Latest AMD 3rd Generation EPYC CPU to join LayerStack lineup

It might be obvious, but server processors pull a lot of weight when it comes to compute-intensive tasks in the cloud. AI, machine learning, data analytics – you name it.

For this exact reason, LayerStack is equipping our infrastructure with the latest AMD 3rd Generation EPYC CPU – following its debut earlier in March – and offering the performance standards that our users expect, while retaining our core services, global availability and competitive pricing that you know and love.

Our coming AMD-based offerings feature EPYC™ 7003 Series server CPUs, the world’s highest performing server processer by the leading semiconductor manufacturer. Courtesy of its remarkable memory and I/O capacity, the redesigned processing core takes the speed of application performance to the next level and helps you drive business outcomes.

What is special about the AMD 3rd Gen EPYC processor?

A solid upgrade with impressive benchmarks

AMD has been producing top-quality products since its first innovation of EPYC chip back in 2017, with the first 2 generations of EPYC earning the company massive shares in the high-performance computing market. Bound to be the cornerstone in clouds, datacenters and supercomputers, AMD’s 3rd Gen EPYC x86 processors bring substantial leaps in performance and tackle workload-intensive applications across the board with more speed and economy.

Highly performant architecture

The new 7003 Series is built on AMD’s Zen 3 core architecture, and promises a 19% boost in instructions per cycle/clock (IPC) and a doubled L3 cache. Coupled with the Infinity Fabric™ Technology, the upgraded core delivers two-fold improvement in x86 performance, as well as twice the throughput for AI inference and INT8 performance over the previous generation. These improvements mean users will see lower latency in the most demanding workloads.

Enhanced cloud security

Another highlight that the new generation of processor brings is additional security. Known as the AMD Infinity Guard, the robust set of end-to-end security features creates an isolated execution environment and prepares the Zen architecture to defend against malicious hypervisor-based attacks.

To celebrate the inclusion of AMD’s EPYC™ 7003 Series in our lineup, LayerStack is bringing you promotional offers to selected plans so you can enjoy the new generation processor and what it has to offer. Stay tuned for more details and don’t miss out!

Rocky Linux as the next clone of CentOS

Misery may love company, but the right company heals misery, too. Red Hat’s controversial move of forgoing the development of CentOS towards the end of this year has upset many. But in times of crisis like this, the Linux community always shows their ability to adapt and selflessly make change for the better.

In March came AlmaLinux, a one-for-one open-source CentOS clone developed by the creator of CloudLinux. Getting its name from the Latin word for “soul”, AlmaLinux pulls together the collective wisdom of the Linux community and delivers robust and stable performance that is praised by all accounts. That’s why we, too, jumped on the bandwagon and has started offering AlmaLinux as one of our operating systems and ISO templates.

And the good news does not stop there, a beta version of yet another replacement has joined the party. On the last day of April, Rocky Linux launched a release candidate – Rocky Linux 8.3 Release Candidate 1, a community enterprise operating system believed to be a reliable substitution of CentOS with complete bug-for-bug compatibility.

The intelligent minds behind the creation are led by one of the founders of the CentOS project, Gregory Kurtzer. Similar to the AlmaLinux, this new Linux distribution is developed and supported by the joint effort of the Linux community. The final release of the actual operating system is yet to announce, but the release candidate is now available and serves as a testing ground for IT professions to dip their toes in the waters of Rocky Linux, trying out features, validating its functionalities and reporting issues before the official launch.

According to Kurtzer, the system is intentionally built to resemble CentOS. Everything from installation to actual operation should be instantly familiar to users of the old platform, making it as much of an easy swap as possible.

If you are also interested in this new kid in the block, visit the download page here and give it a go!

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Latest Product and Feature Updates: May 2021

LayerStack consistently committed on improving and providing our valued customers with superior cloud computing services. We have revamped the plans and offers on LayerPanel (LayerStack New Generation Control Panel) as well as introduced a new OS, the highlights are listed below:

China Direct CN2 Route: Expanded our CN2 GIA network in Asia Pacific.  It is now available in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo regions.

Updates in Standard Cloud Servers plans: R008-HK has been removed while new included R001-HK with the billing cycle of 3-month and 12-month.  For more details, please view our price plan.

New OS & ISO template:  Newly added AlmaLinux 8 as one of the options in OS and ISO template.  If you are interested in migrating from CentOS 8 to AlmaLinux seamlessly and painlessly, please click here.

You can check out the release notes to get up to date information about product updates, and read about updates from the previous month here

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