Amazon AU adds AMD-powered instances

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Amazon AU adds AMD-powered instances

EPYC 7000-powered processors undercut Intel instances by 10 percent.

Amazon Web Services has brought AMD-powered EC2 instances to Australia.

The cloud colossus slipped out news of the new offering early on Saturday, Australian time, and suggested that “AMD-based instances provide additional options for customers who are looking to achieve a 10 percent cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for a variety of workloads.”

The instances in question are the M5ad, R5ad and T3a instances. All run an EPYC 7000CPU at 2.5GHz.

M5ad instances offer between two and 96 vCPUs, eight to 384GB of memory and 75GB to 3.6TB of disk. R5ad instances can scale to 768GB of RAM, as they’re designed for memory-intensive workloads. T3a instances offer the ability to burst CPU usage at any time for as long as required. AWS offers T3a instances with between two and eight vCPUs, and 512MB to 32GB RAM. This instance type is sold on the basis of hourly CPU credits, with bursting to higher speeds burning through more credit.

AMD’s EPYC range was the company’s first serious tilt at data centre CPUs for years and quickly made it a far more viable alternative to Intel in the data centre. With its wares now available to rent from AWS, plenty of Australian users can now put AMD silicon to the test!

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