄĘ pro¬≠ces¬≠sors have beco¬≠me a lea¬≠ding choice to dri¬≠ve inno¬≠va¬≠ti¬≠on of vir¬≠tua¬≠liza¬≠ti¬≠on and HCI solu¬≠ti¬≠ons due to its acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠ted per¬≠for¬≠mance, class lea¬≠ding memo¬≠ry capa¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ties,1 and advan¬≠ced secu¬≠ri¬≠ty fea¬≠tures. The¬≠se solu¬≠ti¬≠ons using AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors are now wide¬≠ly available, cus¬≠to¬≠mers have a choice of solu¬≠ti¬≠ons when moder¬≠ni¬≠zing their data centers.

‚ÄúIn our busi¬≠ness we are hea¬≠vi¬≠ly focu¬≠sed on HCI solu¬≠ti¬≠ons and soft¬≠ware defi¬≠ned sto¬≠rage and the AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors have dra¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠cal¬≠ly expan¬≠ded the hori¬≠zon of what we can build to sup¬≠port HCI and soft¬≠ware defi¬≠ned sto¬≠rage,‚ÄĚ said Alek¬≠san¬≠dr Ragel, co-foun¬≠der and Mana¬≠ging Part¬≠ner, Dia¬≠way. ‚ÄúThis is why we cho¬≠se the AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sor to power the DIAWAY EDGEBOX‚ĄĘ, a turn¬≠key solu¬≠ti¬≠on that‚Äôs ide¬≠al for lar¬≠ge-sca¬≠le soft¬≠ware-defi¬≠ned sto¬≠rage, HCI and diver¬≠se soft¬≠ware stacks. We‚Äôve seen cus¬≠to¬≠mers use the EPYC powered EDGEBOX for sto¬≠rage inten¬≠si¬≠ve workloads, and even pure HCI envi¬≠ron¬≠ments, whe¬≠re the EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sor does the com¬≠pu¬≠te and the EDGEBOX runs the manage¬≠ment lay¬≠er for a pri¬≠va¬≠te cloud. We are exci¬≠ted to con¬≠ti¬≠nue our work with AMD to deli¬≠ver fan¬≠ta¬≠stic HCI solu¬≠ti¬≠ons based on EPYC.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúAMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors have enab¬≠led us to deploy high-den¬≠si¬≠ty hyper¬≠con¬≠ver¬≠ged infra¬≠struc¬≠tu¬≠re ser¬≠vers with unpre¬≠ce¬≠den¬≠ted fle¬≠xi¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty,‚ÄĚ said Bart Wil¬≠lems, tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy direc¬≠tor, ATIPA Tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies. ‚ÄúThe AMD EPYC processor‚Äôs high core counts and sup¬≠port of PCIe 4 were instru¬≠men¬≠tal in allo¬≠wing us to pack more per¬≠for¬≠mance for more vir¬≠tu¬≠al machi¬≠nes with fas¬≠ter net¬≠work access and lower sto¬≠rage laten¬≠cy in as litt¬≠le data cen¬≠ter space as possible.‚ÄĚ

AMD has work­ed clo­se­ly with its OEM and soft­ware pro­vi­der part­ners to offer solu­ti­ons with lea­ding per­for­mance, sca­la­bi­li­ty, and total cost of owner­ship (TCO). The­se HCI solu­ti­ons include:

  • Dell Tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies
    • Dell EMC XC Core XC6515 ‚Äď The Dell EMC XC Core XC6515 is an AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sor based XC appli¬≠ance from Dell Tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies. Ful¬≠ly qua¬≠li¬≠fied by Nuta¬≠nix, the sin¬≠gle socket 1U chas¬≠sis pro¬≠vi¬≠des up to 64 high per¬≠for¬≠mance cores, PCIe¬ģ 4, and per¬≠for¬≠mance for VDI, data¬≠ba¬≠se, and ROBO workloads.
    • Dell EMC Solu¬≠ti¬≠ons for Azu¬≠re Stack HCI  ‚Äď The AX-6515 solu¬≠ti¬≠on is powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors and pro¬≠vi¬≠des advan¬≠ta¬≠ges for lever¬≠aging Micro¬≠soft vir¬≠tua¬≠liza¬≠ti¬≠on environments.
  • HPE
    • HPE Pro¬≠Li¬≠ant DX325 & DX385 opti¬≠mi¬≠zed with Nuta¬≠nix soft¬≠ware ‚Äď Using AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors based on HPE Pro¬≠Li¬≠ant ser¬≠vers, which are the world‚Äôs most indus¬≠try-stan¬≠dard ser¬≠vers, are an advan¬≠ced choice for cus¬≠to¬≠mers sel¬≠ec¬≠ting Nuta¬≠nix soft¬≠ware with HPE.
    • HPE Pro¬≠Li¬≠ant DL325 and DL385 Gen10 ser¬≠vers with HPE Nim¬≠ble Sto¬≠rage dHCI ‚Äď Using 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors, the¬≠se ser¬≠vers are archi¬≠tec¬≠ted for VDI users, busi¬≠ness-cri¬≠ti¬≠cal appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons, and mixed workloads with unpre¬≠dic¬≠ta¬≠ble growth.
    • HPE Sim¬≠pli¬≠Vi¬≠ty 325 Gen10 HCI ‚ÄďAn indus¬≠try-lea¬≠ding HCI solu¬≠ti¬≠on for the enter¬≠pri¬≠se edge¬≠ba¬≠sed on the HPE DL325 Gen 10 ser¬≠ver using the HPE Sim¬≠pli¬≠Vi¬≠ty HCI soft¬≠ware and powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors. The solu¬≠ti¬≠on offers cus¬≠to¬≠mers a small 1U foot¬≠print, 2‚ÄĎnode high avai¬≠la¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty, that lowers TCO with indus¬≠try-lea¬≠ding VDI-den¬≠si¬≠ty.
  • Leno¬≠vo Data Cen¬≠ter Group
    • Leno¬≠vo Thin¬≠kA¬≠gi¬≠le HX ‚Äď in col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on with Nuta¬≠nix and AMD, Leno¬≠vo recent¬≠ly announ¬≠ced the new Leno¬≠vo Thin¬≠kA¬≠gi¬≠le HX HCI solu¬≠ti¬≠ons powered by AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors, enab¬≠ling cus¬≠to¬≠mers to run vir¬≠tu¬≠al desk¬≠top workloads at a hig¬≠her den¬≠si¬≠ty, and main¬≠tain con¬≠sis¬≠tent per¬≠for¬≠mance (in the same 1U form fac¬≠tor), with up to 50% fewer ser¬≠vers.2  
    • The Leno¬≠vo Thin¬≠kA¬≠gi¬≠le HX 3000 Series appli¬≠ance ‚Äď Fea¬≠turing AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors, it is available in a rack-den¬≠se 1U 1‚ÄĎnode form-fac¬≠tor and sup¬≠ports high memo¬≠ry and core den¬≠si¬≠ty, making it a good solu¬≠ti¬≠on for vir¬≠tu¬≠al desk¬≠top infra¬≠struc¬≠tu¬≠re and gene¬≠ral vir¬≠tua¬≠liza¬≠ti¬≠on workloads.

