H3C UIS hyper-converged solution uses fifth-generation Intel Xeon scalable processors

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H3C UIS hyper-converged solution uses fifth-generation Intel Xeon scalable processors

Posted Date: 2024-01-13

Hyperconvergence is an excellent choice for enterprises to build infrastructure in the software-defined era. Benefiting from the performance advantages of the fifth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, we have enhanced the performance of the H3C UIS hyper-converged solution in key services such as databases, achieving significant intergenerational performance improvements. On the basis of strong hardware, we will continue to promote the transformation of hyper-convergence to meet the needs of customers at any stage, scale, scenario, and form of information development.

The H3C UIS hyper-converged solution based on the fifth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor provides users with efficient private cloud and edge cloud hyper-converged options, demonstrating the performance, rapid delivery, and agile operation and maintenance of hyper-converged infrastructure. Advantage. Based on the current work results, Intel and H3C will continue to promote technological innovation, accelerate the iteration of hyper-converged products and solutions, and provide powerful computing power support for various workloads.

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has become an important choice for enterprises to promote digital transformation. HCI is committed to solving the following challenges and helping users build excellent IT infrastructure.

Performance challenges

The expansion of HCI application scenarios requires carrying ERP, ROBO, VDI and other key enterprise services. These application scenarios pose new challenges to the overall hardware performance of HCI, especially the computing power performance. CPU computing power will become critical and the determining factor in critical business response capabilities.

cost challenge

Facing the digital transformation and private cloud deployment of small and medium-sized enterprises, reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of users, reducing the complexity of operation and maintenance, and realizing efficient collaboration of software and hardware through key technologies such as software-defined storage, network and virtualization, it has also become an HCI product. The biggest highlight. Therefore, how to combine hardware platforms to improve the performance density and efficiency of single-node HCI has become a major challenge for HCI product development.

Solution overview

Digital transformation has become a new engine for enterprises to promote high-quality development during the "14th Five-Year Plan" period. Enterprises are continuously strengthening investment in digital transformation. This not only helps data value mining, but also brings new challenges to IT infrastructure. . In this context, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), which provides shared storage and computing resources based on software-defined storage, software-defined computing, commodity hardware, and unified management interfaces, has become an important tool for data centers to enhance IT agility and control IT total cost of ownership. (TCO) is an important choice.

The H3C UIS hyper-converged solution can be combined with the cloud operating system to achieve in-depth optimization of open source cloud core components, effectively solving pain points such as the complexity of traditional IT deployment and management and insufficient computer room space, and meeting the need for rapid cloud migration. In order to obtain higher performance, the H3C UIS hyper-converged solution uses the fifth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor and utilizes advanced hardware capabilities such as Intel Quick Assist Technology (Intel QAT) built into the processor to accelerate the performance of applications such as databases. Performance. Hammerdb TPROC-C benchmark test data shows that compared to the third generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, the fifth generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor can improve database performance to 1.30 times1.

Figure 1. H3C UIS hyper-converged solution architecture

H3C UIS hyper-converged solution

H3C UIS hyper-convergence is a software-defined infrastructure solution independently developed by H3C Group for the next generation of enterprise and industry data centers. Seamlessly integrate software technologies such as computing virtualization, storage virtualization, network virtualization, security virtualization, database services, operation and maintenance monitoring and management, disaster recovery and backup, and cloud business process delivery on general servers.

H3C UIS fully lossless hyper-convergence upgrades the traditional hyper-converged kernel to a new hyper-converged cloud-native core to better meet the needs of cloud-native business and flexibly build an application-centered cloud data center. It can be adaptively deployed in all-area cloud scenarios of private cloud, hybrid cloud, and edge cloud, providing customers with a fully lossless cloud computing infrastructure with ultimate integration, excellent delivery, simplified cloud migration, extremely wide scenarios, and extremely fast performance to meet the needs of data centers. The technological architecture transformation needs for any stage, scale, and scenario of informatization development in the next ten years.

