Enterprises need a faster, more cost-effective path to the cloud. Unfortunately, moving to the cloud presents a whole new way to work, deploy, and manage your applications, which can be overwhelming for many organizations.Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and VMware partnered to deliver Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. Since then, Oracle has helped customers take full advantage of industry-leading OCI Compute shapes with the same familiar and certified VMware tooling that they use on-premises. Customers using Oracle Cloud VMware Solution include leading enterprises in finance and banking, retail, telecommunication, manufacturing, government, and global systems integrators. Instead of having to rearchitect, reskill, or refactor their applications, they have turned to OCI for a fast path to the cloud with the same predictability, security, and control of VMware workloads that they have on-premises.

With these facts in mind, we’re excited to announce our spring ’22 release, which has the following features:

  • New E4 Dense bare metal AMD EPYC processor powered Compute shapes
  • Support for OCI File Storage as secondary storage that scales to 8 exabytes
  • Shielded VMware Instances to prevent ransomware attacks
  • Integration with OCI Monitoring and OCI Notification services using email, PagerDuty, and Slack
  • VMware product validations for vRealize Cloud Management, Site Recovery Manager, Horizon, and Tanzu.

Greater flexibility with E4 Dense AMD EPYC processor Compute shapes

One size doesn’t fit all VMware workloads. Some applications require more compute processing, while others need more memory for real-time transaction processing. For example, streaming video and AI or ML applications require fast processing power. Other real-time transaction processing applications require large amounts of in-memory data processing to achieve performance goals. Finally, other applications have intermittent usage patterns in response to business-driven events or seasonality.

Today, we’re releasing three new E4 Dense Compute shapes for Oracle Cloud VMware Solution with AMD EPYC processors available in 32-, 64-, and 128-core configurations to provide a more cost-effective path to the public cloud. Powered by Third Gen AMD EPYC processors with a base clock frequency of 2.55 GHz and a max boost (maximum frequency achievable by any single core on the processor under normal operating conditions for server systems) of up to 3.5 GHz and up to 256 MB of L3 cache, these instances provide up to 2 TB of RAM, 100 Gbps of overall network bandwidth, and 54.4 TB of raw NVMe internal disk.

“AMD EPYC processors have enabled efficient and high-performance cloud computing solutions at OCI with the E4 instance launched in 2021, and now with the new E4 Dense instances we are growing the types of solutions powered by EPYC processors, like the newest Oracle Cloud VMware Solution,” said Lynn Comp, corporate vice president of cloud business at AMD. “Customers will not only have an easier path to the cloud for certified VMware workloads, but they will get the performance they expect from OCI compute shapes powered by AMD EPYC processors. We’re thrilled to work with OCI and VMware and look forward to growing customer adoption.”

For VMware workloads, the E4 Dense shape allows customers to deploy a software-defined data center (SDDC) that is tailored to their specific workload with 32-, 64-, 128-core configurations with 2.7–3.5 times more memory and 1.2–3.5 times more storage per host than other offerings.

The new shape provides a more cost-effective path to the public cloud in the following scenarios:

  • Migrate large computationally intense workloads, such as databases and enterprise applications that benefit from the per-core price advantage of a 128-core configuration.
  • Consolidate virtual machines (VMs) more cost-effectively by combining many smaller VMs into a few larger VMs with a large memory footprint.
  • Build a more cost-effective disaster recovery solution by reducing your cost per TB of storage.

Learn more about how Oracle Cloud VMware Solution E4 Dense can help you meet your pricing requirements better than other options in this post by Brian Huynh, director competitive intelligence, and refer to the Oracle pricing guide for more details.

TIM Brasil achieves 25% faster processing speed for customer billing

Customers of all sizes use Oracle Cloud VMware Solution to increase agility, lower costs, and speed time to value in the Cloud. Instead of refactoring your application to work in the cloud, the cloud should be engineered to support every app. TIM Brasil, a major telecommunications provider, is a customer that we have partnered with closely. By deploying Oracle Cloud VMware Solution with E4 Dense shape, they dramatically reduced costs and improve the processing times of their customer billing system.

