Google has a great track record of providing cost-effective cloud VMs to its wide range of customers worldwide without compromising performance, thanks to its ever-growing partnership with AMD.
Recently, both Google and AMD announced the new T2D instances, the first in a new family of virtual machines for the Google Compute Platform called Tau VMs. So, this first instance in the new family of Tau Virtual Machines (VMs) powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors.
As we know, AMD EPYC Milan chips are based on AMD’s revolutionary Zen 3 architecture that uses the same TSMC N7 node but with major cache redesign, which allows massive performance improvement in single-core performance and also some multi-core enhancements as well.
Google uses AMD because of its wide range of new security features on their server processors; know more about them from here: All the new security features introduced in AMD EPYC™ 7003 series CPUs.
AMD EPYC 7003 Series Processors have up to 64 “Zen 3” cores per processor and introduce new per-core cache memory levels while continuing to offer the PCIe® 4 connectivity class-leading memory bandwidth that defined the EPYC 7002 series CPUs.
The Tau VM family provides customers with a leading combination of performance, price, and easy integration. The T2D instances excel at workloads including web servers, containerized microservices, data logging-processing, large scale Java applications and more.
The new instances are offered in eight different predefined VM shapes, with up to 60 vCPUs per VM, and up to 4GB of memory per vCPU, making this technology ideal for scale-out workloads. The Tau VMs offer 56% higher absolute performance and 42% higher price-performance (est. SPECrate2017_int_base) compared to general-purpose VMs from any of the leading public cloud vendors.
Coming to the pricing of these Tau VMs, a 32vCPU VM with 128GB RAM will be priced at $1.3520 per hour for on-demand usage in us-central1. This is an incredibly low-pricing and the performance you get out of it is amazing as you have an AMD Zen 3 CPU powering these VMs.