H3C UIS hyper-converged hardware equipment is a rack-mounted all-in-one machine and a blade-type all-in-one machine. Customers can select matching hyper-converged all-in-one machine models based on business scenarios and workload assessments, with flexible selection of CPU, memory, hard disk and other components. At the same time, it supports NVMe SSD + HDD mechanical hard disk hybrid deployment mode and full SSD mode. According to different requirements for storage capacity and density space, H3C UIS hyper-convergence provides multiple series of all-in-one machines including UIS 2000, UIS 3000, UIS 4500, UIS 5000, UIS 5300, UIS 6000, UIS 9000, etc., with CTO (Configure to Order) , customized production) and BTO (Build To Order, order production) model to deliver to customers.

The UIS 2000 Rubik's Cube series all-in-one machine integrates two dual-channel nodes in a 2U chassis. At least a single UIS 2000 hyper-converged all-in-one machine is needed to build a cloud computing platform. The resources are highly integrated. Compared with the traditional hardware deployment model, It can provide a user experience that is easier to install, more space-intensive, lower power consumption, more powerful performance, and more flexible scenarios. And users can enter hybrid cloud and edge cloud at a lower total cost of ownership, bringing users a consistent architecture, consistent services, and consistent experience from the center to the edge to the hybrid cloud.

Achieve 1.30x generational performance improvement with 5th generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors2

In order to improve performance, the H3C UIS hyper-converged solution recommends using H3C UIS hyper-converged all-in-one machines equipped with fifth-generation Intel Xeon scalable processors. The fifth generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor has more reliable performance and better energy efficiency. It delivers significant performance-per-watt gains across a variety of workloads, delivering better performance and total cost of ownership (TCO) in AI, data center, networking and scientific computing. Compared with the previous generation, the fifth generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors can provide higher computing power and faster memory within the same power consumption range. In addition, it is software and platform compatible with previous generation products, so testing and validation efforts can be significantly reduced when deploying new systems.

Figure 3. Fifth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver powerful performance

In database applications, the H3C UIS hyper-converged solution also uses the Intel QAT accelerator built into the fifth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor to improve data compression performance. Intel QAT is a hardware acceleration technology launched by Intel for high-performance security, private key protection and compression/decompression scenarios. It can offload related loads from the CPU to QAT, effectively improving the performance of applications and platforms. Intel QAT can perform data compression for efficient compression algorithms in hardware, improving data compression efficiency without additionally increasing the CPU load.

In an Oracle database instance running on a virtual machine, H3C used the hammerdb TPROC-C benchmark to verify the generational performance improvement of fifth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors compared to third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The test data is shown in Figure 4. Compared with the third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, the fifth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor improves performance to 1.30 times in database applications8.

Figure 4. Hammerdb TPROC-C benchmark CPU generation performance comparison


By using the fifth generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, the H3C UIS hyper-converged solution can bring the following benefits to users:

Provide more powerful CPU computing power support for computing, storage, and network applications, resolve performance bottlenecks in large-scale, highly concurrent applications, speed up application response, and ensure better quality of service (QoS).

PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory support can bring higher overall platform performance and reduce server scale requirements in hyper-converged clusters. This helps reduce space, power supply, cooling and other costs caused by server deployment and improves return on investment.

Through accelerators such as Intel QAT, it helps to offload loads such as data compression, reduce CPU resource consumption, and save storage space.

Hyperconvergence is an important delivery form of cloud computing, and more and more governments and enterprises are adopting hyperconverged infrastructure. The H3C UIS hyper-converged all-in-one machine based on the fifth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor is well adapted to users' cloud transformation needs. It realizes the overall delivery of customizable cloud computing infrastructure and fully optimizes the performance of software and hardware equipment. Users do not need to consider the compatibility issues between software and hardware infrastructure, and can obtain one-stop delivery and operation and maintenance. Realizing that one box is the cloud greatly lowers the threshold for IT cloudification, reduces the difficulty of IT expansion and operation and maintenance, and greatly shortens the speed of business rollout.

Through close cooperation with Intel, H3C has integrated the new generation of Intel Xeon Scalable processors and technologies into the innovation of hyper-converged all-in-one machines, comprehensively improving the performance of all-in-one machines and paving the way for the application of all-in-one machines in key industry businesses. It has laid a solid foundation for hardware capabilities and demonstrated the important value of hyper-converged architecture in digital transformation. The two parties will further cooperate in aspects such as hardware selection and software optimization to fully unleash the potential of hyper-convergence.

Review Editor: Liu Qing

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