Red Hat Deploys 1,000 Virtual Machines on a Single SeaMicro SM15000-OP Server for Red Hat OpenShift and OpenStack Deployments
Less is More with Red Hat OpenShift
Red Hat OpenShift, which runs on Red Hat OpenStack, is Red Hat’s cloud computing Platform-as- a-Service (PaaS) offering. The service provides built-in support for nearly every open source programming language, including Node.js, Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, and Java. OpenShift can also be expanded with customizable modules that allow developers to add other languages.
When the Red Hat sales team experienced an increase in demand for OpenShift demonstrations from sales prospects, the data center operations team had difficulty fulfilling the requests. Because they did not have dedicated demonstration servers, the demo process typically entailed procuring and deploying a new server in a collation facility. The servers’ dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) capacity was stretched thin, so new servers had to be constantly deployed to fulfill an increasing volume of requests. The result was long lead times that did not meet the sales team’s requirements. Red Hat decided to build out a dedicated demonstration server cluster to support the growing demand for OpenShift demonstrations.
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The team used a standard 1-RU, single-socket, four-core server. Initially, the solution was very cost- effective, but a detailed analysis showed that, over time, supporting the required 1,000 virtual machines would require a significant number of servers and large data center power and space footprints. After thoroughly evaluating and testing solutions from IBM and Dell, Red Hat selected AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000-OP server, which occupies only a quarter of a single rack compared with the multiple racks required by other server solutions. The SeaMicro SM15000-OP provides greater value compared to traditional blade servers, which cost 25 percent more for comparable performance and capacity.
AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000-OP system is the highest- density server available today and consumes 50 percent less power than traditional servers. In 10-rack units, it provides 64 single-socket servers linked by a 1.28 terabyte high-performance supercompute fabric called SeaMicro Freedom™ Fabric. The SM15000 server eliminates top-of-rack switches, terminal servers, hundreds of cables, and thousands of unnecessary components for a simpler and more efficient operational environment. The system supports 64 GB of DRAM per socket for a total of up to four terabytes of DRAM per system, doubling the capacity for virtualization over Red Hat’s former system.
Reducing Provisioning Process from Months to Seconds
Red Hat OpenStack’s robust Infrastructure-as-a- Service (IaaS) capabilities, when combined with Red Hat OpenShift, provide an end-to-end, fully scalable infrastructure with a well-integrated foundation. This tight integration provides seamless visibility, from the logical PaaS tier to the physical infrastructure running in the data center, allowing for the automation of provisioning virtual machines, language runtimes, network interfaces, and DNS settings. Using the SM15000-OP freed up the operations’ teams time to focus on critical customer requirements instead of repeatedly installing and configuring servers. It reduced a process that historically took days or months to seconds.
Red Hat’s emphasis on bridging the communities that create open source software and the enterprises that use it encourages the rapid innovation of open source technology in mission-critical, enterprise environments. As the adoption of cloud computing accelerates, Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack allow enterprises and IT organizations to deploy a fully-integrated solution that supports private, public, and hybrid cloud architectures. Better efficiency of data center operations becomes an increasingly important metric and strategic advantage for any organization.
SeaMicro SM15000 Server Provides Unprecedented Performance Guarantees
The collaboration resulted in a public cloud service with unmatched capabilities. The innovations in compute performance, storage flexibility and networking are one of the most significant advancements in cloud computing.
Compute Performance Industry Firsts
Server disaggregation creates massive pools of computing resources from which virtual machines can be provisioned with granular configuration options.
Server provisioning in seconds
Fine-grained server configuration options that match real life requirements, not just small, medium, large sizing
Virtual machine processor speed options: 500 MHz to 2,000 MHz
Virtual machine DRAM options: 0.5 GB increments
Storage Flexibility Industry Firsts
Verizon Cloud Storage allows the sharing of the disks among multiple virtual machines with multi-path redundancy.
Shared disks across multiple server instances versus requiring each virtual machine to have its own dedicated drive, which is not available from other cloud services
Defined storage quality of service by specifying performance up to 5,000 IOPS to meet the demands of the application being deployed, compared to best-effort performance
Security, Network Performance, and Operations Industry Firsts
The system integrates Layer 2 networking, allowing enterprises to extend their network and operational procedures to the public cloud.
Consistent network security policies and procedures across the enterprise network and the public cloud
Strict traffic isolation, data encryption, and data inspection with full featured firewalls that achieve Department of Defense and PCI compliance levels
Guarantee network performance for every virtual machine with reserved network performance up to 500 Mbps compared to no guarantees in many other public clouds