The process of AMD ramping up its EPYC efforts involves a lot of ‘first-step’ vendor interaction. Having been a very minor player for so long, all the big guns are taking it slowly with AMD’s newest hardware in verifying whether it is suitable for their workloads and customers. The next company to tick that box is Oracle, who is announcing today that they will be putting bare metal EPYC instances available in its cloud offering.

The new E-series instances will start with Standard E2, costing around $0.03 per core per hour, up to 64 cores per server, Oracle is stating that this pricing structure is 66% less than the average per-core instance on the market. One bare metal standard instance, BM.Standard E2.52, will offer dual EPYC 7551 processors at 2.0 GHz, with 512 GB of DDR4, dual 25GbE networking, and up to 1PB of remote block storage. Another offering is the E2.64 instance, which will offer 16 cores by comparison.

As well as the bare metal offerings, VM shapes from one to eight cores are also available, essentially occupying up to one of the zeppelin dies per CPU. Oracle cites AMD’s ties with Hadoop as an ideal workload, such as Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, and Transwarp, as well as Oracle’s ties to HPC, such as weather modelling, computational fluid dynamics, simulation/crash analysis, and oil and gas exploration.

Rollout of the new EPYC instances will start with the US East-Ashburn region from today, rolling out to London by the end of the month and other US/Europe locations by the end of the year. No word on Asia.

Snapping up Oracle means that AMD has another cloud provider in its cap, alongside Microsoft and Baidu that were announced last year. AMD has stated that they are playing with most (if not all) of the big cloud players in the business, and it will take time for the various companies to deploy EPYC systems either for public or private customers. There are several eyes on the future of AMD’s portfolio, such as the next generation parts, but also the level of expansion this market is seeing recently with Intel unable to meet demand while still making processors at the same rate. AMD’s goal to regain market share and re-energize its bottom line will depend significantly on vendor relationships, such as this one with Oracle, and execution of its new products.

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  • Manch - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - link

    BC HStewart isn't technology agnostic. He's an Intel branded sheep and his rants have turned into "The shill that cried wolf" too many times. So we tend to ignore him.
  • HStewart - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    Spoken from a typical AMD sheep who thinks that if you not AMD than you are Intel sheep ignoring the fact that SPARC was also mention. No wonder INTEL stock rose on Friday and AMD sank. Today INTC is currently rose 0.040% which is nothing compare to 1.82% sunk after a major drop Friday.
  • Prosp3ctus - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - link

    Lol, he must be hired by Intel or something. That sounded like an Intel PR statement right there.
  • benedict - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - link

    You must be new here. HStewart is the biggest Intel shill on these forums.
  • cadefy - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - link

    but why tho, why shill a dead company?
  • HStewart - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    That is probably most Intel people don't care about this stuff - I am just an older Tech junkie.

    I am not all Intel - I have Samsung Note 8, Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Watch, bus some users only see Intel if one is not AMD.
  • HStewart - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    With personal attacks on forums if you are not AMD, no wonder why most Intel people don't care about forums. It just a good feeling to be different and real in this area.
  • HStewart - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    No I am not employee of Intel, I did Interview with them in early 90's but at he time - they not need ASM developers - you would think not getting the job to work on team that developers the CPU would make me jump ship - but Intel has been good for me over the decades. Honestly my first PC that I actually purchase at AMD 386 25mhz even though Advertise with Intel CPU - I guess that started my mistrust of AMD.
  • lefty2 - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - link

    What's up with Microsoft's Lv2 Series anyway? That was announced nearly year ago and since then we have heard nothing. It seemingly never got out of trial status.
  • zangheiv - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - link

    Epyc is replacing Xeon by all means but not in the way people think. It's simply providing better performance with better security in a more cost-effective package for those that are interested. The adoption rate will determine how Oracle portions out their services and back-end hardware. Long story short, it will be replacing lots of Xeons if Intel continues to trail the upcoming Epyc Rome.

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