“With more than 60 million customers, TIM Brasil is partnering with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to move 100% of our workloads to the cloud,” said Moisés M. Ferrari, CTIO of information technology infrastructure operations and cloud management at TIM Brasil. “We chose OCI for the granularity and flexibility it provided in compute resources and the ease of moving our workloads to the cloud. The Oracle Cloud VMware Solution was the fastest way to migrate our different systems, which are heterogeneous, and VMware workloads to OCI. In addition, the new E4 Dense instances with the AMD x86 EPYC processor, 2 TB of memory, 100-Gbps network throughput, and 54.4 TB of internal NVMe storage allowed us to achieve 25% faster processing of our customer billing system.”

Global reach and predictable pricing

OCI has the fastest growing network of global data centers, with 37 cloud regions available and seven more planned by the end of 2022. On day one of each new region, Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is available with consistent and predictable pricing that doesn’t vary from region-to-region.

OCI File Storage NFSv3 cloud datastore

OCI File Storage is a scalable, secure, enterprise-grade secondary storage solution that can be used for structured or unstructured data for big data and analytics, backup from VMware workloads to native Oracle storage, and other resiliency use cases to protect against failures.

This VMware validation enables Oracle Cloud VMware Solution to scale the storage layer of your SDDC without needing to add new Compute resources. OCI File Storage is a fully managed elastic file system built for the cloud that enables customers to migrate their enterprise workloads to the cloud. Every file system scales automatically to accommodate the growth of up to 8 exabytes. File Storage also eliminates the need to provision capacity in advance, so customers pay only for the capacity they need. File Storage also offers snapshot and clone capabilities to simplify business continuity for enterprise applications.

Learn how to add File Storage to an existing SDDC in this post from Vinay Rao, principal solution architect at Oracle, or watch this video.

Shielded ESXi instances to protect from ransomware attacks

Shielded ESXi instances help protect users from ransomware attacks by running files remotely, changing system configuration, stealing passwords, encryption keys, and performing data exfiltration.

Shielded ESXi instances use a combination of Secure Boot and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to harden the firmware security of ESXi Instances. Secure Boot checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including firmware drivers, extensible firmware interface (EFI) applications, and the OS. With Secure Boot enabled, ESXi instances refuse to load any UEFI driver or app unless the operating system boot loader is cryptographically signed. The TPM is a computer chip that securely stores artifacts, such as signatures, certificates, and encryption keys used to authenticate a platform.

You can add shielded ESXi instances when you create your SDDC. Learn more in this post.

OCI Monitoring and Notification services using email, PagerDuty, and Slack

We’ve all been in a situation where something isn’t right, and we receive a text, call, or email. Naturally, you want to expect the best and plan for the worst. OCI infrastructure health monitoring covers this situation as a part of the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution provisioning process for all hosts. With OCI observability services, VMware administrators can create user-defined alarms and notifications for infrastructure metrics. When you enable alarms for an SDDC, all ESXi host instances in the SDDC are monitored. The OCI notifications service integrates and provides notifications using email, SMS, PagerDuty, Slack, and functions.

To learn more, check out the complete developer’s guide to OCI Notifications and this blog on how to monitor and replace ESXi nodes on Oracle Cloud VMware Solution.

VMware product validations

To help enterprises quickly adopt Oracle Cloud VMware Solution in a way that bolsters operational efficiency and developer productivity, we’re pleased to announce full support for VMware vRealize Cloud Management, Site Recovery Manager, Horizon, and Tanzu.

