VIRTUAL SERVER INFRASTRUCTURE
Wind River | August 30, 2021
Wind River, a global leader in delivering software for intelligent systems, announced that the companies are jointly developing a 5G vRAN solution that integrates Intel® FlexRAN reference software for systems fueled by 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with built-in AI acceleration, and also features Intel® Ethernet 800 Network Adapters and the Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 in concert with Wind River Studio. The collaboration will further expand on these innovations by optimizing new capabilities delivered with future next generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Sapphire Rapids). The joint solution builds on work by Intel and Wind River on Verizon’s 5G milestone to complete the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session.
Wind River Studio provides a cloud-native platform for the development, deployment, operations, and servicing of mission-critical intelligent systems. Its cloud infrastructure capabilities include a fully cloud-native, Kubernetes container-based architecture based on the StarlingX open source project for the deployment and management of distributed edge networks at scale. With an out-of-the-box, optimized, ultra-low-latency, small-footprint infrastructure, Studio offers operators the flexibility to grow new business and further improve total cost of ownership. Intel FlexRAN is a vRAN reference implementation for virtualized cloud-enabled radio access networks.
With 5G driving a shift to cloud-native approaches, operators are pursuing vRAN for greater agility. They are optimistic about the potential of vRAN as an anchor tenant for far-edge cloud and eager to move beyond past implementation challenges. According to a Heavy Reading study, operators have cited the following as typical key challenges for vRAN: systems integration (58% of responses), operational complexity of multi-vendor vRAN (46%), and edge cloud server performance (36%).1
Prospective customers and vRAN solution providers will be able to review evaluation packages consisting of Intel FlexRAN reference software pre-integrated with Wind River Studio to simplify and accelerate customer trials and deployments of 5G vRAN. This offering expands upon the recently introduced Intel Select Solutions for Virtual Radio Access Network (vRAN) on Wind River Studio.
“As 5G opens up new opportunities across industries, there will be an increasing need to put greater intelligence and compute to the edges of the network, where new use cases evolve and thrive. As such, operators must adopt a low-latency far-edge cloud architecture to enable these new use cases in an intelligent, AI-first world,” said Kevin Dallas, president and CEO at Wind River. “Together with Intel, we are providing a best-in-class differentiated solution to help customers deliver on high-reliability, ultra-low-latency, and highly efficient offerings for their next-generation networks.”
“As operators realize the benefits and embrace a virtualized, software-defined architecture, our products, ecosystem, and years of experience help accelerate this shift to flexible, agile networks,” said Dan Rodriguez, Intel corporate vice president and general manager, Network Platforms Group. “Working closely with innovators like Wind River, we offer operators a path to fast-track successful vRAN deployments with validated hardware and software that can accelerate their 5G objectives.”
Wind River is a leader in the early 5G landscape, powering 5G RAN deployments, and Wind River Studio capabilities address operators’ complex challenges in deploying and managing a physically distributed, ultra-low-latency cloud-native infrastructure.
About Wind River
Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for intelligent systems. The company’s technology has been powering the safest, most secure devices in the world since 1981 and is found in billions of products.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise | May 18, 2020
HPE ProLiant server models with the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYCTM processor, helping customers use VDI for unpredictable workloads, large scale environments, and performance intensive desktop users.
The new high density HPE SimpliVity 325 with the 1U form factor will help VDI environments like ours make the most of performance and availability in an extremely small footprint.
HPE SimpliVity helps to address this growing remote workforce with an intelligent, software-defined HCI solution that simplifies the time needed to deploy, manage, and scale VDI.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced that the enhanced HPE SimpliVity 325 Gen 10 hyperconverged infrastructure solution (HCI) with the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYCTM processor, doubles the virtual desktops supported per server to provide businesses a 50% lower cost per remote worker1. In addition, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, a disaggregated HCI platform released last year, is now available through HPE GreenLake, enabling virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and virtual machines as-a-service with a pay as you go model. Advancements to Nimble Storage dHCI also include increased scale and support for expanded HPE ProLiant server models with the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYCTM processor, helping customers use VDI for unpredictable workloads, large scale environments, and performance intensive desktop users.
“Our experience with HPE SimpliVity has been incredible, especially with our large SQL databases, file servers, and virtual desktops that we can rapidly recover in minutes with ease,” said David Wunderley, Director of Emerging Infrastructure & Operations Support at Pitt Ohio. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we moved the majority of our corporate users to work from home, and doubled our concurrent VDI user count overnight with no performance impact. The new high density HPE SimpliVity 325 with the 1U form factor will help VDI environments like ours make the most of performance and availability in an extremely small footprint.”
With HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, we can now provide a superior VDI solution for our 380+ VDI users and 400+ sales reps working remotely due to our changing business model and COVID-19. In the past, we were using AWS for our VDI workloads, but the costs were too high for us. With HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, we are able to reduce our operating costs by 50%, improve our performance 2X for our VDI workloads, and achieve 50% faster application provisioning,
Rob Collins, Head of Infrastructure and Service Management at PetSure.
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In today’s environment, businesses are being asked to shift their employees to a virtual office environment to curb the spread of COVID-19. This places new, urgent requirements on IT to quickly enable a remote workforce. Meeting the business and employee needs for VDI requires solving the challenges associated with performance, scale, complexity, and data protection. HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI overcome the limitations of traditional infrastructure with intelligent management, easier scalability, cloud data protection, and the performance to support every worker, including knowledge users. During these uncertain times, when capacity is strained and costs need to be controlled, HPE provides businesses with solutions that can help IT optimize their infrastructure to deliver secure, reliable remote access.
HPE sets new virtual desktop density standard with HPE SimpliVity
Businesses need a reliable, high performing, and highly secure workspace for their remote employees. HPE SimpliVity helps to address this growing remote workforce with an intelligent, software-defined HCI solution that simplifies the time needed to deploy, manage, and scale VDI. For all businesses with remote workers, HPE SimpliVity 325 Gen10 combined with the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYCTM processor delivers double the virtual desktops per server on average than any other HCI vendor1. This drives down the cost for each remote worker by 50% in a small, efficient 1U platform, delivering a small footprint for entry-level and distributed edge HCI use cases.
The COVID-19 global pandemic is an unprecedented situation that is affecting all businesses, our communities, and our way of life. As an edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company, HPE is here to help our clients bring together the right expertise and technology solutions to meet their most immediate challenges and unexpected demands. With these challenges, customers are looking to rapidly unleash mobile productivity and desktop virtualization, and HPE SimpliVity and Nimble Storage dHCI solutions provide performance and flexible payment options for our customers,
Patrick Osborne, VP and General Manager of HPE SimpliVity.
HPE delivers VDI as-a-service with HPE Nimble Storage dHCI
HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is architected for VDI users, business-critical applications, and mixed workloads with unpredictable growth. To support remote worker initiatives, HPE is announcing the following:
• Support for HPE GreenLake: HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is now available through HPE GreenLake, delivering VDI as-a-service, accelerating time to value, and simplifying IT management. As a cloud consumption experience, businesses pay monthly for what they use, convert capital to operating expense, and scale compute and storage on-demand.
• Expanded server support and scale: HPE Nimble Storage dHCI has added support for HPE ProLiant DL325, DL385, DL560, and DL580 servers, and increased the scale of servers supported from 20 to 32. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI enables HPE ProLiant customers to convert their existing server investments into a disaggregated HCI.
• One-click software upgrades: HPE Nimble Storage dHCI has simplified lifecycle management with one-click, unified software upgrades for server firmware, hypervisor and storage software, saving IT productivity time and de-risking upgrades. The upgrades can be performed directly in VMware vCenter.
Financial Offers to Manage Cash Flow
In addition to the recently announced newly-configured VDI solutions, today’s HCI offerings for VDI are supported through HPE Financial Services, which can help alleviate some of the strain felt by businesses around the globe as they navigate an uncertain business climate. HPE Financial Services can help release capital from existing infrastructures, defer payments, and provide pre-owned tech to relieve capacity strain. As part of the innovative financing structures to reduce cash outlays during uncertainty, HPE SimpliVity and Nimble dHCI customers can delay payments for up to 180 days to help preserve cash.
HPE SimpliVity 325 Gen10 with the new AMD EPYCTM processor is now orderable globally direct and though channel partners, with expected shipping in late May 2020.
HPE GreenLake is now available for HPE Nimble Storage dHCI globally. The expanded server support, scale and one–click software upgrade enhancements will be available globally direct and though channel partners in 2H2020.
Visit this blog to read more about the HPE SimpliVity 325 and here to learn more about Nimble Storage dHCI. For details on the latest features, the Around the Storage Block podcast is also available to listen to.
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About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the global edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way we live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions, with a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, to help customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance. For more information, visit: www.hpe.com.
VMware | September 30, 2020
Today at VMworld 2020, VMware, Inc. unveiled Virtual Cloud Network innovations that will help customers create a modern network that better supports current and future business initiatives. With advancements across the VMware networking and security portfolio, customers will be able to more effectively manage the rapid shift to remote work, deliver traditional and modern applications faster and more securely, and reduce the cost and complexity of connecting and protecting the distributed enterprise.