Introducing New Oracle Cloud VMware Solution Compute Shapes to Accelerate Cloud Migration

June 26, 2024 | 8 minute read
Sheryl Sage
Sr, Principal Product Manager
Subha Shankar
Sr. Principal Product Manager
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Despite the shift toward cloud-native architectures, virtualization continues to play a crucial role in hosting applications. According to a recent IDC Info Brief study, 68% of applications are still running on virtual machines (VMs), and 77.5% are running on VMware. This is because VMs are ideal for running legacy applications and databases that are difficult to containerize, ensuring isolation and maintaining expected functionality.

But how can organizations continue to innovate and achieve cloud economics with their VMware workloads? Over the past three years, Oracle and VMware, now Broadcom, have worked together to help customers swiftly migrate and transform VMware workloads with the performance, security, and elasticity of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), available in 48 regions and 24 countries. Together, we have helped hundreds of VMware customers achieve cloud success by reducing operational costs with flexible OCI compute shapes and adjacent Oracle Cloud data services and applications.

For example, The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) migrated to Oracle Cloud VMware Solution (OCVS) for their 2.9 million members. This migration resulted in significant savings on infrastructure management costs and improved performance in call center applications. "Oracle, including the team that helped us set up OCVS, is brilliant in terms of capability, responsiveness, and technical know-how. They are up there with some of the best cloud support we get," said Maroun Azzi, General Manager Technology, Membership and Motoring, NRMA.

Since day one, OCVS users have shared the importance of precisely aligning resources to their VMware workloads, and today we are excited to announce the OCVS Summer '24 release with an even broader array of industry-leading compute shapes.

Introducing New NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core GPUs and E5 Standard Shapes with 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors for Oracle Cloud VMware Solution

A significant advantage of OCVS is its availability in a wide variety of OCI compute shapes, which come in a broad range of core configurations. Uniquely, OCVS supports multi-cluster SDDCs, allowing mixed compute shapes with varying core counts and storage options to be combined into right-sized clusters to align resources to your VMware workloads.

  • Powered by 4.x NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core GPUs, the BM.GPU.A10.4 compute shape runs on 3rd-generation Intel Xeon Ice Lake processors. The base frequency is 2.6 GHz, and the max turbo frequency is 3.4 GHz with 1 TB of RAM, 100 Gbps of overall network bandwidth, and support for up to 1 PB of external block storage. This new compute shape is well-suited to run VDI, AI inferencing, and graphics-intensive workloads on VMware and is available now.
  • New E5 Standard compute shapes available in 48-, 96-, 144-, and 192-core configurations powered by 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors—coming later this summer.
  • Support for Oracle Alloy, OCVS is available now for Alloy Partners to deliver tailored solutions for their customers.
  • Service availability in 48 public cloud regions in 24 countries, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Dedicated Regions, Oracle EU Sovereign Cloud, Oracle Government Cloud, and Oracle’s air-gapped regions for security and intelligence customers. The most recent OCI region additions take Oracle’s South America data center count to five regions, including Sao Paulo and Vinhedo in Brazil, Bogota in Colombia, and two regions in Chile.

Greater flexibility with E5 Standard bare-metal compute powered by 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors with up to 2x better performance 

We’re thrilled to introduce the OCI E5 Standard compute shape, powered by the 4th Gen AMD EPYC Processors, codenamed 'Genoa'—coming later this summer. These E5 compute shapes feature 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors with a base clock frequency of 2.4 GHz and a max boost of up to 3.7 GHz. They also have 2.25 TB DDR5 memory and 384 MB of L3 cache. Thanks to an upgrade from DDR4 to DDR5 and an increase from 8 to 12 memory channels, the E5 instances offer twice the memory bandwidth of the E4 generation. The new BM.Standard.E5 boasts 192 OCPUs (192 cores or 384 threads), and the E5 standard bare-metal shapes outperformed the previous E4 generations with up to 2x better absolute performance.

Continuing our focus to provide the most flexible configurations for your VMware workloads, we’re making OCVS E5 Standard compute shapes available in 48-, 96-, 144-, and 192-core configurations. These new E5 shapes can be added as a new cluster to new or existing SDDCs and are well-suited to support applications that heavily rely on CPU resources, such as ML/AI and video and image processing.

OCVS NVIDIA A10 GPU compute shape general release: unlocking support for graphics-intensive computer-aided design (CAD), healthcare imaging, and other VDI workloads

Today, we are moving from tech preview to general release with the OCVS A10 compute shape, powered by four NVIDIA A10 GPUs. The BM.GPU.A10.4 runs on 3rd-generation Intel Xeon Ice Lake processors 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.

Coupled with NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation (vWS), software that unlocks NVIDIA RTX technology from the cloud, the BM.GPU.A10.4 provides the performance required for graphics-intensive workloads like computer-aided design (CAD), healthcare imaging, and product life-cycle management applications.

By combining NVIDIA A10 GPU features with VMware Horizon VDI and Citrix VDI solutions, you can support centralized virtual desktop management for a consistent user experience. With Citrix and VMware Horizon, you can efficiently manage virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for remote work, enabling secure access to applications and data from anywhere, facilitating collaboration among dispersed teams, and optimizing resource allocation for intensive tasks such as 3D modeling, data analysis, and software development. To get started, check out the NVIDIA GPU-optimized virtual machine image on the OCI Marketplace and learn how NVIDIA virtual GPUs (vGPUs) are integrated into the Horizon desktop and application environments; organizations can easily support real-time collaboration with 3D applications at scale.

