The Cisco HyperFlex solution can power any application, from VDI to ERP and database to EMR, anywhere, from the data center to the edge and hybrid cloud. Built on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors using Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drives, this solution supports a wide range of performance-intensive, mission-critical applications in a hyper-converged infrastructure environment.
In the past few years, organizations have seen a convergence of massive amounts of data with the compute power and large-capacity storage needed to process it all. The right infrastructure can provide modern businesses with new ways of harnessing data for innovative apps and services built on artificial intelligence (AI). The opportunities are nearly infinite and stretch across almost every field—from financial services to manufacturing to healthcare and beyond.But organizations with on-premises infrastructures or using hybrid cloud models face several challenges on the road to AI. They need to research, select, deploy, and optimize infrastructure that can provide efficient resource utilization while scaling on demand to meet changing business requirements. Beyond scalability, organizations seek easier ways to implement AI initiatives. Many businesses lack sufficient in-house expertise and infrastructure to get started with AI, particularly for deep learning (DL). The road to deploying DL in production environments is time-intensive and complex. Managing the data for AI initiatives can also be a challenge: organizations struggle to extract value from their “data swamps,” and it can be complex and resource-intensive to move data from on premises to the cloud for analytics.The Intel® Select Solution for BigDL on Apache Spark* can help businesses overcome these key challenges to achieve their AI initiatives faster and more easily. The pre-tested and tuned solution eliminates the need for organizations to research and manually optimize infrastructure to efficiently pursue their AI initiatives. The solution reduces the need for specialized in-house expertise to deploy and manage AI infrastructure. And it can help IT organizations improve infrastructure utilization, while ensuring scalability to meet the growing needs of their companies.BigDLApache Spark helps solve the IT challenges of DL, data, and specialized expertise by providing for standardized big-data storage and compute, with scalability, by enabling the addition of hundreds of nodes without degrading performance and without changing the fundamental architecture.BigDL: a distributed DL library that augments the storage and compute capabilities of Apache Spark—provides efficient, scalable, and optimized DL development. BigDL enables the development of new DL models for training and serving on the same big data cluster. It also supports models from other frameworks, including TensorFlow*, Keras*, and others, so you can import other trained models into the BigDL framework or use BigDL trained models in other frameworks. BigDL is supported by Analytics Zoo, which provides a unified AI platform and pipeline with built-in reference use cases to further simplify your AI solutions development.BigDL is optimized for Intel®-based platforms with software libraries like Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL) and Intel® Math Kernel Library for Deep Learning Networks (Intel® MKL-DNN) to increase computational performance. Other supporting software includes the Intel® Distribution for Python*, which accelerates popular machine learning libraries such as NumPy*, SciPy*, and scikit-learn* with integrated Intel® Performance Libraries such as Intel MKL and Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel® DAAL). On the hardware side, the Intel Select Solution for BigDL on Apache Spark uses Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors for high performance and Intel® Solid State Drives (SSDs) for better performance and improved reliability compared to traditional hard-disk drives (HDDs).The Intel Select Solution for BigDL on Apache SparkThe Intel Select Solution for BigDL on Apache Spark helps optimize price/performance while significantly reducing infrastructure evaluation time. The Intel Select Solution for BigDL on Apache Spark combine Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel SSDs, and Intel® Ethernet Network Adapters to empower enterprises to quickly harness a reliable, comprehensive solution that delivers:§ The ability to prepare your machine learning (ML)/DL infrastructure investments for the future with scalable storage and compute§ Excellent total cost of ownership (TCO) with multi-purpose hardware that your IT organization is used to managing in a verified, tested solution that simplifies deployment§ Accelerated time to market with a turnkey solution that includes a rich development toolset and that is optimized for crucial software libraries§ The ability to run analytics on data where it is storedBigDL Application Scenario§ Analyze large amounts of data on big data Spark clusters that store data, such as HDFS, Apache HBase, or Hive§ Add deep learning capabilities (training or inference) to big data (Spark) programs or workflows§ Run deep learning applications with existing Hadoop/Spark clusters and then easily share them with other workloads (eg extract-convert-load, data warehousing, feature design, classic machine learning, graphical analysis)
VMware According to data from VMware’s official website, starting from vSAN 6.6, the standard version has supported all-flash, and its advanced version has more decompression and erasure coding functions than the standard version, but only if vSAN has an all-flash architecture. The deduplication and compression process on any storage platform incurs overhead and can impact latency and maximum IOPS performance. But the increased storage space efficiency brought by deduplication and compression reduces the cost per GB of storage capacity available in all-flash configurations. Therefore, users can not only obtain more optimized storage efficiency and higher storage quality if they build an all-flash vSAN architecture.Inspur NF5280M5 server is a 2U 2-way rack designed by Inspur for the company’s needs for the Internet, IDC (Internet Data Center), cloud computing, enterprise market, and telecommunications business applications, based on a new generation of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors server. This product meets the requirements of more services for high network bandwidth, high computing performance, and large memory capacity. At the same time, it has a good solution for customers who have higher density and computing performance and have certain storage requirements.Intel® Optane ™ SSD Drive DC P4800X is the first product to combine memory and storage attributes. This innovative solution provides industry-leading high throughput, low latency, high quality of service and ultra-durability. The data storage layer is optimized to break data access bottlenecks. Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X accelerates applications, supports fast caching and fast storage, improves scalability per server, and reduces transaction costs for latency-sensitive workloads. In addition, the Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X enables data centers to deploy larger and more cost-effective data sets and gain new insights into large memory pools.Inspur NF5280M5 vSAN ReadyNode ™ based on VMware vSAN * Intel® Select Solution, choose Inspur NF5280M5, a next-generation server based on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, with excellent performance while providing a stable and efficient hardware foundation; choose Intel ® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X as the cache layer Cache in the vSAN architecture to achieve all write buffer operations. Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X as a SSD with a delay close to DRAM has high throughput, low latency, High quality of service and ultra-high endurance can be used for high-efficiency large-volume writes and high-load transactions. For the data layer, choose the Intel® SSD DC P4500 SSD with larger capacity, excellent transmission performance, and higher durability.
