Showcasing Innovations for Digital Transformation at VMworld

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VMworld is VMware’s premier digital infrastructure event. The August 26–30 conference in Las Vegas offered education, training, and insights into current and future digital infrastructure trends. Attendees networked with peers and made new connections, got direct experience and training with hands-on labs, and discovered new product breakthroughs. 
Together with VMware and other ecosystem partners, experts from Intel met with attendees, led workshops and presented technical sessions. Topics ranged from getting the most out of virtual networking to cutting through multi-cloud complexity.
Attendees got previews of new technology such as Intel® Optane® DC Persistent Memory and VMware* vSAN* on Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid-state drives (SSDs). In a session with VMware vSAN experts, we shared new benchmarks1 showing 13x performance increase and 10x price/performance improvements when using VMware vSAN 6.7 with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC SSDs.  

Virtual Networking

VMware’s Calvin Chai and Intel’s Bob Ghaffari teamed up to present VMware NSX and Getting the Most out of your Infrastructure. The session delved into the performance of software-defined technologies for today’s world of applications and dynamic workloads. 
Using metrics for latency, availability, throughput, and processing power, Calvin and Bob showed the value of a hyper-converged, software-based data center, and they described Intel and VMware technologies optimized for network workloads.  
As we examine what enterprise and service provider end-customers care about most, especially in networking, the primary themes are: latency and application availability, especially for mission critical applications; micro-segmentation and security; and scalability for multiple workloads.
Responding to those needs, The Virtual Cloud Network delivers a complete infrastructure in software for connecting and protecting workloads. Based on VMware NSX running on the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with Intel® accelerators, interconnect, NICs and SSDs, the Virtual Cloud Network can deliver more operational speed and agility, simplified compliance, increased competitiveness, and increased revenue. 
Virtual Cloud Network
The Virtual Cloud Network is a vision of the future of networking to empower customers to connect and protect applications and data, regardless of where they sit.
Because the network is all delivered in software, it brings together programmability, agility and adaptability that enables organizations to move faster, based on applications that they are deploying and managing. And security is built in, not bolted on. It is application and data centric: building consistency in the network and security policy for data and applications regardless of where they are running.  
Cloud service providers and enterprise data centers use the Virtual Cloud Network for their most critical network use cases, such as:
  • Security - Micro-segmentation, endpoint detection and response, encryption
  • Automation - Visibility and insight, lifecycle automation, streamline operations
  • Multi-cloud networking - Consistent policy, disaster recovery, workload mobility
  • WAN and Branch – Branch transformation, WAN management, optimize cloud access
  • Cloud-native - Container networking, container security, container visibility

Cut Through Multi-Cloud Complexity

VMware’s Ashvin Moro teamed up with Intel’s Melinda Safdarzadeh to present a session called How to Cut through Multi-cloud Complexity. Their aim was to help attendees develop and deploy solutions that will provide operational simplicity, greater agility, and better performance, all at the right cost.
Digital transformation will create new possibilities. Ashvin and Melinda cited an IDC prediction that by 2020, 50% of Forbes Global 2000* companies will see the majority of their businesses depending on digitally enhanced products, services, and experiences. 
Even with tremendous growth in the public cloud, the majority of workloads reside on- premises, so there is a growing need for a hybrid cloud. That is driving robust growth in the market for hybrid cloud services, which our surveys suggest will grow at a 22.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2021.
Many enterprises are evaluating hybrid cloud strategies as the optimal path forward, where blended use of public and private cloud infrastructures can help businesses reap the advantages of both. A hybrid approach can unleash the benefits of cloud agility and flexibility while also balancing the governance, security, and customization requirements of legacy on-premises applications.
A holistic cloud strategy begins with an evaluation of the unique characteristics and economics of public and private cloud approaches that can determine the right distribution of workloads across based on business objectives and IT policies.
That is the mission of VMware* Cloud Foundation. The fully integrated hybrid cloud platform delivers a set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, security, and cloud management in private or public environments. 
VMware Cloud Foundation makes operating the data center simpler by deploying a standardized and validated architecture for the entire cloud stack. Cloud Foundation includes end to end security, from micro-segmentation at the networking layer down to encryption at the storage layer. And in the public cloud, VMware Cloud Foundation can be consumed as-a-service through VMware Cloud on AWS, IBM, Rackspace, and others – enabling a true hybrid cloud based on a common and compatible platform that stretches from on- to off-premises.
VMware Cloud Foundation is optimized for Intel® architecture, including Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, the Intel® Optane Solid State Drive (SSD) Data Center (DC) Family, and Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapters.
As Intel continues to partner with the ecosystem, we’ve found a way to deliver optimized, easy to deploy infrastructure, reducing time to deployment and value. Developed together with the leading systems and software vendors, Intel® Select Solutions reference architectures include specific hardware/firmware/software configurations.
Intel Select Solution for VMware
The VMware* Cloud Foundation joins a growing set of Intel Select Solutions, including Intel Select Solutions for vSAN*, and offers a rigorous verification process to ensure that it meets or exceeds pre-defined system level benchmarks. 

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1The vSAN 13x performance increase and 10x price/performance improvement claims are based on the following citation and configuration:
  • Source:  The Evaluator Group, August 2018.  Report to be publicly available by September 1, 2018.
  • Baseline configuration:  Four-node cluster, based on four Intel® Server Boards S2600WTT, each with 2x Intel® Xeon® processors E5-2699 v4 (22 cores @ 2.2 GHz with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology); tested with 256 GB DRAM, priced for comparison at 512 GB DRAM; 1x Intel® SSD DC S3700-400; 4x Seagate 1 TB HDD;  VSAN 6.5;  IOmark-VM-HC validated configuration. Performance: 88 IOmark-VM-HC. Price/performance: $1,862/IOmark-VM-HC. 
  • Select Solution-compliant configuration:  Four-node cluster, based on four Intel® Server Systems R2208WF, each with 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6154 (18 cores @ 3.0 GHz with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology); tested with 256 GB DRAM, priced for comparison with 2x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8168 (24 cores @ 2.7 GHz) at 768 GB DRAM; Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540 AT2; 2x Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X Series; 4x Intel® SSD DC P4500 Series 4TB.  VSAN 6.7.   Configuration not IOmark VM-HC validated. Performance: 1,152 IOmark-VMs (Note: Measured as a storage system, not hyper-converged). Price/performance: $230/IOmark-VM (Note: Measured as a storage system, not hyper-converged).
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