Announcing AMD Pensando DPU Support for VMware vSphere 8

The AMD Pensando Distributed Services Card is one of the first DPU solutions to support VMware vSphere 8 and will be available from major server vendors including Dell Technologies and HPE. The AMD Pensando DPU is widely deployed in hyperscalers, cloud service providers and enterprises.

AMD has announced that the AMD Pensando Distributed Services Card is one of the first DPU solutions to support VMware vSphere 8 and will be available from major server vendors including Dell Technologies and HPE. The AMD Pensando DPU is widely deployed in hyperscalers, cloud service providers and enterprises.

DPU technology has gained traction in the data center, with several new players entering the market offering various service options. The AMD DPU is based on a 7nm process supporting 400G throughput, putting it at least a generation ahead of the competition.

The increased interest in DPUs is driven by the growing scale and sophistication of data center applications and the demands they place on infrastructure services and critical CPU resources. One way to address the performance issue is to modernize the data center by implementing data processing units (DPUs) to offload infrastructure services from the CPU.

AMD Pensando DPU and VMware

VMware vSphere 8 reinvents IT infrastructure into a composable architecture with distributed services at the server edge. Building on the successes of hyperscalers, vSphere 8 moves critical infrastructure functions such as networking, storage, security, and host management services from the main server processor and moves them to the DPU.

By using DPU hardware like the AMD Pensando Distributed Services Card, server resources are freed up and distributed services can be accelerated. Now, enterprises can apply this architecture to bare-metal hosted services and virtualized environments to unify workload management and improve total cost of ownership.

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The fully programmable AMD Pensando DPU is at the heart of this transition to a 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 additional layer of security by isolating server tenant workload infrastructure services. Early customers of the vSphere Distributed Services Engine, accelerated by AMD Pensando DPUs, include a leading financial services provider, a multi-cloud solution host, and a leading business applications company.

AMD’s Forrest Norrod, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Solutions Group, explained it this way:

“Performance, efficiency and security are integral to competitive offerings within cloud computing and hyperconverged infrastructure. VMware vSphere 8, running on AMD Pensando DPUs, is a key step in bringing the industry closer to composable hardware systems and truly ubiquitous heterogeneous computing. AMD is uniquely positioned in the industry to deliver performance, efficiency and security with a distributed services platform currently deployed with major customers such as Goldman Sachs, Microsoft Azure, NetApp, IBM Cloud and Oracle Cloud.

VMware’s Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager, VMware Cloud Platform Business, added:

“Modern applications place specific workload demands on the infrastructure. This led to the need to reinvent the data center architecture with general support for accelerators such as DPUs. With combined solutions including VMware vSphere 8 with Distributed Services Engine capabilities and AMD Pensando DPU and EPYC processors, customers can improve infrastructure performance, strengthen infrastructure security, and support business evolution. cloud infrastructure for modern applications.

Dell Technologies announced the launch of SmartDPU software solutions on the VxRail platform with a choice of DPUs from AMD Pensando and NVIDIA. HPE announced the launch of HPE ProLiant with VMware vSphere Distributed Services Engine based on AMD Pensando DPUs. VMware has reported rapid progress from other partners like Lenovo and Intel, bringing more solutions to market and offering more choice.

Hardware specifications

Form factor Full-height, half-length PCIe
PCIe interface 16 lane PCIe Gen4.0
Network Ports 2 QSFP56 ports
Port configurations 2×50/100/200G, 4×50/100G
Management ports 1x Ethernet RJ45 100M/1G
Indicators Port activity and link
Power 55-66W typical
Cooling Passive heat sink
Air flow 300 lfm airflow with DAC interface
Temperature (°C) 0 to 50 (operational) -40 to 70 (not operational)
Humidity 5 – 95% relative
MTBF (Hours) 585,000

VMware also introduced several new features in vSphere 8 offering the AMD Infinity Guard feature set, including the AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) and Secure Encrypted Virtualization – Encrypted State (SEV-ES) advanced technology features of AMD EPYC processors. AMD EPYC processors continue to deliver high 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 DPU, will be available in the coming months. AMD EPYC processor support for VMware vSphere 8 will be available at launch.

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