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Storage

New AMD EPYC? 7Fx2 CPUs — Sized for the Changing Data Center

By Jason Echols - 2020-04-14

Micron strives to build technology and partnerships that empower our customers to achieve faster insights from their data … what we call Intelligence Accelerated™. The current shift in how we do business related to global shelter-in-place orders means technologies have to be more adaptable than ever before. To succeed in this new environment, technologies must go beyond being the best or fastest products available. They also must enhance the software and hardware platforms we all use — whether it’s the webcam you’re using for videoconferencing or the back-end servers running the entire conferencing solution.

New AMD EPYC CPUs offer fast performance

Our partners also have a similar goal, though with their own focus. AMD is a great example. It just announced new, higher frequency 8-, 16- and 24-core EPYC CPUs that further improve the work done by processors in this class. In fact, our recent testing with these new CPUs showed impressive performance in our OLTP database benchmarks. We believe this relates in part to the greater cache available in these CPUs (up to 256MB) that works with Micron’s memory and storage to keep the data close to the processor as applications call for it. Performance results like these can enable you to get more work accomplished from the same application footprint for critical storage-centric workloads such as software-defined storage, hyperconverged infrastructure and databases. Together with our data center SSD portfolio, we can enable customers to do more without breaking the bank. See our technical blog for more insight on the performance of these CPUs and the SSDs that pair well with them.

The AMD announcement comes at a unique time when the need for a broad suite of cloud applications has become more evident in our daily lives. We need affordable, powerful technology to be broadly available now more than ever. Many of our professional and personal interactions are currently limited to ways the cloud can connect us together. Like many of you, I am living on video meetings via Zoom, Skype and other platforms. Even my new pursuit of learning kung fu can continue as my classes have gone online, and I’m able to interact with fellow students to practice new techniques (thankfully without having to drive across town too!). As we all connect with co-workers for a meeting, share a file with a partner, meet friends for a virtual happy hour or learn kung fu, it’s great to know AMD, Micron and others are working to enable these experiences with the right hardware to keep them reliable and affordable.

Micron works closely with AMD on optimization

AMD is making it happen. The company looked at processors, servers and the applications it runs to create its version of Micron’s Intelligence Accelerated goal. The result is the innovative AMD EPYC™ processor. We have been working closely with AMD to optimize the combination of customer workloads with AMD EPYC and Micron SSDs, such as our new 7300 family of mainstream NVMe SSDs. We think that this combination provides a unique value to businesses looking to get more work from the same or smaller footprint as their existing servers.

If you build these cloud solutions, I encourage you to explore how Micron SSDs can enhance your application performance. The Micron 7300 is an excellent option to pair with these new cost-effective AMD EPYC servers. Performance does not have to break the bank, and AMD EPYC and Micron 7300 mainstream NVMe SSDs are a match made in the data center.

Jason Echols

Jason Echols

Jason Echols brings more than 15 years of experience in data center and cloud to Micron where he leads the Technical Marketing organization. Prior to Micron, Jason led product and channel marketing at a network and security startup.

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