Packet and AMD Announce the EPYC™ Processor Challenge for Developers, Gamers, and SaaS Platforms

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The joint effort offers free trial to encourage extensive performance testing of AMD EPYC™ Processors on Packet’s bare metal cloud

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As our momentum continues to grow with customers looking for a fresh approach to their workloads, we’re excited to collaborating with Packet, bringing the no-compromise performance and value of AMD EPYC processors to a new generation of users.

Packet, the leading provider of infrastructure automation solutions for developers, today launched a program with AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) to encourage gamers, SaaS platforms and other performance-oriented users to evaluate its new AMD EPYC processor-based bare metal server configuration.

Packet’s new “c2.medium” is based on AMD’s 24-core EPYC 7401P processor and includes 64 GB of RAM, dual 120GB boot SSD's, two 480GB SSD’s, and dual 10G Mellanox Connect-X4 NICs. The configuration, which is built on Dell’s new R6415 PowerEdge line, is available on demand in four global locations (Tokyo, Amsterdam, Sunnyvale, CA, and Parsippany, NJ) for $1 per hour.

“We’re incredibly excited about EPYC processors - and we know users will be as well once they try it,” says Sam Machiz, VP of Business Development and all-around hardware guru at Packet. “That’s why we’ve had so much fun working with our friends at AMD to craft an incentive program that we know will appeal to both longtime AMD fans and newcomers alike.”

The AMD EPYC Processor Challenge at Packet offers users USD$250 in initial credit towards kicking the tires of the new system. Users who publish detailed teardowns comparing EPYC to their previous setup can receive another $1,500 in credit and will be entered to win a year’s worth of free EPYC processor usage at Packet (not to exceed $50,000).

“The EPYC Processor Challenge is exactly the kind of aggressive go-to-market splash that users have come to expect from AMD,” said Dan Bounds, Senior Director of Datacenter Solutions at AMD. “As our momentum continues to grow with customers looking for a fresh approach to their workloads, we’re excited to collaborating with Packet, bringing the no-compromise performance and value of AMD EPYC processors to a new generation of users.”

While bare metal has long been a favorite of AMD’s gaming customer base, the combination of 24 high performing physical cores and a modest price point are attractive to a wide variety of Packet’s global user base, from scale out SaaS platforms to Kubernetes-based applications.

“With players like Amazon and Vultr entering the bare metal market, we’re thrilled to be the first cloud platform to make the AMD product line directly available to users,” noted Zac Smith, Packet’s CEO. “The EPYC Processor Challenge is a fantastic example of how we users can push boundaries by inviting demanding users innovate directly on new hardware.”

Full details about the EPYC Processor Challenge at Packet can be found at http://www.packet.net/epyc.

About Packet
Packet is the leading provider of infrastructure automation solutions for developers. Its proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy - powering over 60k deployments each month in its 20 global datacenters.

Founded in 2014 and based in New York City, Packet has quickly become the provider of choice for leading enterprises, SaaS companies, and software innovators. In addition to its public cloud, Packet's unique "Private Deployment" model enables companies to automate their own infrastructure in facilities all over the world.

Packet is a proud member of the Open19 Foundation, as well as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), where it donates and manages the CNCF Community Infrastructure Lab. Additionally, Packet supports many open source projects, including Memcached.org, NixOS, Docker, and Kernel.org.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, EPYC, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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