Oracle Announces OCI Compute Instances Based on New 4th Generation AMD EPYC Processors

Oracle is aiming to make it easier for organizations to balance price and performance in their cloud environments and reduce costs with new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Compute E5 instances with 4th generation AMD EPYC processors.

According to the company, unlike other cloud providers’ rigid instance options that bind organizations to paying more for unused computing resources, flexible instances from OCI allow customers to allocate cores and memory as needed.

Oracle offers standard, high-performance computing (HPC), and Dense-IO instances with choices for the number of cores, amount of memory, local and remote storage, networking, and other resources to serve a wide variety of workloads faster and more efficiently. These instances offer customers flexible and simple options to run a wide range of workloads in the cloud including applications from Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, and other third-party ISVs, as well as VMware and Kubernetes environments.

OCI Compute E5 instances will offer more CPU cores, better performance per core, better memory bandwidth, and higher storage capacity than previous iterations with customizable options including:

  • OCI Compute E5 Standard instances are the preferred platform for web and application servers, back-end servers for enterprise applications, application development environments, and many other use cases.
  • OCI Compute E5 HPC instances bring powerful, cost-effective computing capabilities to complex mathematical and scientific problems across industries.
  • OCI Compute E5 Dense-IO instances are designed for large databases, big data workloads, and applications that require high-performance local storage.
  • OCI also enables customers to customize their deployments to suit their needs with specific capabilities such as burstable and preemptible instances.

In addition to typical uses for cloud-based compute services, OCI Compute E5 instances can be configured with clustered file systems to tackle complex cases. These include cases with large databases or requirements to access and change data rapidly such as training AI models, conducting financial analysis, rendering video, or simulating car crashes.

“AMD EPYC processors have made another leap forward in the performance, scalability and energy efficiency needed to run the most demanding business critical cloud workloads our customers rely on,” said Ram Peddibhotla, corporate vice president, cloud business, AMD. “With our new 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors, we’re helping cloud providers, like Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, offer high performance compute resources that enable customers to drive faster business results along with the security and flexibility they expect from EPYC processors.”

OCI Compute E5 instances support multiple operating systems including Oracle Linux, Windows, and Red Hat among others, as well as hundreds of installable images from the Oracle Marketplace. Oracle plans to make OCI Compute E5 instances generally available during the second half of 2023.

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