Cloud giant Oracle on Monday announced the launch of its E4 cloud computing platform based on third-generation AMD EPYC processors that includes both bae metal and flexible virtual machines.
The new offering builds upon Oracle’s strategic partnership with AMD around the company’s EPYC processors, which was first announced in 2018. That has included the E2 and E3 platform, upon which many customers and Oracle Cloud applications are running.
According to Oracle, the E4 standard instances use 64 core processors with a base clock frequency of 2.55 GHz and a max boost of up to 3.5 GHz. The bare metal E4 standard Compute instance supports 128 OCPUs with 256 MB of L3 cache, 2 TB of RAM, and 100 Gbps of overall network bandwidth.
“This configuration is the highest core count for a bare metal instance on any public cloud. The memory bandwidth is well suited for both general-purpose and high-bandwidth workloads that require larger and faster memory,” reads a company blog post on the announcement.
According to the company, the E4 Standard instances deliver up to a 15% increase in integer performance, a 21% increase in floating point performance and a 24% increase in java performance when compared to E3 Standard instances.
“Also, the E4 instances provide three times the price performance relative to other general-purpose instances offered by other cloud providers,” the company announcement said.
Oracle says the E4 instances continue the flexible approach of the E3, and customers can select the exact number of OCPUs and amount of memory they need for a VM and aren’t “forced to choose from a fixed menu of 1, 2, 4, 8, or 16.
“You can launch any custom VM size that meets your needs, such as a 3-core, 6-core, or 63-core VM with anywhere from 1 GB–1 TB of memory,” the company said.
With custom sizes come lower costs, as the E4 instances bill separately for the OCPU and memory resources provisioned, according to the company.
“Each OCPU comes with its associated simultaneous multithreading unit and is priced at US$0.025, and memory is priced at US$0.0015 per GB—the same prices as our E3 Compute instance,” reads the company’s post. “An E4 instance with 1-OCPU instance and 16 GB of RAM has a price of US$0.049, which is 23% less than X7 Standard and 57–61% less than comparable instances offered by other clouds.”