Microsoft has announced its first Azure instances running Intel's Skylake silicon, a move that means Amazon Web Services will be the last of the big four clouds to run Intel's latest silicon.
Amazon announced it would use Skylake last November 2016 at its re:Invent gabfest. Google offered Skylake in June 2017, IBM switched it on a month later and on Monday October 23rd Microsoft revealed its own efforts.
Redmond's Skylakes will power “Fv2” VM instances in the following configurations. All capacity figures are in GiB .
|Instance type||vCPUs||Memory||Local SSD||Max cached and local disk IOPS||Max. data disks||Max.NICs|
All of the instances run Xeon Platinum 8168 processors at 2.7 GHz, with the chance to hit single-core turbo frequency of 3.7 GHz. The chip is a 24-core, 14nm affair with 33 MB L3 cache. Intel lists them at US$5,890 apiece. Microsoft doubtless pays less.
So does Amazon, assuming it has already acquired some to power the C5 instances it last year said “will be available in six sizes, with up to 72 vCPUs and 144 GiB of memory.”
It's far from a disaster that AWS will be last to the Skylake party. But it is a little odd, given the company's reputation as a cloud pioneer.
The Register imagines AWS will unveil the C5 at re:Invent from November 27th. ®