VMware Unveils Project Monterey: Re-Imagining Hybrid Cloud Architecture to Support Next-Generation ApplicationsDate : 29 Sep 2020
“Organizations are introducing increasingly sophisticated applications from cloud-native to machine learning to streaming apps that are distributed and data intensive,” said
At VMworld 2020,
Introducing Project Monterey to Address Next-Gen App Challenges
As organizations modernize existing apps and deploy news ones, traditional IT architectures are being stretched to meet their unique requirements. Next-generation apps spanning 5G transformation, cloud native, data-centric, machine learning, multi-cloud and hybrid apps distributed across environments have produced new challenges for IT organizations; including consuming an ever increasing amount of cycles on the server CPU—impacting performance.
To tackle these issues, organizations have adopted specialized systems with hardware accelerators such as graphics processing units (GPUs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and network interface cards (NICs) with offloading to support the performance and security needs of new apps. These accelerators have improved performance but led to siloed teams, specialized skills, increased total cost of ownership and introduced new levels of complexity and security requirements.
Support for SmartNICs:
VMwareis evolving VMware Cloud Foundation( VMwarevSphere, VMwarevSAN and VMware NSX) to support SmartNIC technology (also referred to as data processing units or DPUs), a new architectural component that offloads processing tasks that the server CPU would normally handle. By supporting SmartNICs, VMware Cloud Foundationwill be able to maintain compute virtualization on the server CPU while offloading networking and storage I/O functions to the SmartNIC CPU. This will allow applications to maximize the use of the available network bandwidth while saving server CPU cycles for top application performance. VMwarehas taken the first step of this evolution by enabling VMware ESXi to run on SmartNICs.
VMwarewill rearchitect VMware Cloud Foundationto enable disaggregation of the server including extending support for bare metal servers. This will enable an application running on one physical server to consume hardware accelerator resources such as FPGAs from other physical servers. This will also enable physical resources to be dynamically accessed based on policy or via software API, tailored to the needs of the application. Additionally, because ESXi is running on the SmartNIC, organizations will be able to use a single management framework to manage all their compute infrastructure whether it be virtualized or bare metal. The decoupling of networking, storage, and security functions from the main server allows these functions to be patched and upgraded independently from the server.
Security: With Project Monterey,
VMwarecan further deliver on its vision for intrinsic security. Each SmartNIC is capable of running a fully-featured stateful firewall and advanced security suite. Since this will run in the NIC and not in the host, up to thousands of tiny firewalls will be able to be deployed and automatically tuned to protect specific application services that make up the application—wrapping each service with intelligent defenses that can shield any vulnerability of that specific service. This will enable a custom-built defense that can be automatically tuned and deployed across tens of thousands of application services. Additionally, Project Monterey will enable enterprises or service providers supporting multiple tenants to isolate tenants from the core infrastructure.
Globally, telcos are increasingly leveraging the VMware Telco Cloud platform to virtualize and containerize their 5G network deployments. Project
Industry Leaders Support Project Monterey
“At Equinix, our investments in SmartNIC and related proximity networking technology form an important part of our global, interconnected infrastructure strategy. We’re excited about the potential of VMware’s Project Monterey to deliver security and performance for next-generation applications while simultaneously unifying infrastructure and operations for our customers.” –
“With today’s incredibly fast pace of new application innovation, there’s an opportunity to rethink the underlying IT infrastructure. We believe the enterprise of the future will comprise a disaggregated and composable environment. Working closely with
“We have worked closely with
“This collaboration is a great opportunity to expand our long-time strategic partnership with
“Our collaboration with
“Modern applications require a new architecture that brings more intelligence to the hybrid cloud. NVIDIA GPU-accelerated computing powers AI, data science, HPC and graphics workloads, and the NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPU integrated into
“We founded Pensando on the belief that the massive growth in data and need for distributed services created by emerging technologies such as 5G, IoT, and AI, would require a new approach to enterprise, SP and cloud infrastructure. Our vision for the Pensando Distributed Services Platform has always been that of a programmable, scalable, low latency, highly secure platform that not only improves the performance and capabilities of the server platform, it is key to simplifying data center operations and the delivery of next generation applications. This makes us a natural fit for Project Monterey and we’re very pleased to have been chosen to partner with
- Read Kit Colbert’s blog post “Announcing Project Monterey – Redefining Hybrid Cloud Architecture”
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- VMware Delivers Intrinsic Security to the World’s Digital Infrastructure
- VMware Empowers Customers to Build their Multi-Cloud Future
- VMware Expands Tanzu Portfolio and Partnerships to Accelerate Customers’ Infrastructure and Application Modernization Efforts
- VMware Delivers the Next Wave of Virtual Cloud Network Innovation to Connect and Protect Today’s Distributed, Multi-Cloud Enterprise
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