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IBM Cloud is Enhancing Its Global Infrastructure With 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors

Double the bare metal cores, double the fun. IBM to expand their bare metal server output by offering more than double the cores per server.

Earlier today AMD Announced that IBM has chosen to use 2nd Gen AMD Epyc processors to expand its bare metal server options. These new bare metal servers from IBM Cloud are focused on the computing power and performance required to accelerate modern workloads like data analytics, electronic design automation, artificial intelligence, virtualized and containerized workloads.

What Are Bare Metal Servers?

A bare metal server is a server that you have sole access to as appose to a virtual server that has multiple tenants. The pure bare metal server is single tenant and offered without a hypervisor, thereby eliminating the “noisy neighbor” effect and any performance “tax” from the hypervisor.

AMD Press Release: IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers

 “2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors deliver where it counts for cloud providers, providing the cores, scalability and throughput for critical workloads,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions, AMD. “We are extremely excited to extend the advantages of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors to new bare metal offerings at IBM Cloud, helping customers tackle today’s compute-intensive workloads.”

— Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions, AMD

The AMD EPYC 7642 based, dual socket bare metal server offering at IBM Cloud includes:

  • 96 CPU cores per platform
  • Base clock frequency of 2.3GHz with a Max Boost up to 3.3GHz1
  • 8 memory channels per socket for superior memory bandwidth
  • Up to 4TB memory configuration support
  • Up to 24 local storage drives
  • OS choices of RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu, MS Server
  • Monthly, pay-as-you-use billing
  • Orderable via the global IBM Cloud Catalogue, API, or CLI

The new AMD Second gen bare metal servers will be available in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions and will follow a monthly pay-as-you-use service model.

“We are thrilled to launch new IBM Cloud offerings powered by the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC CPUs,” says Satinder Sethi, GM, IBM Cloud Infrastructure Services. “With these new processors, we can offer IBM Cloud clients greater choice and flexibility to select the platform that is best suited to meet the needs of today’s most demanding workloads.  We look forward to continuing to deliver new innovations and value to our clients in the future.”

— Satinder Sethi, GM, IBM Cloud Infrastructure Services.
Charles Levere
Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing, or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.


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