When it comes to compute-intensive research areas, like high-energy particle physics, or industrial design projects that require computer-aided engineering (CAE) and other commercial applications, simulation, and modeling workloads need to run on high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. To support those applications at scale, modern HPC systems require multi-core processors, high-bandwidth fabrics, and fast storage and other broad input/output (I/O) capabilities.Because of the complexity and variety of technologies available on the market, designing and assembling an HPC system for specific workloads can be time-consuming, requiring specific expertise. Integration and configuration of selected components can impact the performance of the solution with the reality of properly configuring the combined solution intimidating technologists.Boston, Ltd. (www.boston.co.uk) not only designs, builds, and delivers large computing clusters, it offers extensive consultancy services and expertise withearly access to systems to help ensure workloads will run optimally on their systems.Boston, Ltd. – Expertise, Experience, and Service WorldwideBoston, Ltd. is a worldwide, leading integrator of HPC clusters used for simulation and modeling. With over 25 years of experience and vast expertise in variousscientific and commercial domains, Boston services customers with design, build, integration, and installation of supercomputers, plus benchmarking and application testing, tuning, and optimization, setting them apart from other integrators.Based on Supermicro® servers and Intel® technologies, Boston builds custom HPC solutions that appear in universities and businesses in Europe, the United States, Asia, India, Russia, and Australia. Their engineers work closely with leading organizations within Formula 1, manufacturing, engineering, and genomics.Boston offers both potential and existing customers pre- and post-sales access to their systems and labs to help ensure that their workloads run optimally ontheir systems.High-Performance Enabling Ingredients COMPUTEBoston offers high-performance dual-processor Supermicro servers based on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, such as the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 processor, feature significant enhancements that benefit HPC applications, including improvements in I/O, memory, fabric integration, and Intel® Advanced Vector Instructions 512 (Intel® AVX-512). Optionally, Intel® Xeon® Platinum processors—with up to 28 cores—can be used to meet the most challenging compute demands, depending on the requirements of the workload and other customer needs.FABRICIntel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA) provides 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) bandwidth and a lowlatency, next-generation fabric for HPC clusters. Its48-port switch chip delivers a 33 percent increase in density over the traditional 36-port switch ASIC historically used for InfiniBand* networking. The denser radix chip reduces the number of required switches, cutting costs and enhancing reliability. Intel OPA also reduces cabling-related costs, power consumption, space requirements, and ongoing system maintenance requirements. These advancements can lower fabric costs by up to 61 percent.INTEL SOLID STATE DRIVE - DATA CENTER FAMILYIntel® Solid State Drive Data Center Family (Intel® SSD DC) and Intel® Optane™ SSD DC products offer responsive performance and high capacities for local scratch storage, burst buffers, and augmented parallel files systems. Intel® Optane™ SSD DC storage is the world’s most responsive data center SSD with Intel® Optane™ technology. Intel® SSD DC storage includes PCIe interface with NVMe protocol options.TECHNOLOGY SELECTIONSIn addition to the Intel® Xeon® processor-based hardware foundation and Intel® OPA, other technologies from Intel and Boston provide further performance gains:Intel® AVX-512: Boosts performance for the most demanding computational workloads, with up to double the number of floating point operations per second (FLOPS) per clock cycle, compared to previous-generation Intel® processors.Intel® Cluster Checker: Inspects more than 100 characteristics related to cluster health. Intel® Cluster Checker examines the system at both the node and cluster level, making sure all components work together to deliver optimal performance. It assesses firmware, kernel, storage, and network settings. It also conducts high-level tests of node and network performance using the Intel® MPI Library benchmarks, STREAM,* the High-Performance LINPACK* (HPL*) benchmark, the High Performance Conjugate Gradients* (HPCG*) benchmark, and other benchmarks. Intel® Cluster Checker can be extended with custom tests, and its functionality can be embedded into other software.Intel® Parallel Studio: This comprehensive suite of development tools makes it simpler to build and modernize code with the latest techniques in vectorization, multithreading, multinode parallelization, and memory optimization. It enables C, C++, Fortran, and Python* software developers to:■ Increase performance: Boost application performance that scales on current and future Intel® platforms.■ Build code faster: Simplify the process of creating parallel code.■ Get Priority Support: Connect directly to Intel® engineers for confidential answers to technical questions.Intel® Cluster Runtimes: Supplies key software runtime elements that are required on each cluster to ensure optimal performance paths for applications.Intel® runtime performance libraries, including Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL) and Intel MPI Library, deliver excellent performance optimized for clusters based on Intel® architecture.
