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HPE's Tom Lattin: AMD EPYC Single-Socket Is A 'Breakthrough' For TCO

'That is in terms of the economics of purchasing the hardware, but probably more importantly, the software licensing implications of being able to deploy a single-socket system and get equal or better performance to what you could get on a dual-socket system at a drastically lower software licensing profile,' HPE executive Tom Lattin says.

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'Dual-Socket Performance At Single-Socket Economics'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise executive Tom Lattin said AMD's new single-socket, second-generation EPYC Rome processors offer a "breakthrough" in total cost of ownership for the data center.

In an interview with CRN, Lattin said AMD's new EPYC server chips, which power HPE's new record-breaking ProLiant DL325 single-socket server, enable a compelling TCO reduction by providing "dual-socket performance at single-socket economics."

[Related: Forrest Norrod Outlines AMD's Plan To Fight Intel In The Data Center ]

"That is in terms of the economics of purchasing the hardware, but probably more importantly, the software licensing implications of being able to deploy a single-socket system and get equal or better performance to what you could get on a dual-socket system at a drastically lower software licensing profile," said Lattin, HPE's vice president and general manager of ProLiant and Cloudline systems.

AMD said the new processors, which feature up to 64 cores, provide a 25 to 50 percent lower TCO over Intel's second-generation Xeon Scalable processors that launched in April. At the recent EPYC launch event, HPE said these new gains allowed it to beat 37 records for server performance and efficiency.

For instance, the single-socket ProLiant DL325 delivers a 321 percent performance improvement for database virtualization. It also offers a 37-38 percent improvement for in-memory data analytics while providing a 30 percent gain in price-performance.

"So the TCO equation that you can get with building on that single-socket kind of infrastructure is a breakthrough," Lattin said. "It was a breakthrough with Naples [first-generation EPYC], and it's magnified even further now with Rome."

AMD's new EPYC processors are also found in HPE's new ProLiant DL385 dual-socket server, which the company said delivers a 61 percent performance gain in virtualization at a 29 percent better price-performance ratio compared to the previous record holder.

What follows is an edited transcript based on CRN's interview with Lattin, who talked about the benefits of second-generation EPYC, how HPE's workload matching feature takes advantage of the new processors and how HPE is helping partners adopt the new AMD-based servers.

 
 
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