AMD seems to be on the path to capture major server processor market share from Intel in the coming years with its Epyc Rome 7 nm processors.
AMD has been making rapid strides in the CPU market ever since the new Ryzen chips were introduced and now AMD’s 64-core, 128-thread Epyc Rome processor have surfaced.
Cloud providers such as Amazon are continuously investing more EPYC platform rather than Intel Xeon CPUs. Amazon Web Services this week started to offer M5ad and R5ad Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances powered by custom AMD EPYC 7000-series processors and featuring faster local storage.
The new AMD EPYC Rome-powered servers for M5ad and R5ad instances offer high-performance, low latency local NVMe storage subsystems that support XTS-AES-256 block cipher in hardware to ensure data protection. The key to protecting data for a specific instance is deleted when the instance is stopped or terminated. All the instances are running at 2.5 GHz, and Amazon states that they cost 10% less than the equivalent Intel Skylake-based instances with similar configurations.
According to DigiTimes, “INTEL’S SERVER PROCESSOR MARKET SHARE IS LIKELY TO FALL BELOW 90% BY THE END OF 2020, AS AMD WITH ITS EPYC SERIES CONTINUES TO ATTRACT MORE ORDERS FROM SERVER VENDORS AND CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDERS, ACCORDING TO MARKET SOURCES.”
The perfect combination of aggressive pricing and impressive multi-threaded performance has made many enterprises happy with big names like Amazon adopting the Epyc Rome chips. Japan-based NTT Data will also be equipping its data centers with AMD parts for better customer satisfaction.