Google Cloud (GCP) recently released its Tau VM platform, based on AMD’s 3rd Generation EPYC Processor (codenamed Milan). With this release, Google is claiming best absolute performance and price-performance leadership related to general-purpose VMs in the public cloud. These are both very bold claims. What does this mean for customers? And what does it mean for competitors such as AWS, Azure, and Oracle Cloud (OCI)? I will dig deeper into this in the following few paragraphs.
First – a little more on Tau
If you haven’t heard of the GCP Tau VM platform, don’t feel bad. Tau is a new offering from Google, focusing on scale-out, virtualized environments. The goal of these environments – much like in an enterprise datacenter – is to deliver the best performance at the lowest cost for enterprise workloads. Media transcoding, Java-based applications, containerized workloads, and web servers are all targets for the Tau platform.
T2D is the first instance available in Tau. As previously mentioned, this is based on AMD’s EPYC processor and can support up to 60 vCPUs per VM with up to 32GB RAM per vCPU and up to 32Gbps networking support. The complete Tau T2D lineup can be seen below.
VM Type – Maximum Egress Bandwidth
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