Nvidia and VMware team up to make GPU virtualization easier

Tech crunch | August 26, 2019

Nvidia and VMware team up to make GPU virtualization easier
Nvidia today announced that it has been working with VMware to bring its virtual GPU technology (vGPU) to VMware’s vSphere and VMware Cloud on AWS. The company’s core vGPU technology isn’t new, but it now supports server virtualization to enable enterprises to run their hardware-accelerated AI and data science workloads in environments like VMware’s vSphere, using its new vComputeServer technology. Traditionally (as far as that’s a thing in AI training), GPU-accelerated workloads tend to run on bare metal servers, which were typically managed separately from the rest of a company’s servers. With vComputeServer, IT admins can better streamline management of GPU accelerated virtualized servers while retaining existing workflows and lowering overall operational costs,” Nvidia explains in today’s announcement. This also means that businesses will reap the cost benefits of GPU sharing and aggregation, thanks to the improved utilization this technology promises.

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Red Hat Announces New Offerings to Accelerate Open Hybrid Cloud Technologies

Red Hat | April 28, 2020

New technologies double down on vision to enable customers to ‘build anything, deploy everywhere,’ from the edge to hybrid and multicloud environments. OpenShift virtualization and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes break down application barriers and extend control over distributed resources. Latest version of leading enterprise Kubernetes platform delivers enhancements to prime developers and operation teams for cloud-native operations. Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new offerings to help organizations of all sizes and industries optimize, scale or simply protect IT operations in the face of shifting global dynamics. Red Hat has long championed technology evolutions and wants to enable customers to build any application and deploy everywhere with the consistency and flexibility an open hybrid cloud foundation provides. Building on this vision, Red Hat’s new offerings are designed to improve the delivery, accessibility and stability of critical services and applications on a worldwide scale on the backbone of the hybrid cloud. More than ever before, Red Hat sees a need for IT to evolve to meet rapidly expanding demand for always-on digital services and ever-present connectivity. Nearly every industry, including healthcare, logistics, retail, financial services, government, education and more, is adapting in real-time to meet demand for faster, more widespread access to essential applications and services while maintaining operational stability. In the telecommunications industry, for example, traffic has spiked by more than 50% in some global regions. This surge has led telecommunications and service providers to expand capacity and speed up 5G deployments and edge computing, in turn driving examinations of network and cloud infrastructure readiness. Perhaps more than ever before, the unique needs of every organization are in sharp focus - some need to scale operations immediately to meet relentless services demand while others seek to strengthen and maintain core IT operations. Rather than only provide technologies to address one need or the other, Red Hat provides a flexible, fully open set of solutions to our customers, meeting them where they are with what they need. This could be the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform to drive greater operational stability or the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform to help rapidly scale services for critical demands, all backed by our expertise, experience and commitment to helping global communities at large, not just our immediate customers. Paul Cormier, president and CEO, Red Hat. Red Hat believes that the necessary technologies for meeting these needs are not tied to legacy software stacks or rooted in expensive proprietary technologies. Instead, the answers will be driven by open source innovation, enabling organizations to take advantage of cloud-native platforms everywhere, from the edge and on-premises datacenters to multiple public clouds. With open source technologies like Linux and Kubernetes, organizations not only have access to innovation that can help them build what's next and keep them at the forefront of their industries, but also automate, adapt and scale existing operations across IT environments with greater flexibility than proprietary vendors can provide. Read More: Computing, Cost Savings and the Cloud: The Value of Virtualization Traditional and cloud-native applications, unified and managed from the core to the edge. Red Hat’s leadership in open source communities is not for marketing or convenience. In Kubernetes, Red Hat was an early contributor alongside Google and remains the second-leading corporate contributor to Kubernetes. Red Hat is helping to advance the key technologies in Kubernetes and related communities which are enabling this cross-industry IT evolution. With Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat pioneered an enterprise Kubernetes platform that has enabled customers to embrace cloud-native approaches while also supporting existing traditional applications. Red Hat OpenShift is trusted by customers across industries because of this differentiated approach. To help further eliminate the barriers between traditional and cloud-native applications, Red Hat is introducing capabilities that enable new workloads on OpenShift and that meet customers where they are. Today Red Hat announced: OpenShift virtualization, a new feature available as a Technology Preview within Red Hat OpenShift, derived from the KubeVirt open source project. It enables organizations to develop, deploy and manage applications consisting of virtual machines alongside containers and serverless, all in one modern platform that unifies cloud-native and traditional workloads. While some vendors seek to protect legacy technology stacks by dragging Kubernetes and cloud-native functionality backwards to preserve proprietary virtualization, Red Hat does the opposite: Bringing traditional application stacks forward into a layer of open innovation, enabling customers to truly transform at their speed, not at the whims of proprietary lock-in. Read more about OpenShift virtualization’s new container-native virtualization capabilities. Read More: Introducing virtio-networking: Combining virtualization and networking for modern IT About Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

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IGEL Releases Support for VMware Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub for Linux

