Enhanced Performance at Lower TCO with New Support for Intel 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors

August 17, 2023 | min

Nutanix announces Nutanix Cloud Platform™ (NCP) support for the next generation of servers based on the 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, previously code named Sapphire Rapids. This includes availability of Nutanix-branded NX™ servers with these chipsets, as well as support for certified OEM platforms from leading server manufacturers. Nutanix customers can now benefit from faster processing speeds, increased memory bandwidth, and improved total cost of ownership (TCO). The 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are designed to accelerate performance across the fastest-growing workloads that businesses depend on today.

Nutanix Cloud Platform

NCP is a unified multicloud platform for organizations to build and run all of their workloads and applications, regardless of scale or location. Nutanix customers can modernize their legacy IT infrastructure onto a common software platform along with newly developed cloud-native applications, spanning public clouds, data centers and disparate edge locations.

NCP runs on clusters of servers and integrates shared compute, storage, and networking resources into a pool that can be provisioned by end users to power their various workloads. Centralized management and automation enable IT to efficiently manage a global environment while users and application owners can focus on their applications, enabling a cloud operating model without the tradeoffs. 

Next-generation hardware platforms

The servers that NCP deployments are built on can be procured from a range of Nutanix partners and OEM providers, including the Nutanix NX, HPE ProLiant® DX, Lenovo ThinkAgile® HX, Dell XC™, and Fujitsu PRIMERGY® XF servers.

Support for the 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors enables 1.5x memory bandwidth with DDR5, double the I/O backplane bandwidth via PCIe Gen 5, and increased core counts up to 60 cores in a single CPU. These benefits enable lower TCO, but are most pronounced for higher-performance workloads such as high-throughput databases.

Nutanix and Intel are set to redefine performance with 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors—featuring built-in accelerators to improve performance across the fastest-growing workloads in AI, data analytics, networking, and storage. 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors have the most built-in accelerators of any CPU on the market and we are extremely excited to explore with Nutanix in bringing these new techologies to our customers.

Greg Ernst
Corporate Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group & General Manager, Americas Region

Nutanix is excited to announce the availability of the Nutanix Cloud Platform (NCP) on validated servers running Intel’s 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. NCP unites public cloud simplicity and agility with private cloud performance and security. Running NCP on the latest set of validated servers using 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, provides our customers with additional capabilities to run their most demanding applications and highlights the strong partnership Nutanix has with Intel and our joint server partners.

Saveen Pakala
VP Product Management, Platform - Nutanix

Broader NVMe storage support 

Storage is also enhanced with this next generation of servers, now with broader coverage of NVMe SSDs across vendors and models. NVMe is a protocol developed to maximize the capabilities of NAND-based storage devices, enabling vastly improved throughput and storage latency.

Nutanix distributed storage is designed with an NVMe-optimized datapath that is compatible with Intel VMD technology, and the architecture is designed to maintain data locality enabling applications to maximally benefit from the additional performance available via NVMe.

Expanded GPU support

The rise of AI has increased the demand for GPU acceleration as organizations increasingly develop AI-driven workloads to solve business problems and increase efficiency. NCP has emerged as an optimal platform for building and deploying AI-driven workloads due to the simplicity and scalability of the platform, as well as flexibility of deployment across clouds, on-premises, and at the distributed edge.

The newly announced server platforms support the latest generation of GPUs from Nvidia for improved rendering, AI, and VDI performance, as well as expanded GPU support across a wider range of server models. In addition, 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors include a built-in AI accelerator to enable AI everywhere. Every server will have an AI accelerator already built-in!

Size your deployment on the latest server platforms with the Nutanix Sizer™ tool Learn more about Nutanix supported platforms and review detailed platform specifications with the dynamic spec sheet. If you’re new to Nutanix, take NCP for a test drive and see how much simpler your IT environment can be.

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