Azure Debuts AMD EPYC Instances for Storage Optimized Workloads

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 6, 2017

Adoption of EPYC by a major cloud provider adds weight to AMD's argument that it has returned to the data center with a long-term commitment and product roadmap.

Earlier this year, Microsoft promised that it would become the first global cloud company to adopt AMD's new Epyc line of processors.

The Lv2-Series instances, based on Microsoft's Project Olympus design, run on the AMD EPYC 7551 processor, with a base core frequency of 2.2 GHz and a maximum single-core turbo frequency of 3.0 GHz.

Aylor said: "These L-Series instances tend to be those that are very high level storage coupled with high performance compute, which is a great fit as it relates to the attributes where Epyc is strong".

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Corey Sanders, director of compute, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp, said, "We're welcoming AMD's new EPYC processor to Microsoft Azure with the next generation of our L-Series Virtual Machines".

The instances make use of Microsoft's Project Olympus meant to deliver a next generation open source cloud hardware design developed with the Open Compute Community (OCP). Gaining a foothold in the X86 landscape today probably requires adoption by hyperscalers. Throughout this project, Microsoft has been working closely with AMD on integrated hardware and that partnership will continue into the future. The Lv2 VM family will leverage the high-core count and connectivity support of the EPYC processor, the company said. The company announced Tuesday a win with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) for its EPYC server processor, which was unveiled in June. Lv2-Series VMs will come in sizes ranging up to 64 vCPU's and 15TB of local resource disk.

"We think Project Olympus will be the basis for future innovation between Microsoft and AMD, and we look forward to adding more instance types in the future benefiting from the core density, memory bandwidth and I/O capabilities of AMD Epyc processors".

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