Microsoft Will Use AMD’s Eypc Server Processors For Azure Cloud
Overall, 2017 has been a good year for AMD and it looks like the company will finish out the year on a high note. Microsoft has announced that it will be using AMD’s Epyc server processors to power its Azure cloud service.
Microsoft recently set up Epyc processors in its data servers to prepare for the eventual launch of the L-Series of Virtual Machine. Microsoft believes that Eypc’s high-core count and connectivity support will be helpful for its cloud service.
“We are extremely excited to be partnering with Microsoft Azure to bring the power of AMD EPYC processors into their datacenter,” said Scott Aylor of Enterprise Solutions. “There is tremendous opportunity for users to tap into the capabilities we can deliver across storage and other workloads through the combination of AMD EPYC processors on Azure. We look forward to the continued close collaboration with Microsoft Azure on future instances throughout 2018.”
Corey Sanders, of Microsoft’s Azure Compute team, also welcomed the partnership between the two companies.
‘We’re welcoming AMD’s new EPYC processor to Microsoft Azure with the next generation of our L-Series Virtual Machines. The new Lv2-Series are High I/O, dense storage offerings which make EPYC perfect for Azure customers’ demanding workloads. We’ve enjoyed a deep collaboration with AMD on our next generation open source cloud hardware design called Microsoft’s Project Olympus. 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.’
In terms of hardware, AMD’s Eypic processors are the most powerful server hardware that AMD has produced offering a base core frequency of 2.2 GHz and single-core turbo frequency of 3.0. The 128 PCIe lanes means that the hardware can provide Microsoft, and other companies, with 33 percent more connectivity than two-socket solutions.
Lv2-Series are based on Microsoft’s Project Olympus and were introduced last year.
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