Microsoft Azure deploys AMD EPYC processors in its datacenters

Earlier this year, AMD launched the new EPYC 7000 series high-performance datacenter processors with up to 32 high-performance “Zen” cores that delivers greater performance than the competition across a full range of integer, floating point, memory bandwidth, and I/O benchmarks and workloads. At that time, Microsoft announced that they will support Windows Azure and Windows Server on AMD EPYC processors. Today, Microsoft announced the availability of the next generation of storage-optimized L-series VMs powered by this new AMD EPYC processors.

The Lv2-Series is designed to support demanding workloads like MongoDB, Cassandra, and Cloudera that are storage intensive and demand high levels of I/O. And they come in sizes ranging up to 64 vCPU’s and 15TB of local resource disk.

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 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.”

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with Microsoft Azure to bring the power of AMD EPYC processors into their datacenter,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager 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.”

Source: AMD

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