With enterprise adoption of public cloud services at 10 percent, Verizon identified a need for a cloud service that was secure, reliable and highly flexible with enterprise-grade performance guarantees. Large, global enterprises want to take advantage of the agility, flexibility and compelling economics of the public cloud, but the performance and reliability are not up to par for their needs. To fulfill this need, Verizon spent over two years identifying and developing software using AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000, the industry’s first and only programmable server hardware. The new services redefine the benchmarks for public cloud computing and storage performance and security.
Case Study - Verizon Cloud
Designed specifically for enterprise customers, the new services allow companies to use the same policies and procedures across the enterprise network and the public cloud. The close collaboration has resulted in cloud computing services with unheralded performance level guarantees that are offered with competitive pricing.
The new cloud services are backed by the power of Verizon, including global data centers, global IP network and enterprise-grade managed security services. The performance and security innovations are expected to accelerate public cloud adoption by the enterprise for their mission critical applications.
AMD and Verizon Co-Develop Revolutionary Public Cloud Platform
While researching the technology required to develop an enterprise-class cloud service, Verizon came to the conclusion that it was not possible using off the shelf servers and created a partnership with AMD to collaborate on new cloud technologies. The collaboration focused on leveraging AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 server and the SeaMicro Freedom™ fabric’s ability to interconnect compute, storage and network I/O of 1.28 Tbps of bandwidth. With integrated networking, it eliminates top-of-rack switches, terminal servers, and thousands of cables to reduce deployment time and errors.
AMD and Verizon co-developed hardware and software to dynamically reserve, allocate and guarantee application service level agreements (SLA). AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 server delivers the industry’s first and only programmable server hardware that includes a high bandwidth, low latency programmable interconnect fabric, programmable data and control plane for both network and storage traffic. Leveraging the programmable server hardware, Verizon innovated and developed unique software to guarantee and deliver much needed reliability and SLAs for an enterprise-class cloud offering.
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