The AMD EPYC™ Server Ecosystem Grows with New HCI Solutions From Nutanix and Other Partners Supporting “Work from Anywhere” Environment

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

AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors with Nuta­nix Hybrid Cloud Infra­st­ruc­tu­re deli­ver excep­tio­nal per­for­mance for the Mulit­cloud Era


AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announ­ced the con­ti­nued expan­si­on of the AMD EPYC™ pro­ces­sor eco­sys­tem for vir­tua­li­zed envi­ron­ments and hyper­con­ver­ged infra­st­ruc­tu­re (HCI) with Leno­vo announ­cing the Thin­kA­gi­le HX, the latest solu­ti­on based on AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors and Nutanix’s hybrid cloud infra­st­ruc­tu­re solu­ti­on. This new solu­ti­on expands the eco­sys­tem of AMD EPYC based cloud and vir­tua­li­zed solutions.

As cus­to­mers want more value for their data cen­ter bud­get, IT depart­ments are moving to HCI to moder­ni­ze and trans­form their enter­pri­se data cen­ter. This crea­tes a high per­forming and effi­ci­ent data cen­ter that is easier to mana­ge for the quick-chan­ging needs of busi­nes­ses. By choo­sing AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors and Nuta­nix hybrid and mul­ti­cloud solu­ti­ons, cus­to­mers can acce­le­ra­te workloads like digi­tal works­paces inclu­ding VDI with fan­tastic per­for­mance, advan­ced secu­ri­ty fea­tures, and broad eco­sys­tem sup­port from major ISVs and OEM partners.

IT lea­ders are faced with a dif­fi­cult and evol­ving situa­ti­on right now. As more employees are in a ‘work from any­whe­re’ situa­ti­on, they have to rethink their data cen­ter ope­ra­ti­ons and move them to a more digi­tal and modern envi­ron­ment that can pro­vi­de the secu­ri­ty, per­for­mance and agi­li­ty nee­ded to sup­port their busi­ness,” said Dan McNa­ma­ra, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Ser­ver Busi­ness Unit, AMD. “A vir­tua­li­zed or HCI envi­ron­ment powe­red by AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors gives the­se data cen­ter ope­ra­tors and IT admi­nis­tra­tors the power to pro­vi­de a high-per­for­mance vir­tua­li­zed envi­ron­ment with lea­ding-edge secu­ri­ty fea­tures, across a wide varie­ty of OEM plat­forms and soft­ware solu­ti­ons. This will not only help them in this ‘work from any­whe­re’ envi­ron­ment but also enab­le them to con­tri­bu­te to their company’s busi­ness goals.”

As Nuta­nix evol­ves from deli­vering indus­try-lea­ding HCI soft­ware to hybrid cloud infra­st­ruc­tu­re we look to pro­vi­de our cus­to­mers with the best soft­ware and hard­ware solu­ti­ons to help moder­ni­ze their data cen­ters, as part of their hybrid and mul­ti­cloud stra­te­gies,” said Tar­kan Maner, Chief Com­mer­cial Offi­cer at Nuta­nix. “Nuta­nix soft­ware, along with OEM plat­forms and AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, deli­ver the per­for­mance, fle­xi­bi­li­ty, and choice our cus­to­mers need to sup­port data­ba­ses, ana­ly­tics, digi­tal works­paces and other busi­ness cri­ti­cal app­li­ca­ti­ons. We’re exci­ted to con­ti­nue this col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with AMD and help our cus­to­mers moder­ni­ze their data centers.”

The Growing AMD EPYC HCI Ecosystem

AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors have beco­me a lea­ding choice to dri­ve inno­va­ti­on of vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on and HCI solu­ti­ons due to its acce­le­ra­ted per­for­mance, class lea­ding memo­ry capa­bi­li­ties,1 and advan­ced secu­ri­ty fea­tures. The­se solu­ti­ons using AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors are now wide­ly avail­ab­le, cus­to­mers have a choice of solu­ti­ons when moder­ni­zing their data centers.

In our busi­ness we are hea­vi­ly focu­sed on HCI solu­ti­ons and soft­ware defi­ned sto­rage and the AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors have dra­ma­ti­cal­ly expan­ded the hori­zon of what we can build to sup­port HCI and soft­ware defi­ned sto­rage,” said Alek­san­dr Ragel, co-foun­der and Mana­ging Part­ner, Dia­way. “This is why we cho­se the AMD EPYC pro­ces­sor to power the DIAWAY EDGEBOX™, a turn­key solu­ti­on that’s ide­al for lar­ge-sca­le soft­ware-defi­ned sto­rage, HCI and diver­se soft­ware stacks. We’ve seen cus­to­mers use the EPYC powe­red EDGEBOX for sto­rage inten­si­ve workloads, and even pure HCI envi­ron­ments, whe­re the EPYC pro­ces­sor does the com­pu­te and the EDGEBOX runs the manage­ment lay­er for a pri­va­te cloud. We are exci­ted to con­ti­nue our work with AMD to deli­ver fan­tastic HCI solu­ti­ons based on EPYC.”

AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors have enab­led us to deploy high-den­si­ty hyper­con­ver­ged infra­st­ruc­tu­re ser­vers with unpre­ce­den­ted fle­xi­bi­li­ty,” said Bart Wil­lems, tech­no­lo­gy direc­tor, ATIPA Tech­no­lo­gies. “The AMD EPYC processor’s high core counts and sup­port of PCIe 4 were instru­men­tal in allowing us to pack more per­for­mance for more vir­tu­al machi­nes with fas­ter net­work access and lower sto­rage laten­cy in as litt­le data cen­ter space as possible.”

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 Tech­no­lo­gies
    • Dell EMC XC Core XC6515 – The Dell EMC XC Core XC6515 is an AMD EPYC pro­ces­sor based XC app­li­an­ce from Dell Tech­no­lo­gies. Ful­ly qua­li­fied by Nuta­nix, the sin­gle socket 1U chas­sis pro­vi­des up to 64 high per­for­mance cores, PCIe® 4, and per­for­mance for VDI, data­ba­se, and ROBO workloads.
    • Dell EMC Solu­ti­ons for Azu­re Stack HCI  – The AX-6515 solu­ti­on is powe­red by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors and pro­vi­des advan­ta­ges for lever­aging Micro­soft vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on environments.
  • HPE
    • HPE Pro­Li­ant DX325 & DX385 opti­mi­zed with Nuta­nix soft­ware – Using AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors based on HPE Pro­Li­ant ser­vers, which are the world’s most indus­try-stan­dard ser­vers, are an advan­ced choice for cus­to­mers selec­ting Nuta­nix soft­ware with HPE.
    • HPE Pro­Li­ant DL325 and DL385 Gen10 ser­vers with HPE Nim­ble Sto­rage dHCI – Using 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, the­se ser­vers are archi­tec­ted for VDI users, busi­ness-cri­ti­cal app­li­ca­ti­ons, and mixed workloads with unpre­dic­ta­ble growth.
    • HPE Sim­pli­Vi­ty 325 Gen10 HCI –An indus­try-lea­ding HCI solu­ti­on for the enter­pri­se edge­ba­sed on the HPE DL325 Gen 10 ser­ver using the HPE Sim­pli­Vi­ty HCI soft­ware and powe­red by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors. The solu­ti­on offers cus­to­mers a small 1U foot­print, 2‑node high avai­la­bi­li­ty, that lowers TCO with indus­try-lea­ding VDI-den­si­ty.
  • Leno­vo Data Cen­ter Group
    • Leno­vo Thin­kA­gi­le HX in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Nuta­nix and AMD, Leno­vo recent­ly announ­ced the new Leno­vo Thin­kA­gi­le HX HCI solu­ti­ons powe­red by AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, enab­ling cus­to­mers to run vir­tu­al desk­top workloads at a hig­her den­si­ty, and main­tain con­sis­tent per­for­mance (in the same 1U form fac­tor), with up to 50% fewer ser­vers.2  
    • The Leno­vo Thin­kA­gi­le HX 3000 Seri­es app­li­an­ce – Fea­turing AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, it is avail­ab­le in a rack-den­se 1U 1‑node form-fac­tor and sup­ports high memo­ry and core den­si­ty, making it a good solu­ti­on for vir­tu­al desk­top infra­st­ruc­tu­re and gene­ral vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on 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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About AMD

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  1. 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
  2. Thin­kA­gi­le HX Intel plat­form can have a maxi­mum of 56C in a 2S plat­form vs. 128C in Thin­kA­gi­le HX AMD based plat­form. Hig­her VDI den­si­ty claim is based on extra­po­la­ti­on of per­for­mance results for vir­tu­al desk­tops on Thin­kA­gi­le HX and Think­Sys­tem with Citrix. A 2S Intel Thin­kA­gi­le HX plat­form with 28C CPU would sup­port appro­xi­mate­ly 260 Know­ledge workers per node when sys­tem is CPU bound based on ( Table 7 Sec­tion 4.6.2). A 2S AMD Thin­kA­gi­le HX plat­form with 64C CPU would sup­port 500 Know­ledge workers per node based on — Table 11 Sec­tion 4.3.2. This gives us appro­xi­mate­ly 92% impro­ve­ment in Citrix Know­ledge. AMD has not inde­pendent­ly veri­fied this data.

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