“Oracle Cloud VMware Solution delivers built-in enterprise-grade infrastructure capabilities for business-critical applications,” said Narayan Bharadwaj, vice president of cloud solutions for the Cloud Infrastructure Business Group at VMware. “Enterprises can implement an operating model that spans Oracle Cloud and on-premises data centers with a rich set of enterprise management capabilities for operations, automation, and network insight. New Compute support for AMD-based shapes, network file system external storage support with OCI File Storage service, built-in ransomware protection with Shielded ESXi instances, and expanded support for VMware solutions, including vRealize, Horizon, Site Recovery Manager, and Tanzu can further increase the flexibility of Oracle Cloud VMware Solution to address customers’ most strategic use cases.”

Virtual desktops with VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon for Oracle Cloud VMware Solution delivers a seamlessly integrated solution for virtual desktops and applications. If you’re already familiar with Horizon or have Horizon deployed on-premises, deploying Horizon on OCI lets you use a unified architecture for operational consistency and use the same features and flexibility.

To learn more about how to get started with Horizon on Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, check out this tutorial.

Disaster recovery with Site Recovery Manager

Recovery site resources can be expensive. When combined with the dynamic on-demand scalability of Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, VMware Site Recovery Manager provides the ideal mixture of cost and recovery time. The recovery site resources can be kept at a minimal level until needed and then expanded as part of the recovery process.

Site Recovery Manager on Oracle Cloud VMware Solution provides automated orchestration and integrates natively with VMware vSphere Replication. It simplifies management with a centralized policy-based runbook and ensures fast and highly predictable recovery times. Support is available for multiple topologies.

Learn more about how to combine the flexibility of OCI with the established capabilities of Site Recovery Manager in this blog by Cato Grace, senior technical marketing architect at VMware, and the Site Recovery Manager Solution Playbook.

Unified operations with vRealize Cloud Management

Organizations can deploy a software-defined data center (SDDC) in 37 global OCI cloud regions in under two hours. But as workloads continue to grow, a unified cloud operating model for consistent infrastructure and operations is a cloud imperative.

To simplify your cloud operations, vRealize Cloud Management products are certified and fully supported with Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, offering the following features:

  • vRealize Operations Cloud brings deep self-driving IT operations management.
  • vRealize Automation Cloud provides a multifaceted automation solution that enables scaling out your operations while defining your cloud consumption processes.
  • vRealize Log Insight Cloud delivers centralized log management, deep operational visibility, and intelligent analytics for better troubleshooting and security for Oracle Cloud VMware Solution.
  • vRealize Network Insight Cloud provides granular network visibility and application relationship visualization that proves indispensable for your OCI migration.

Learn how to apply your favorite suite of VMware vRealize Cloud Management products to maintain consistent operations and cloud consumption experience in this post by Lefteris Marakas, product marketing manager at VMware.

VMware Tanzu standard edition

Many companies are embracing Tanzu to help their developers spend more time coding and operational teams spend less time patching. VMware Tanzu for Oracle Cloud VMware Solution provides tested, sustainable methodologies to build new applications and migrate existing ones to OCI. Using Tanzu, customers streamline operations of their Kubernetes clusters with centralized lifecycle management and global visibility of workloads.

Oracle and VMware continue to partner in the Kubernetes ecosystem with leading open source technologies, such as Cluster API on OCI. Learn more OCI support for Cluster API in this post from Paul Jenkins, Senior Principle Product Manager Oracle.

Conclusion

Moving to the cloud cab seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Many organizations with large VMware workloads on-premises have successfully moved to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, using the same familiar VMware tools and third-party integrations.

Join us on May 25, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET for a live webinar to learn more about the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution and our Spring release.

Are you interested in learning more about how customers are using Oracle Cloud VMware Solution? Learn how TIM Brasil transforms with multicloudwhy Rumo runs its Brazilian railroad operations on OCIhow AYA Bank improves efficiency and cuts TCO 55%, and how Maxim’s optimizes their operations with Oracle Cloud VMware Solution and Exadata Cloud Service on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

By Sheryl Sage Sr, Principal Product Manager
Source Oracle

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