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AMD EPYC Rome Server CPUs: 6 Important Things To Know

CRN runs down six important things solution providers should know about AMD's second-generation EPYC processors, including how they compare to Intel's Xeon processors, how they can reduce TCO and how AMD plans to compete with Intel in the data center.

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Ecosystem Support From ISVs, Hardware Vendors, Cloud Providers

AMD launched its second-generation EPYC processors with support from more than 60 ecosystem partners, which includes OEMs, ODMs, hardware vendors and software vendors.

Among the hardware vendors supporting second-generation EPYC are Micron, Western Digital, Nvidia, Xilinx, Mellanox and Samsung. On the software side, there are more than 45 supporting vendors, which includes VMware, Microsoft, Siemens, Nutanix, Docker, Splunk, Oracle and SAP.

[Related: Lenovo ThinkSystem Servers With AMD Cuts VMware Licensing Costs ]

AMD said VMware is closely collaborating with the chipmaker to support new features in second-generation EPYC processors, such as Secure Encrypted Virtualization, in an upcoming version of vSphere.

Beyond Dell, HPE and Lenovo, other vendors supporting new EPYC-based platforms include Atos, Asys, ASRock, Gigabyte, Cray, Inventec, Supermicro, Tyan and QCT.

System integrators supporting second-generation EPYC include ServersDirect, Megware, Microway, Penguin Computing, Advance Clustering Technologies, Aspen Systems and Nor-Tech

As for cloud service providers, AMD announced Google Cloud will soon offer EPYC-based virtual machines, which the cloud giant said would be its "largest general-purpose VM" ever offered. It also revealed cloud commitments from Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Oracle Cloud.

Microsoft said its new EPYC-based instances will focus on high-performance computing, virtual desktops, general-purpose use and memory-intensive workloads.

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