Industry-Leading AMD Pensando DPUs Enable Accelerated Data Centers with VMware vSphere 8

AMD Pensando high-performance Distributed Services Card currently deployed at scale across hyperscalers, cloud service providers and enterprises —

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announ­ced that the AMD Pen­san­do Dis­tri­bu­t­ed Ser­vices Card, powe­red by the industry’s most advan­ced data pro­ces­sing unit (DPU)1, will be one of the first DPU solu­ti­ons to sup­port VMware vSphe­re® 8 avail­ab­le from lea­ding ser­ver ven­dors inclu­ding Dell Tech­no­lo­gies, HPE and Lenovo.

As data cen­ter app­li­ca­ti­ons grow in sca­le and sophisti­ca­ti­on, the resul­ting workloads incre­a­se the demand on infra­st­ruc­tu­re ser­vices as well as cru­cial CPU resour­ces. VMware vSphe­re 8 aims to reim­agi­ne IT infra­st­ruc­tu­re as a com­po­sable archi­tec­tu­re with a goal of off­loading infra­st­ruc­tu­re workloads such as net­wor­king, sto­rage, and secu­ri­ty from the CPU by lever­aging the new vSphe­re Dis­tri­bu­t­ed Ser­vices Engi­ne, fre­eing up valu­able CPU cycles to be used for busi­ness func­tions and reve­nue genera­ting applications.

The ful­ly pro­gramm­a­ble AMD Pen­san­do DPU is at the core of this shift toward soft­ware-defi­ned infra­st­ruc­tu­re. The VMware vSphe­re Dis­tri­bu­t­ed Ser­vices Engi­ne and AMD Pen­san­do DPUs can help cus­to­mers redu­ce ope­ra­tio­nal cos­ts by uni­fy­ing workload manage­ment, impro­ving per­for­mance by fre­eing up CPU resour­ces, and pro­vi­ding an added lay­er of secu­ri­ty by iso­la­ting infra­st­ruc­tu­re ser­vices from ser­ver ten­ant workloads. Ear­ly cus­to­mers of vSphe­re Dis­tri­bu­t­ed Ser­vices Engi­ne, acce­le­ra­ted by AMD Pen­san­do DPUs, inclu­de a lea­ding finan­cial ser­vices pro­vi­der, a mul­ti-cloud solu­ti­ons hos­ter and a lea­ding busi­ness app­li­ca­ti­ons company.

Per­for­mance, effi­ci­en­cy and secu­ri­ty are inte­gral com­pon­ents of com­pe­ti­ti­ve offe­rings wit­hin cloud com­pu­ting and hyper­con­ver­ged infra­st­ruc­tu­re,” said For­rest Nor­rod, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Data Cen­ter Solu­ti­ons Group, AMD. “VMware vSphe­re 8, run­ning on AMD Pen­san­do DPUs, is a key step in brin­ging the indus­try clo­ser to com­po­sable hard­ware sys­tems and tru­ly per­va­si­ve hete­ro­ge­ne­ous com­pu­ting. AMD is uni­que­ly posi­tio­ned in the indus­try to deli­ver per­for­mance, effi­ci­en­cy and secu­ri­ty with a dis­tri­bu­t­ed ser­vices plat­form that is cur­r­ent­ly deploy­ed with major cus­to­mers inclu­ding Gold­man Sachs, Micro­soft Azu­re, NetAPP, IBM Cloud and Ora­cle Cloud.”

Modern app­li­ca­ti­ons are dri­ving workload spe­ci­fic requi­re­ments into the infra­st­ruc­tu­re. This has given rise to the need to reim­agi­ne data cen­ter archi­tec­tu­re with main­stream sup­port for acce­le­ra­tors such as DPUs,” said Krish Pra­sad, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, VMware Cloud Plat­form Busi­ness, VMware. “With com­bi­ned solu­ti­ons fea­turing VMware vSphe­re 8 with Dis­tri­bu­t­ed Ser­vices Engi­ne capa­bi­li­ties and AMD Pen­san­do DPUs and EPYC CPUs, cus­to­mers can impro­ve infra­st­ruc­tu­re per­for­mance, boost infra­st­ruc­tu­re secu­ri­ty and sup­port the evo­lu­ti­on of cloud infra­st­ruc­tu­re for modern applications.”

Tog­e­ther with VMware and AMD, HPE con­ti­nues to defi­ne the enter­pri­se archi­tec­tu­re of the next deca­de,” said Kris­ta Sat­ter­thwai­te, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Main­stream Com­pu­te, HPE. “The HPE Pro­Li­ant, with vSphe­re Dis­tri­bu­t­ed Ser­vices Engi­ne, opti­mi­zes resour­ces for data-inten­si­ve app­li­ca­ti­ons by reli­e­ving the CPU of net­wor­king ser­vices, all with zero-trust secu­ri­ty and high-per­for­mance. The new inte­gra­ted solu­ti­on offers cus­to­mers a sim­pli­fied ope­ra­tio­nal expe­ri­ence com­bi­ning net­wor­king, secu­ri­ty, sto­rage, manage­ment, and lifecy­cle ser­vices to boost app­li­ca­ti­on per­for­mance and impro­ve TCO.”

Orga­niz­a­ti­ons are incre­a­singly see­king IT infra­st­ruc­tu­re that is com­po­sable and deli­vers a cloud-like expe­ri­ence whe­re­ver their data lives,” said Ashish Nad­kar­ni, group vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Infra­st­ruc­tu­re Sys­tems, Plat­forms and Tech­no­lo­gies and Buy­er­View Rese­arch, IDC. “AMD Pensando’s volu­me deploy­ments with cloud pro­vi­ders are a clear indi­ca­ti­on of the capa­bi­li­ties of the plat­form, we expect to see a high degree of inte­rest from enter­pri­ses inte­res­ted in vSphe­re Dis­tri­bu­t­ed Ser­vices Engi­ne deployments.”

VMware also intro­du­ced several new fea­tures to their enter­pri­se workload plat­form, VMware vSphe­re 8. The deep col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween AMD and VMware con­ti­nues to deli­ver on the secu­ri­ty cus­to­mers have come to expect from the AMD Infi­ni­ty Guard set of fea­tures, inclu­ding the AMD Secu­re Encryp­ted Vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on (SEV) and Secu­re Encryp­ted Vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on – Encryp­ted Sta­te (SEV-ES) advan­ced tech­no­lo­gy fea­tures of AMD EPYC™ pro­ces­sors. Final­ly, VMware announ­ced the latest update to their soft­ware defi­ned sto­rage solu­ti­on, vSAN 8. AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors con­ti­nue to offer excep­tio­nal per­for­mance for tra­di­tio­nal and next-gen workloads on VMware HCI powe­red by vSAN 8.

VMware vSphe­re 8 solu­ti­ons from Dell Tech­no­lo­gies and HPE, acce­le­ra­ted by AMD Pen­san­do Dis­tri­bu­t­ed Ser­vices Card, will be avail­ab­le in the com­ing mon­ths. AMD EPYC pro­ces­sor sup­port for VMware vSphe­re 8 will be avail­ab­le upon launch.

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1 The AMD Pen­san­do DPU is ship­ping today based on a 7nm pro­cess with sup­port for 400G through­put which pla­ces it at least one genera­ti­on ahead of any other DPU on the mar­ket. Clo­sest com­pe­ti­tor is based on a 16nm process.