As HCI con­ti­nues to pro­vi­de effi­ci­en­ci­es and agi­li­ty for deman­ding IT requi­re­ments dri­ving the cus­to­mers’ cloud expe­ri­ence, AMD has been working clo­se­ly with our eco­sys­tem part­ners to deli­ver ful­ly tes­ted and vali­da­ted solu­ti­ons. With the ongo­ing suc­cess with indus­try part­ners like Dell Tech­no­lo­gies, HPE, Leno­vo, Micro­soft and Nuta­nix, AMD is com­mit­ted to con­ti­nue pro­vi­ding the best pos­si­ble solu­ti­ons for part­ners and customers.

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For more than 50 years AMD has dri¬≠ven inno¬≠va¬≠ti¬≠on in high-per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ting, gra¬≠phics and visua¬≠liza¬≠ti¬≠on tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies ‚Äē the buil¬≠ding blocks for gam¬≠ing, immersi¬≠ve plat¬≠forms and the dat¬≠a¬≠cen¬≠ter. Hundreds of mil¬≠li¬≠ons of con¬≠su¬≠mers, lea¬≠ding For¬≠tu¬≠ne 500 busi¬≠nesses and cut¬≠ting-edge sci¬≠en¬≠ti¬≠fic rese¬≠arch faci¬≠li¬≠ties around the world rely on AMD tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy dai¬≠ly to impro¬≠ve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focu¬≠sed on buil¬≠ding gre¬≠at pro¬≠ducts that push the boun¬≠da¬≠ries of what is pos¬≠si¬≠ble. For more infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on about how AMD is enab¬≠ling today and inspi¬≠ring tomor¬≠row, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMDweb¬≠siteblogFace¬≠book and Twit¬≠ter pages.

  1. EPYC‚ĄĘ 7002 series has 8 memo¬≠ry chan¬≠nels, sup¬≠port¬≠ing 3200 MHz DIMMs yiel¬≠ding 204.8 GB/s of band¬≠width vs. the same class of Intel Sca¬≠lable Gen 2 pro¬≠ces¬≠sors with only 6 memo¬≠ry chan¬≠nels and sup¬≠port¬≠ing 2933 MHz DIMMs yiel¬≠ding 140.8 GB/s of band¬≠width. 204.8 / 140.8 = 1.454545 ‚ÄĒ 1.0 = .45 or 45% more.  AMD EPYC has 45% more band¬≠width. Class based on indus¬≠try-stan¬≠dard pin-based (LGA) X86 pro¬≠ces¬≠sors. ROM-11
  2. Thin¬≠kA¬≠gi¬≠le HX Intel plat¬≠form can have a maxi¬≠mum of 56C in a 2S plat¬≠form vs. 128C in Thin¬≠kA¬≠gi¬≠le HX AMD based plat¬≠form. Hig¬≠her VDI den¬≠si¬≠ty cla¬≠im is based on extra¬≠po¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on of per¬≠for¬≠mance results for vir¬≠tu¬≠al desk¬≠tops on Thin¬≠kA¬≠gi¬≠le HX and Think¬≠Sys¬≠tem with Citrix. A 2S Intel Thin¬≠kA¬≠gi¬≠le HX plat¬≠form with 28C CPU would sup¬≠port appro¬≠xi¬≠m¬≠ate¬≠ly 260 Know¬≠ledge workers per node when sys¬≠tem is CPU bound based on ( Table 7 Sec¬≠tion 4.6.2). A 2S AMD Thin¬≠kA¬≠gi¬≠le HX plat¬≠form with 64C CPU would sup¬≠port 500 Know¬≠ledge workers per node based on ‚ÄĒ Table 11 Sec¬≠tion 4.3.2. This gives us appro¬≠xi¬≠m¬≠ate¬≠ly 92% impro¬≠ve¬≠ment in Citrix Know¬≠ledge. AMD has not inde¬≠pendent¬≠ly veri¬≠fied this data.

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