Packet's 'big boy' servers given a shot in the Arm with 32-core, 3.3GHz Ampere CPUs

Big win for Renée James' crew


Cloud provider Packet has upgraded its most powerful Arm-based servers with 32-core CPUs from Ampere – a plucky startup led by former Intel president Renée James.

The first generation of Ampere's eMAG chips was launched in September 2018, with silicon clocked at 3.3GHz.

To create its beefiest ever Arm-based machines, Packet has paired eMAGs with 128GB of DDR4 RAM, 480GB of SSD storage and 20Gpbs of network throughput – and all of this costs $1 per hour.

Jacob Smith, Packet co-founder and marketing overlord said making the tech available in its bare metal public cloud gives developers and enteprise punters a "sharp new tool in their infrastructure toolbox."

The instances, codenamed "c2.large.arm", are available immediately from data centres in Silicon Valley and Dallas; availability in facilities located in New York, Amsterdam and Tokyo is expected before the end of the month.

Packet's core business is leasing bare metal servers and was originally aimed at the developer community. More recently, it has branched out into custom-built hardware and on-premises infrastructure. Most of its funding comes from SoftBank, a Japanese holdings giant which also owns a majority stake in Arm.

SoftBank aquired the British fabless silicon designer for $32bn in 2016, but has been selling chunks of it since – first to a Saudi investment group then to investors from China. ®

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