Peter Bright / Ars Technica - 2 years ago
  • Microsoft will soon be offering virtual machines in its Azure cloud service based on AMD’s Epyc processors.
  • The growth of the cloud computing market has, until now, been a success story for Intel’s Xeon server processors, as the rise of cloud computing came at the same time as Intel was particularly dominant in the x86 processor market.
  • Epyc, aimed at one- and two-socket systems, isn’t necessarily faster than comparable Intel Xeons, but its mix of features—lots of threads and cores, and more memory and I/O bandwidth than Intel’s latest Xeons offer—along with Intel-level performance makes it a serious competitor in the server space.