AWS and Intel have a long history of developing custom cloud solutions, including Amazon EC2 instances (especially VMware Cloud on AWS) powered by Intel processor technologies. AWS’s recent release of new bare metal instances powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors represents the latest chapter in this history of the two companies working together to empower customers to move faster and adopt next-generation technologies. Beneficiaries of these new bare metal instances will include customers of VMware Cloud on AWS, among others.
VMware Cloud on AWS
VMware Cloud on AWS has launched 03 years ago, which introduced a fully managed offering in which the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) stack ran directly on bare-metal AWS infrastructure. This offering brought VMware’s enterprise-class SDDC software to the AWS Cloud as a service. It also enabled customers to run production applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to AWS services.
This on-demand service enables IT teams, to seamlessly extend, migrate, and manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools. It accelerates cloud migrations by eliminating the need to re-architect enterprise applications, thanks to consistent infrastructure across VMware vSphere-based private clouds and the AWS Cloud.
Most customers of VMware Cloud on AWS have been using Amazon EC2 i3.metal powered by Intel Xeon E5-2686 v4 (Broadwell) processors with up to 36 hyper-threaded cores and 512 GiB of memory. The latest release of VMware Cloud on AWS, which can now run on i3en.metal instances powered by 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, includes new capabilities that provide an enhanced solution for disaster recovery and application migration to the cloud.
New EC2 instance package for VMware Cloud on AWS
AWS recently announced the general availability of EC2 I3en.metal instances, powered by 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) processors with up to 48 hyper-threaded cores and 768 GiB of memory. In specific:
I3en instances offer up to 96vCPUs of 1st or 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor (Skylake or Cascade Lake) with a sustained all core Turbo CPU clock speed of up to 3.1 GHz, 60 TB of total NVMe instance storage, and 768 GiB of memory. I3en NVMe instance storage can deliver up to 2 million random IOPS at 4 KB block sizes and up to 16 GB/s of sequential disk throughput, enabling workloads that need high storage capacity and random I/O performance to run more effectively on EC2.
I3en instances offer seven different instance sizes to choose from and the most NVMe SSD storage per vCPU in EC2. Reduce your cost per GB of SSD instance storage by up to 50% over I3 instances and right-size your instance selection based on workload storage requirements.
I3en instances have up to 4x the networking bandwidth of I3 instances, enabling up to 100 Gbps of sustained network bandwidth. Customers can enable Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) on I3en for low and consistent network latency.AWS Cloud
This new I3en.metal instances, optimized for data-intensive workloads, are now the ideal host for VMware Cloud on AWS. With faster processors, more cores, more memory, more storage, and more network bandwidth, “each dollar investment in i3en.metal can potentially yield a 22% increase in performance value over i3.metal,” according to VMware.
Intel® Mesh architecture optimizes data sharing and memory access between all vCPUs to fully take advantage of the 1.5x more memory for efficient and scalable data flow in virtualized environments. This architecture maximizes performance while enabling consistent, low latencies.
AWS has also lowered the entry price 33% by making available a new 2-host configuration, whereas the previous entry-level had been a 3-host configuration. This option is attractive for customers who might want to start slowly with a relatively simple use case such as disaster recovery.
Enabling powerful virtualized scenarios
This new I3en.metal instance will benefit virtualized workloads with higher storage densities and those that need high read/write performance from storage. Examples of workloads that will benefit from these new instances include high-performance computing and analytics, data warehousing, distributed file systems, and large databases of all kinds.
The i3en.metal is aimed to provide an extension for customers that run their system on VMware hypervisor, who really need to put their critical system on public cloud but affair to change to another technologies.