Lenovo has worked closely with Microsoft for many years to ensure our products perform smoothly and reliably with Microsoft operating systems and software. Our customers can leverage the benefits of our partnership with Microsoft by taking advantage of HCI solutions that have been certified under the Microsoft Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) program. Deploying Lenovo certified configurations for Microsoft HCI solutions takes the guesswork out of system configuration.
Ready, Set, Simplify With explosive growth of data volume and variety, organizations need highly scalable solutions that enable nimble response to changing demands. IT departments want to better manage volatile workloads and growing data with predictable cost, elastic storage scalability and simplified administration. With Lenovo vSAN ReadyNodesTM you can rapidly deploy pre-engineered, tested and scalable storage to meet growing performance and capacity needs. VMware vSAN provides the first step in migrating to a Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC), providing high availability, ease of scale-out, and VM-specific storage policies. The combination of Lenovo servers and VMware software makes this a leading edge, cost-effective storage solution.Intel® OptaneTM TechnologyAs customers start to move their most business critical and performance sensitive applications to vSAN based HCI solutions they are recognizing that they need higher performance than the current SAS and SATA based All-Flash HCI solutions can deliver. Intel® OptaneTM addresses this performance issue by using NVMe, an interface designed for high performance and a non-volatile memory technology that can provide data at almost the speed of DRAM. Increase Security, Reliability, and Efficiency Lenovo vSAN ReadyNodes with Intel® OptaneTM technology provide an ideal combination of hardware and software for high performance and exceptional reliability allowing you to confidently converge diverse workloads on the same hyperconverged infrastructure. With the combination of powerful Lenovo Servers, Intel Optane Technology and VMware vSAN customers can expect· Up to 10x lower latency· 37% Better price performance· Up to 4x the IOPs When compared to SAS based All-Flash vSAN solutions.Lenovo servers blend outstanding uptime, performance and I/O flexibility for cost efficiency and rock-solid reliability, making it an excellent platform for virtualized environments. These powerful servers offer an energy-smart, affordable, and easy-to-use solution with a pay-as-you-grow design to help lower costs and manage risks. Businesses benefit from: · Resilient architecture with balanced performance and density ideal for VMware vSAN · High uptime with redundant hot-swap fans, disks and power supplies · Predictive failure analysis for advanced warning on power supplies, fans, VRMs, disks, processors and memorySmart Management Lenovo vSAN ReadyNodes can be rapidly provisioned and easily managed with Lenovo XClarityTM Administrator software. XClarity delivers:· Ability to deliver hardware like software · Fast, flexible and scalable hardware systems management · Integration into VMware vCenter and vRealize software to unify and automate end-to-end infrastructure provisioning and management Additionally, Lenovo XClarityTM Energy Manager provides you with the information, analysis, and policy-based automation to take control of your data center power requirements. Foundational Element for the Software-Defined Data Center The Lenovo Engineered Solutions for the VMware Software-Defined Data Center architecture and VMware Horizon client virtualization can help transform your data center into an agile, automated, and services-oriented data center. Industrial-grade Lenovo Engineered vSAN ReadyNode Systems with Lenovo XClarity provide the agile, elastic, and resilient foundational elements to accelerate your journey
The DataON K2N-212 includes two 2U server nodes and switchless “back-to-back” networking support. Optimized for performance and capacity, it features NVMe cache and cost-effective HDDs for capacity. It is expandable to up to three storage tiers with additional SATA SSDs. DataON Kepler 2-node (K2N) hyper-converged appliances are designed for small-to-medium sized businesses, remote office/branch offices, edge, and IoT deployments.
DataON HCI-224 solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI provide unrivaled performance with all-NVMe flash storage. It’s perfect for primary data centers looking for the best performance. Built-in integration with Azure makes it easy to use Azure for infrastructure management services.
