Nutanix™ Hybrid Cloud Software on AMD EPYC CPU-Based Servers Delivers All Three Crucial Infrastructure Qualities

Great solutions are built on great alliances. As you seek your next infrastructure evolution, consider the results of the powerful partnership between semiconductor juggernaut AMD and hybrid cloud software leader Nutanix™. The combination has resulted in a carefully designed and fully tested infrastructure solution that allows businesses to surge forward today while enabling a scalable foundation to jump on tomorrow’s new advancements without delay.

From the bottom of the silicon silo all the way up the stack to security and orchestration, your AMD & Nutanix solution brings uncompromising security features and reliability to your organization while also delivering the scalability, performance, robustness, and ease of use that define success.

As you seek your next infrastructure evolution, consider the results of the powerful partnership between semiconductor juggernaut AMD and hybrid cloud software leader Nutanix™.

The Nutanix platform leverages hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, a technology that has proven transformational for thousands of organizations and that erases the barriers between CPUs, software-defined storage, hypervisors, and much more.

This design, as depicted in Figure 1, is a foundational element of Nutanix and AMD solutions because, as you’ll see, AMD EPYC processors and HCI are a match made in computing heaven.

Figure 1: The Nutanix full-stack hybrid cloud infrastructure platform

AMD EPYC Processor-Based Servers

AMD EPYC CPUs operate on a philosophy of choice without restriction, making them the ideal complement for the Nutanix software layer that does the same. Customers can choose the number of cores and sockets that meet their exact needs without sacrificing key features like memory and I/O. Examples of helpful sizing variations include:

  • High core density, single-socket systems to help save money when you’re using applications with socket-based software licenses
  • Right-sized VDI nodes with the ideal core count to memory ratio so you aren’t overpaying for CPU cores that just sit idle
  • Lower core count data-centric nodes where I/O bandwidth and storage capacity are the stars of the show and CPU cores are not overprovisioned

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Choosing AMD EPYC processor-based servers as the companion for Nutanix hyperconvergence allows you to leverage the high core count per socket—up to 64 cores—coupled with an impressive number of I/O channels for native connectivity to storage. Single and dual socket EPYC server options are available from top OEMs like HPE, Dell, and Lenovo. The result: Fewer hardware nodes required!

Software-defined storage is the magic ingredient that gave rise to HCI. To perform well, the underyling hardware must be capable of high-speed I/O, have large memory bandwidth, and significant memory capacity. Conveniently, AMD EPYC System on a Chip (SoC) architecture meets these needs by providing 128 PCIe® Gen 4 lanes, 8 memory channels per socket, and support for up to 4TB of memory per socket.

It’s impossible to overstate the criticality of security in today’s information-centric business. With boardroom-level scrutiny, all aspects of the IT environment need to consider this important element. To that end, AMD EPYC architecture contains the industry’s first dedicated security co-processor embedded in an x86 server CPU SoC. This unique AMD Infinity Guard manages secure boot, meaning that it checks the firmware it’s loading against a known-good copy of that firmware to help ensure it hasn’t been compromised with malware. The chip also provides a memory encryption feature which requires no changes to applications.

AMD EPYC CPUs operate on a philosophy of choice without restriction, making them the ideal complement for the Nutanix software layer that does the same.