The cloud gives you the scalability, reliability, and flexibility you need, but not all clouds are created equal: Some instances deliver much more value than others. To understand the optimal choice for your workloads, you have to look at how those specific workloads perform. A generic performance statistic might not tell you much about the results you’ll actually see, especially if you’re running workloads that are compute-intensive or data-intensive. Similarly, knowing the price per instance doesn’t tell you much about the price per transaction, or any other real business or performance metric. You have to look closer.
For example, did you know that AWS* instances based on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors can offer up to 4.15x higher performance per dollar for high-performance computing (HPC) workloads1, compared to instances based on AMD EPYC* processors, according to the High-performance Linpack* benchmark? They offer up to 2.19x higher performance per dollar according to the LAMMPS* benchmark.1 For database workloads on AWS, Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors can deliver up to 2.84x the higher performance per dollar2; and for memory bandwidth intensive workloads, they can enable up to 2.25x higher performance per dollar.3 If you’re running web-based workloads such as server-side Java* or Wordpress PHP/HHVM*, you might find they give you up to 1.74x higher performance per dollar running on Intel.4
If you’re already using Intel® processors, you could also make a saving by moving to a more modern instance, based on the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, too. TSO Logic delivers data-driven recommendations to right-size and right-cost compute across public and private cloud. It studied millions of data points across its 100,000-instance repository of anonymized AWS customer data. The conclusion? 19 percent of current instances could save money by moving to newer, smaller Amazon EC2* instance types that offer equivalent performance, at lower cost. For example, migrating from older C4.8XLarge to newer C5.4XLarge instances can save up to 50% of your cloud costs, over $3000 per instance.5 What’s more, the savings can add up fast if you’re licensing software per core. TSO Logic found that one workload could be delivered using 40 fewer cores running on newer instances based on the 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor.5 If you run a commercial database licensed at $1,800 per core, you could save $72,000 per year by cutting the core count by 40.5
The Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors have a number of optimizations built in to accelerate your workloads. The INT8 number format enables unnecessary detail to be discarded to accelerate machine learning; and Intel® Deep Learning Boost (Intel® DL Boost) provides a new processor instruction to speed up inference in applications such as image classification, speech recognition, language translation, and object detection. Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) provides 512-bit vector instructions to accelerate floating point calculations, including scientific simulations. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enables you to run cores faster than the base operating frequency to give you extra performance when you need it most. To help protect your data, Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) provides processor instructions to accelerate encryption and decryption.