Innovations for a Customer-Controlled VMware Cloud Operating Model

If you’re new to running VMware workloads on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, OCVS is “just VMware.” Designed to mirror the experience of running VMware on premises, OCVS is comprised of OCI bare-metal compute shapes and comes with VMware Cloud Foundation licenses. OCVS includes the same VMware Cloud Foundation licenses that VMware customers use on premises, including vSphere, vCenter, NSX, vSAN, and HCX for a streamlined migration to bare-metal OCI compute. The customer-controlled environment allows IT administrators to continue to operate workloads with root access and full administrative control to patch and upgrade VMware software according to your internal change control processes.

Globally consistent pricing

OCVS is a first-class OCI service with uniform price stability available in all 48 commercial and government sectors, including 10 multiple availability domain regions. Customers benefit from a globally fixed pricing model, ensuring predictability and financial control. OCVS offers on-demand, 1-year, and 3-year commitment options with the widest variety of flexible dense and standard compute shapes available in configurations ranging from 16 to 192 cores and disaggregated OCI block storage to tailor your VMware workload accordingly.

Adjacent OCI data services to seamlessly connect

Seamlessly integrated with other OCI services, OCVS not only facilitates the migration of VMware workloads but also offers access to over 100 adjacent cloud services such as Oracle applications, data services (e.g. Autonomous, Exadata, MySQL), high-performance computing (HPC), GPU, AI services, analytics, security, compute, storage, and networking. This means that users can natively deploy Oracle Exadata Cloud Service (ExaCS) on OCI in the same tenancy and then seamlessly connect to applications in the VMware SDDC for a high-performance and high-availability solution.

Scale with disaggregated OCI block storage

Last year, we introduced standard shapes for OCVS with disaggregated storage, allowing you to scale storage independently from compute using OCI Block Volume Service. This means you can scale your storage independently with resilient, high-performance OCI block storage for your VMware workloads without needing to deploy additional OCVS bare-metal hosts. This capability lets you create OCI block volumes as iSCSI block volumes, attach them to OCVS hosts, and use them as a VMFS datastore for hosting VMs and storing templates, ISOs, and more. A single block volume can have a maximum size of 32 TB, which allows an OCVS cluster with 32 block volumes attached to provide up to 1 PB of storage capacity for VMs.

Multi-cluster SDDC with standard shape clusters with disaggregated OCI block storage

In line with our commitment to customer control, we offered some recent innovations with OCVS including multi-cluster SDDC with standard, dense, and NVIDIA GPU shape clusters to align new compute resources to the changing demands of your workloads. These enhancements allow VMware customers to refresh and add new OCI compute shapes in an existing SDDC for a seamless hardware transition by integrating new hosts without disrupting operations while using familiar VMware tools like vMotion and Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC).

Cloud Migration Success with Oracle Cloud VMware Solution

Oracle has partnered with leading enterprises across various industries, including finance and banking, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, government, and global systems integrators, to modernize their cloud infrastructure in OCI commercial, government, and OCI Dedicated Region while continuing to operate VMware workloads with the predictability, security, and control that they have on premises. By choosing OCVS as their preferred platform for migrating and operating VMware workloads, our customers have bypassed costly rearchitecting, reskilling, or refactoring of their applications. With complete customer control, they have taken advantage of modernization and cloud agility while retaining the predictability, security, and control of VMware workloads they had on premises.

Notable enterprises such as TIM Brasil, Telefónica, and Sky Brasil have embraced OCVS, experiencing enhanced operational efficiency through a seamless transition from on-premises data centers.

  • Pietro Labriola, CEO of TIM Brasil, "Using a multicloud strategy, we are the first carrier in Brazil to move 100% of our workloads to the cloud. It includes moving our customer billing system, our CRM, and VMware to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle has been a fantastic partner in our technology evolution."
  • Denise Inaba, CIO Vivo, “Moving to the cloud provides us with the agility we need to accelerate our business and helps improve our services to respond to market and customer needs faster than was previously possible.”

Other Testimonials from Enterprises

  • Ivan Radchenko, Head of IT Department, Lemtrans, "Our skill set is based on VMware, so Oracle Cloud VMware Solution really appealed to us. The tools we use in OCI work exactly like what we use on premises. This preserved our investments in IT processes and greatly simplified the migration of our data and applications outside of Ukraine to help ensure our business would not be disrupted. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution was the perfect choice for us."
  • Minn Wint Oo, Deputy Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer at AYA Bank, "Oracle Cloud VMware Solution takes just a matter of hours to move workloads into the cloud as we need them while keeping the full security credentials intact. Overall, we have seen a 55% lower annual TCO, paving the way for us to move additional VMware workloads in the future."
  • Alexander Hawk, Director of Customer Information Systems at San Jose Water, “By migrating our legacy applications to OCI, SJW increased application performance more than 50%, simplified administration, and improved system availability.”

Learn more

If you are ready to start your own cloud journey with Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, contact your Oracle sales team and check out these additional resources:

Source IDC: Accelerating Enterprise Cloud Adoption: Achieve global scale

Sheryl Sage

Sr, Principal Product Manager

Subha Shankar

Sr. Principal Product Manager

Subha is a product manager leading Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. 

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