IGEL | December 09, 2021

IGEL, provider of the next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, announced support for VMware Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub for Linux, which facilitates communication between IGEL OS-powered devices and the Workspace ONE Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) console. As a result, mutual VMware and IGEL customers can now simplify device management from a single view for greater visibility and compliance of devices across the enterprise. With the development of Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub for Linux, VMware has affirmed its view of the importance of Linux devices at the endpoint. IGEL is pleased to deliver rapid support for the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub for Linux to empower its customers with unified visibility to improve their endpoint asset management, productivity and insights. This is another landmark step in our strategic journey to deliver greater integration for VMware Horizon users as they leverage the anywhere workspace for a productive and engaging user experience." Bill McCarthy, Vice President, Business Development, IGEL Thousands of IGEL customers already use IGEL OS to securely access VMware Horizon desktops and workloads every day. The expansion of the partnership extends the value of Workspace ONE to include IGEL OS endpoints, regardless of where they are located. "IGEL is a valuable VMware partner and we are pleased to see the delivery of their support for Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub for Linux," said Jason Roszak, Vice President of Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware. "Linux devices are a strategic component in the fabric of today's enterprise environments and we are excited to empower customers that have embraced IGEL OS with a simple and more secure solution to manage their apps and devices in a single view. Using Workspace ONE Intelligence and data aggregation, our mutual customers can better manage enterprise complexity and security without compromising on user experience." "We believe there is a tremendous value that can be derived from the partnerships and alliances formed between our key vendor partners, and IGEL's collaboration with VMware and support for VMware Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub for Linux is a great example of this," said Mike Strohl, CEO, Entisys360. "Through this alliance, Entisys360 is able to grow our IGEL business further by providing our mutual customers with the ability to simply and securely manage their Workspace ONE desktops and workloads powered by IGEL OS. This unified visibility of both apps and devices improves the end user experience and overall organizational productivity, two significant challenges our customers are solving for in their IT infrastructure environments." Support for the VMware Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub for Linux will be available as a custom partition which can be deployed to IGEL OS devices allowing them to be enrolled into Workspace ONE. This enables IGEL OS and Workspace ONE to offer management capabilities that include asset management and insights for IT productivity and compliance processes. The two companies are also collaborating on cloud connector technology for IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) and VMware Workspace ONE UEM which will deliver increased management insights and policy-based control for VMware Horizon and IGEL users. This new IGEL development with VMware is the latest in a long-standing technology partnership between the two companies. Earlier this year, IGEL announced that its product would support VMware Horizon 2106 Microsoft Teams optimization for Linux to support high-fidelity connectivity and collaboration using IGEL OS-powered endpoints. A year ago, IGEL announced its validation of IGEL OS with VMware Horizon 8 and that it has renewed its Advanced tier membership in VMware's Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. VMware is also a strategic member of the IGEL Ready technology partner program which validates and verifies interoperability of solutions. About IGEL IGEL is one of the world's leading providers of next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. The company's innovative software products include IGEL OS, IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS), and IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG). These solutions comprise a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform across nearly any x86 device and some ARM/RPI4 devices. Easily acquired via just two feature-rich software offerings, — Workspace Edition and Enterprise Management Pack — IGEL software presents outstanding value per investment. IGEL enables enterprises to save vast amounts of money by extending the useful life of their existing endpoint devices while precisely controlling all devices running IGEL OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices in Europe and the United States and is represented by partners in over 50 countries.

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SPEC Releases New SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 Benchmark

Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) | September 18, 2021

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation’s (SPEC) Virtualization Committee released the SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark, a new multi-host benchmark for measuring the performance of a scaled-out datacenter. The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark uses real-world and simulated workloads to measure the overall efficiency of virtualization solutions and their management environments. The new benchmark complements the existing SPECvirt_sc 2013 server consolidation benchmark, which is designed for a single-host environment. Today’s datacenters use clusters of servers to ensure reliability, availability, serviceability, and security. Adding virtualization to a clustered solution enhances server optimization, flexibility, and application availability while reducing costs through server and datacenter consolidation. While the SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark enables analysis of these more complex multi-host environments, it is much easier to use than the SPECvirt_sc 2013 benchmark, providing a single virtual machine (VM) template to set up its harness and workloads. The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark supports multiple hypervisor vendor solutions and ships with support for RHV 4.x and vSphere 6.x and 7.x. “The ongoing evolution of virtualized environments has made it imperative that suppliers and buyers have a fair, vendor-agnostic tool for measuring the performance of solutions that power virtualized multi-host infrastructures,” said David Schmidt, Chair of the SPEC Virtualization Committee. “The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark is easy to use and creates an excellent foundation for examining and comparing performance in these complex environments that are increasingly becoming the norm.” The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark provides a methodical way to measure a virtualization platform’s performance in a dynamic virtualized datacenter environment. It models typical, modern-day usage of virtualized infrastructure, such as VM resource provisioning, cross-node load balancing (including management operations such as VM migrations), and VM power on/off. The benchmark exercises datacenter operations under load and dynamically provisions new workload VMs from a preconfigured template or powers on existing VMs. As the load reaches maximum capacity of the cluster, hosts are added to the cluster to measure scheduler efficiency and maximize throughput. The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark feature overview: Multi-host benchmark – Minimum of four hosts required, scales in increments of four. Datacenter operations model – Multi-workload benchmark measures performance of hypervisor infrastructure, including how the hypervisor manager controls resources. VM resource management – Handled by the hypervisor manager, including scheduling policies. Workload VMs powered on or deployed during benchmark. Ease of use – Single preconfigured template VM to set up harness and workloads. No tuning of guest OS/software necessary. Five real-world and simulated workloads – OLTP database, based on HammerDB benchmark Hadoop/Big Data cluster, based on BigBench benchmark Simulated departmental mail server Simulated departmental web server Simulated departmental collaboration server About SPEC SPEC is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains, and endorses standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance for the newest generation of computing systems. Its membership comprises more than 120 leading computer hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, research organizations, and government agencies worldwide.

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Businesses today receive data at massive scale and speed due to the explosive growth of data sources that continuously generate streams of data. Whether it is log data from application servers, clickstream data from websites and mobile apps, or telemetry data from Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it all contains information that can help you learn about what your customers, applications, and products are doing right now.