Optimize VMware vSphere with Tiered Memory

Optimized with tiered memory (DRAM + Intel® Optane™ persistent memory [PMem]), VMware vSphere deployments can keep up with growing data demands. This infographic tells the story of how tiered memory can optimize memory capacity, performance, and cost. DRAM capacity is not scaling fast enough to keep pace with today’s data explosion and quickly accelerating compute resources. Therefore, memory becomes a bottleneck because the gap between data and memory capacity is widening. Enter the concept of tiered memory. We’ve been using tiered storage for decades to optimize capacity use and storage cost. Tiered memory takes this concept a step further, enabling VMware vSphere deployments to affordably expand their memory footprint without any software application changes. The traditional single-tier memory uses DRAM, which is available in limited capacities and is costly per GB. With a tiered memory architecture, a small amount of DRAM serves as an L4 cache while Intel Optane PMem serves as a large-capacity memory pool. Per VMware recommendations, DRAM and Intel Optane PMem should be deployed in a 1:4 ratio, providing high capacity and low total cost of ownership (TCO). Benefits of using a tiered memory architecture include faster access to data for accelerated insights and decreased costs due to a lower cost/GB and the ability to consolidate servers. VMware and Intel continuously collaborate to increase the benefits of Intel Optane PMem in vSphere deployments. Learn more about how Intel Optane technology and VMware software work together to keep up with today’s demanding workloads. Read the infographic today!.