Google Cloud to use AMD’s newest data center chip to power T2D

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Google Cloud on Thursday said Google will offer cloud computing services based on AMD’s newest data center chip, a move likely to intensify AMD’s push to grab market share from rival Intel.
AMD EPYC processor for Google Cloud
AMD and Google Cloud announced T2D, the first instance in the new family of Tau Virtual Machines (VMs) powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors. According to Google Cloud, the T2D instance offers 56 percent higher absolute performance and more than 40 percent higher price performance for scale-out workloads.

T2D instances will be available in Q3 and customers can sign up for a preview here.

“We designed 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors to meet the growing demand from cloud and enterprise customers for high-performance, cost-effective solutions with optimal TCO,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su.

Cloud computing providers such as Google, Amazon.com and Microsoft are some of the biggest buyers of data center chips. They build services on top of the chips to rent the computing power out to millions of customers.

Google will start offering services based on AMD’s Milan server chip. Google said customers such as Snap and Twitter are testing the new AMD-based services.

AMD has been gaining market share against Intel, which was long the dominant player in data center chips but whose offerings have inferior performance on some measures because of years of stumbles in Intel’s manufacturing operations.

Intel in April announced its Ice Lake chip competitor to AMD’s Milan chip and said major cloud providers would support it. But Intel has not said when Google will start offering services based on its latest chip.