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Azure Debuts AMD EPYC Instances for Storage Optimized Workloads

06 Décembre 2017

At that time, Microsoft announced that they will support Windows Azure and Windows Server on AMD EPYC processors. These 32-core Zen-powered behemoths came out of the gate with wide support from tech companies and we even saw Dropbox sign a deal to start using EPYC to power its cloud storage platform.

Now, Microsoft has announced that it has deployed Epyc in its data centers, and is offering the chips as part of the latest L-Series virtual machines, codenamed 'Lv2.' The x86 CPUs have already been incorporated into Project Olympus, Microsoft's open source blueprint for hyperscale server hardware, originally announced at DCD Zettastructure 2016. AMD had been absent from that segment for a number of years.

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.

The Lv2-Series is created to support demanding workloads like MongoDB, Cassandra, and Cloudera that are storage intensive and demand high levels of I/O.

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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).

Throw in the facts that AMD would not comment when asked how many EPYCs Microsoft has acquired and that the new instance type is in preview only, and it looks like AMD has a foot in the door rather than an invitation to dinner. These sizes will support Azure premium storage disks by default and will also support accelerated networking capabilities for the highest throughput of any cloud.

"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".

Azure Debuts AMD EPYC Instances for Storage Optimized Workloads