With Epyc, AMD has gained more customers in the enterprise, especially in the data center market. Recent reports that Google Cloud is adopting an Eypc processor mean AMD has a significant advantage in competing with Intel. Today, Cloudflare, the content delivery network (CDN) giant, also said that gen X servers in its data center also chose AMD’s Eypc 7642 chip solution.
If AMD is to achieve double-digit x86 server market share this year, it will have to dig in more orders from long-term Intel customers such as Cloudflare.
Recently, Cloudflare has been overhauling its (9th generation / G9) servers to upgrade the Intel Skylake-SP and The Cacade Lake-SP Series Zhiqiang processors.
But on the chip selection of Cloudflare’s Gen X server platform, the company finally spoke out loud about “Intel not Inside” – because AMD’s Dragon is so sweet!
Previously, AMD had taken a large number of x86 PCs and HEDT customers from Intel with the Ryzen and Threadripper series.
“We were impressed by the second generation of Dragon processors, which proved to be more efficient for customer workloads,” says Cloudflare.
As the position of the industry’s technology leader swings back and forth, the future may change over time, but we won’t be surprised. In any case, we are pleased to be able to quickly find the most appropriate component.
Cloudflare is currently using Epyc 7642 to deploy next-generation servers (based on the AMD 2nd Generation Rome chip architecture).
The Epyc 7642 is a 48-core / 96-threaded processor with a silent frequency of 2.3 GHz and a dynamic range of 3.3 GHz. Although the 225W thermal design power (TDP) appears to be high, it is significantly lower than the Intel G9 platform portfolio.
Previously, Cloudflare used a two-way xele scheme on a ninth-generation server and was distributed across four compute nodes. However, on the tenth generation server, the company has switched to the single-way Dragon 7642 chip solution. Even so, its performance is a force on Intel’s solutions.
As for why the highest-end Epyc 7742 chip (with 64 cores / 128 threads) was not selected, Cloudflare explains that the performance gains for its software stack and computing workloads are not attractive enough.
Finally, Cloudflare has completed the deployment of half of its Epyc 7642 servers in the data center and is currently accelerating the upgrade of several older Intel chip-based servers.