Google, IBM Adopt New Intel Xeon Chips for the Cloud
… greater value [and] this is what is driving these additional choices and the need for resources so that the related decisions are made wisely. For VMs, customization allows the system to be optimized for the load you’ll put it under. This can mean better performance and better value, both of which are typically high-valued customer benefits.”
It also can be a boon for channel partners, Enderle said.
“The more complexity you put into a decision, the greater the need for help to understand the options,” he said. “Channel partners, who are often closer to their clients due to relative size, can provide the needed advice and service help to assure the options chosen are the best for the customer.”
According to Gregg Bennett, senior offering manager of computer hardware for IBM Cloud, using the new Xeon processors in bare-metal cloud servers will make it easier for enterprises to move their “performance-heavy” workloads to the cloud.
“Historically, key enterprise applications have mostly been implemented on-premises; but increasingly, companies are looking to ‘burst up’ to the cloud as a way to manage IT capacity,” Bennett wrote in a blog, adding that the new servers with the Cascade Lake Xeons “will help our clients address their growing performance needs.”
IBM eventually is looking to offer more Second Generation Xeon Scalable Processor capabilities in such areas as the IBM Cloud Virtual Server cloud hosts and SAP-certified infrastructure in the coming months.
Pund-IT’s King said he expects Amazon Web Services (AWS) – which has a site dedicated to its partnership with Intel – and Microsoft Azure to follow suit with offerings enabled by Cascade Lake processors.