DataON HCI-212 solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI are ideal for on-premises primary data centers that require large amounts of storage capacity. Built-in integration with Azure makes it easy to use Azure for infrastructure management services.
DataON HCI-208 HCI solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI provide unrivaled performance in a 2U solution. Equipped with Intel® NVMe flash storage, it’s ideal for small to medium-sized primary data centers. Built-in integration with Azure makes it easy to use Azure for infrastructure management services.
The DataON K2N-224 includes two 2U server nodes and switchless “back-to-back” networking support. Optimized for IOPS and performance, it can be configured with either Intel® Optane™ or NVMe for cache, with NVMe or SATA SSDs for capacity. DataON Kepler 2-node (K2N) hyper-converged appliances are designed for small-to-medium sized businesses, remote office/branch offices, edge, and IoT deployments.
The DataON K2N-108 includes two 1U server nodes and switchless “back-to-back” networking support. Optimized for performance with all-NVMe storage, its size and price makes it ideal for small-to-medium sized business, remote office/branch office, edge and IoT deployments.
The Intel® Select Solution for vSAN 6.7 was built within the WWT Advanced Technology Center to validate an Intel® Reference Architecture that was published November 2017. We’ve since upgraded the RA to match the latest releases of VMware vSAN and an updated Bill of Materials which include the latest Intel® Optane™ NVMe Drives. This infrastructure was built to enable testing and validation.The target audience for this demo capability and lab is for organizations looking to run high-performance workloads on a HyperConverged Infrastructure solution. Even Big Data could be run on an HCI solution with the proper Replication Factor settings on the SDS components along with Intel® Optane™ NVMe Drives.Multiple solutions and demos will be capable by this environment and will be flexible to expand to further use cases:Validate the complete hardware and software stack.Demonstrate that the solution can be used for a wider variety of use cases and applications than most HCI solutions on the market today.Demonstrates the Intel® Volume Management Device solution.Demonstrate how an NVMe environment can provide 10x the performance of a 3D NAND solution at almost 50% less cost.
The NT-HPC Simulation and Modeling Cluster provides a fast path for purchasing and deploying a cluster for advanced MPI workloads, plus, its configuration consists of a pre-validated selection of certain components designed to meet the demands of HPC applications and workflows. In addition, the performance of key system characteristics is verified for the Intel Select Solution for Simulation and Modeling at both the node and cluster level.Choosing an NT-HPC Simulation and Modeling Cluster takes the guesswork out of buying and deploying a cluster, and it puts the focus squarely where it needs to be—on using the cluster for discovery, higher productivity, and better performance. Inside the Select Solution from Nor-TechThe NT-HPC Simulation and Modeling Cluster is comprised of several key hardware and software components: Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, the Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA) HPC fabric for latency-sensitive workloads, and other Intel® technologies that benefit HPC applications. Component choices deliver optimized performance for MPI-based simulation and modeling applications. Supportability is also addressed with the inclusion of Intel® Cluster Checker and Nor-Tech’s own branded NT-EZ Cluster Support solutions, which provide expert systems advice for administrators to use in keeping a cluster functioning.
When it comes to compute-intensive research areas, like highenergy particle physics and weather modeling and prediction, or computer-aided engineering (CAE), simulation and modeling workloads need to run on high performance computing (HPC) clusters. To support those applications at scale, modern HPC systems require multi-core processors, high-bandwidth fabrics, and broad input/output (I/O) capabilities.Because of the complexity and variety of technologies available on the market, assembling an HPC system can be time-consuming. And, integration and configuration of selected components an impact the performance of the solution. The level of expertise required to properly configure the combined solution can intimidate small to large organizations. RSC Group and its family of RSC Tornado and RSC Tornado Phi supercomputing solutions deliver ultrahigh-dense, energy-efficient, high-performance processing for organizations that need supercomputing resources quickly.
Software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) simplify the way networks are designed, deployed, and managed enabling both provider and customer to monetize on new business models faster, and to lower costs. The increasing adoption of these technologies is redefining enterprise connectivity at the network edge where service providers are virtualizing network elements such as routers, firewalls, application delivery controllers and SD-WAN appliances and reunifying them on open universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) that can be programmed to fulfill new functions on the fly.To support these platforms, Intel has developed the Intel Select Solutions for uCPE reference design to arrive at a verified and workload-optimized configuration based on the functional requirements of a wide range of uCPE use cases. The FWA-3050 & FWA-5070 have been validated as Intel Select Solutions for uCPE and combine Advantech's whitebox advantage with the performance foundation of the Intel® Xeon® D processor and 2nd gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor on a commercial-off-the-shelf server-grade appliance that can host open-source and commercial software solutions with zero touch provisioning.