Another top cloud vendor picks AMD processors over Intel

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Virtual machines (VM) featuring AMD processors (opens in new tab) have outscored Intel powered ones, according to new benchmarking data that compares the offerings across top cloud computing (opens in new tab) providers.

Capitalizing on its impressive new EPYC processors (opens in new tab), AMD has been making very vocal inroads into the cloud computing sphere, which has traditionally been dominated by Intel-powered (opens in new tab) servers. Recently, European cloud provider (opens in new tab) Ionos also unveiled new offerings (opens in new tab) based on AMD’s Ryzen and EPYC processors.

Data for the new cloud computing report has been compiled by benchmarking firm Cloud Spectator, commissioned by web hosting (opens in new tab) provider Linode (opens in new tab). In virtually all the tests, Linode VMs powered by AMD EPYC 7542 delivered a better price-performance when pitted against similar Intel-powered offerings from Alibaba (opens in new tab), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure (opens in new tab), DigitalOcean (opens in new tab), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Cheap performance

The report compares VMs with one CPU and 2GB RAM (opens in new tab) running on shared infrastructure as well as VMs with four CPUs and 8GB RAM on dedicated instances. Cloud Spectator says its intention was to test how the offerings compare in terms of price, performance, and value.

Its benchmarks revealed that Linode’s AMD 7542 based 2GB VM delivered much better performance than its Intel Xeon Platinum-powered peers. It put the configurations through various workloads and found that the AMD EPYC VMs generally outpaced the Intel VMs. 

In fact, the AMD VMs slipped to the runner’s up spot only in the random read and random write performance benchmarks, losing out to DigitalOcean’s offerings in both these tests.

“Our approach to testing is based on matching instance sizes, storage approaches and implementations so that we can compare and contrast what customers will see in the real world - we want as fair an overview as possible,” said Cloud Spectator’s CEO Mike Jung.

“From a price standpoint, companies can achieve significant savings using alternative cloud providers compared to using hyperscalers,” concludes Jung based on the findings of the report.

With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.