AMD announced that the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors and AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 GPUs are extending performance advantages through Microsoft Azure NVv4 virtual machines (VMs).
These VMs, which are now generally available to customers in South Central U.S. and Europe West Azure regions, provide a virtual desktop experience, enabling customers to power remote visualization services and virtual desktops in the cloud to support entry-level workers, as well as graphics-intensive visualization workloads like CAD and simulations.
The Azure NVv4 VMs are also the first 2nd Gen AMD EPYC- and AMD Radeon Instinct-powered VMs from any cloud provider, and the first Azure virtual desktop supported by AMD processors.
This announcement builds momentum for AMD-powered Azure VMs including the general availability of the Dav4-series and Eav4-series VM, made for general purpose and memory intensive workloads, and the general availability of the HBv2-Series VMs for high-performance computing workloads.
“AMD processors give cloud providers and end customers access to some of the best performance, scalability and affordability for a variety of workloads,” said Forrest Norrod, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions Group, AMD. “Working together with Microsoft Azure, one of our foundational AMD EPYC partners, we are excited to extend our performance advantages to new virtualization workloads with the first ever 2nd Gen AMD EPYC- and AMD Radeon Instinct MI25-powered VMs from any cloud provider. The unique combination of AMD CPUs and GPUs provide a differentiated solution for our cloud customers and bring new capabilities to end users, whether they are accessing a virtual desktop in the cloud or running complex and heavy simulations.”
“AMD and Microsoft Azure share a history of bringing new capabilities and levels of performance with VMs that support a variety of customer workloads like high-performance computing to memory optimized and to general purpose, and now we are giving customers a scalable experience for desktop virtualization workloads,” said Girish Bablani, corporate vice president of Azure Compute at Microsoft. “With the NVv4 series VMs, Azure becomes the first cloud provider to offer a VM powered by an AMD EPYC CPU and AMD Radeon Instinct GPU, and we look forward to building even more success in cloud computing with AMD.”
Driving High Performance Azure VMs with AMD
As the first global cloud provider to support 1st and 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, Azure is enabling VMs that provide customers with leading experiences for a variety of cloud workloads, including general purpose, memory-optimized, high performance computing and even virtual desktop environments.
AMD powered Azure VMs include:
With the wide availability of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, AMD is raising the bar for partner milestones in performance, price/performance and scalability. The AMD EPYC and Radeon Instinct-powered Azure VMs are all generally available now. To learn more, visit the Azure Virtual Machines webpage here.