Oracle Cloud VMware Spring ’23 Release Includes Independent Scaling of Compute and Storage

Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is announcing its Spring ’23 release, which includes support for flexible Standard shapes with independent scaling of compute and storage. New features include:

  • New Standard shapes (X7, X9, and E4): Powered by 3rd Gen Intel Xeon and AMD EPYC processors, Oracle Cloud VMware Solution standard shapes support a wide variety of extra-small to extra-large core configurations to right-size your VMware workloads. CPU expansion packs are available in 50%, 75%, and 100% of available CPU capacity, allowing you to balance cost-performance requirements.
  • Oracle Cloud VMware Solution GPU compute beta: Oracle Cloud VMware Solution BM.GPU.GU1.4 compute shape is powered by four NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core GPUs, BM.GPU.GU1.4 also runs on Intel 3rd gen Xeon Platinum 8358 BareMetal host with 1 TB of RAM, 100 Gbps of overall network bandwidth, 7.68 TB of raw NVMe internal disk, and support for up to 1 PB of external block storage. Key use cases for this solution include graphics accelerated VDI with VMware Horizon, Microsoft RDS or Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. Beta program signup is available for a limited time.
  • VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure certification: Oracle and VMware help cloud service providers (CSPs) modernize their networks by seamlessly incorporating Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), including OCI Dedicated Region as an integral part of their 5G network function architecture. Integrated with Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, VMware Telco Cloud Platform – Public Cloud can help deliver greater flexibility for CSPs to design and implement their end-to-end networks with rich ecosystem of VMware verified network functions.
  • VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Enterprise Edition) certification: Application delivery services with local load balancing, global server load balancing (GSLB) and web application firewall (WAF) for workloads are now supported with Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. For more information about how to get started with Avi on Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, check out this blog from VMware.
  • Expanded global regions: Since its launch, you can find Oracle Cloud VMware Solution in more locations than any other VMware hyperscaler offering. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is available globally in 42 cloud regions and 22 countries, with dual regions available in 10 countries and 12 Azure Interconnect regions. OCI serves commercial businesses, the US and UK government, and the US Department of Defense with distinct regions that must meet specific compliance and tenancy requirements. Most recently, new commercial regions include Serbia, Chicago, Mexico (Querétaro), Spain (Madrid), and a second region in France (Paris).

Standard shapes (X7, X9, and E4) available with 50%, 75%, and 100% CPU expansion packs address a wide range of VMware workloads including: web apps, small databases, disaster recovery, and development environments, and more. This availability allows you to correctly size compute and storage without adding more hosts, achieving a cost-effective path to the public cloud in the following scenarios:

  • Migrate general-purpose workloads that benefit from the per-core price advantage
  • Reduce the license costs based on per-core pricing by starting with an extra-small core configuration
  • Build a more cost-effective VMware solution with highly available OCI Block Storage
  • Improve price-performance with low latency by communicating within the same L2 network, from the host to the SAN in the same VLAN

Unlike other cloud-based VMware solutions, Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is a customer-managed solution with OCI bare metal compute and L2 network virtualization.

This setup allows VMware workloads to communicate within the same L2 network, which is vital for applications such as file sharing, video streaming, gaming, and security applications. You get zero hops for the lowest latency when microseconds count.

Other cloud-based VMware solutions use L3 networking, which adds latency with each hop. iSCSI is very transactional and chatty. L3 networking with a managed offering means higher latency. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution has zero hops from the host to SAN in the same VLAN, meaning lower latency.

“Customers using VMware on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure require the most advanced systems to support their ever-growing needs,” said Anurag Handa, Intel vice president and general manager of hyperscale and strategic customers. “Intel and Oracle Cloud have been coinnovating together on multiple generations of VMware optimized shapes that offer some of the latest processor accelerators resulting in up to 42% over the previous generation. The built-in scalability and security optimizations are well suited to support these latest VMware customer workloads.”

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