Wednesday, October 24th 2018

AMD and Oracle Collaborate to Provide AMD EPYC Processor-Based Offering in the Cloud

Today at Oracle OpenWorld 2018, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced the availability of the first AMD EPYCTM processor-based instance on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. With this announcement, Oracle becomes the largest public cloud provider to have a Bare Metal version on AMD EPYCTM processors1. The AMD EPYC processor-based "E" series will lead with the bare metal, Standard "E2", available immediately as the first instance type within the Series. At $0.03/Core hour, the AMD EPYC instance is up to 66 percent less on average per core than general purpose instances offered by the competition2 and is the most cost-effective instance available on any public cloud.

"With the launch of the AMD instance, Oracle has once again demonstrated that we are focused on getting the best value and performance to our customers," said Clay Magouyrk, senior vice president, software development, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. "At greater than 269 GB/Sec, the AMD EPYC platform3, offers the highest memory bandwidth of any public cloud instance. Combined with increased performance, these cost advantages help customers maximize their IT dollars as they make the move to the cloud."
In addition to the bare metal offering, today's release also features the one, two, four and eight core VM Shapes. The new offering takes advantage of the industry leading core count, memory bandwidth, I/O capability4,5,6, as well as advanced security features that come with the AMD EPYC processor. While ideal for general purpose cloud computing workloads, the offering also supports Oracle applications.
"We are delighted that Oracle is adding AMD EPYC processors to its cloud offerings. The EPYC processor provides more cores, more memory bandwidth, and outstanding stability. That translates into leadership TCO for cloud deployments2. It is a perfect fit for Oracle customers running their business applications in the cloud," said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD. "Our work with Oracle highlights how the EPYC processors' unique design offers cloud users a significant price/performance advantage."

With 64 cores per server and up to 33 percent more memory channels than comparable x86 instances4 the Standard E2 instance is ideally suited for data analytics workloads that demand higher cores and memory bandwidth. Within the Hadoop ecosystem, AMD has partnerships with many of the leading providers including Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Transwarp. On a complete 10TB Terasort run the AMD instance demonstrated up to 40 percent savings in cost per Terasort as compared to other x86 instances7.

Within the HPC space, the higher memory bandwidth of the EPYC instance makes it a great fit for customer use cases around weather modeling, computational fluid dynamics, simulation and crash analysis in aviation and automotive manufacturing, and oil and gas exploration. On a 14M cell Fluent CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulation on a winged aircraft solved on 4 Nodes, the EPYC processor-based instance demonstrated up to a 30 percent reduction in total cost, coupled with reduction in overall run times.8

These instances are generally available in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's U.S. East-Ashburn region today, London by the end of October and will be available in other U.S. and European regions by the end of the year.
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9 Comments on AMD and Oracle Collaborate to Provide AMD EPYC Processor-Based Offering in the Cloud

#3
DeathtoGnomes
about time Oracle got off their ass about it.
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#4
m4dn355
Great news for AMD investors, us consumers and overall market.
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#5
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This looks to be a good vote of confidence from Oracle for AMD.

Still a ways for AMD to go to regain any type of enterprise confidence they lost after leaving their customers hanging last time, but a step in the right direction.
#6
Renald
That's a good news. Despite license complexity, Oracle is probably the greatest DB for middle range company.
Nothing alike postgre (very slow) and DB2 (very complex and buggy).
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
RenaldThat's a good news. Despite license complexity, Oracle is probably the greatest DB for middle range company.
Nothing alike postgre (very slow) and DB2 (very complex and buggy).
This is literally the first positive thing I have ever read about Oracle. Seriously.
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Renald
FrickThis is literally the first positive thing I have ever read about Oracle. Seriously.
Have you been dealing with IBM software ?
Have you been dealing with SAP software ?
Have you been dealing with Microsoft environment ?

IBM buy, rename, and trash what they have. They are pricey and inefficient most of the time.
SAP has a worse licensing model than everybody (even worse than IBM). You need a half-time of and expert to check licenses of your clients...
Microsoft...for starter you need to be on Windows, which is a pin the ass as an architect (IMO Redhat is the best actually). Many useful AND powerful tools aren't available and SQL Server execution plan is terrible.

You can blame Oracle for many things, like buying Java and some of their buggy softwares, but not for their Database.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
RenaldHave you been dealing with IBM software ?
Have you been dealing with SAP software ?
Have you been dealing with Microsoft environment ?

IBM buy, rename, and trash what they have. They are pricey and inefficient most of the time.
SAP has a worse licensing model than everybody (even worse than IBM). You need a half-time of and expert to check licenses of your clients...
Microsoft...for starter you need to be on Windows, which is a pin the ass as an architect (IMO Redhat is the best actually). Many useful AND powerful tools aren't available and SQL Server execution plan is terrible.

You can blame Oracle for many things, like buying Java and some of their buggy softwares, but not for their Database.
No to all questions, which is why I said "read". ;)
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