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Akamai Connected Cloud featuring AMD EPYC™

Cut your cloud bills in half without sacrificing quality. AMD processors deliver industry-leading price-performance.

Akamai and AMD: Two pioneers in cloud computing working to deliver the best server-based CPUs in the cloud. By partnering with AMD, we achieve hardware parity while providing the same core services and global availability as other cloud providers but with significantly better price-performance.

When innovation for server CPUs stagnated, AMD shaped innovation specifically for cloud-based solutions. AMD now dominates the market with better security and performance to provide the critical performance standards you seek. Our selection of AMD 7000 series CPUs allows us to uphold superior price-performance and help more developers and organizations discover the power of the cloud.

Revolutionizing the cloud with AMD EPYC CPUs

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AMD EPYC™ Generations


1st Generation
(7001 Series)

  • AMD Infinity Guard Advanced Security Features - Secure Memory Encryption processor and Secure Encrypted Visualization
  • New Standards for Energy Efficiency and Increased Utilization

Naples is the series of high-performance multiprocessors that introduced AMD’s Zen microarchitecture to cloud computing, and brought AMD to the top of the market. With a maximum of 32 cores, the Naples series supports both single and 2-way multiprocessing on AMD’s Infinity Fabric protocol.


2nd Generation
(7002 Series)

  • 45% more memory bandwidth than Intel Scalable Gen 2 Processors in the same class
  • Up to 87% more integer performance than the Intel Platinum 8280L

The road to Rome goes through Naples. AMD Rome is the nickname for AMD’s 2nd generation of server microprocessors based on Zen 2 microarchitecture. Linode introduced this generation to our fleet in 2020. These processors contain up to 64 cores, doubling the maximum core count found in previous generations. Rome also introduced AMD's new Infinity Fabric 2, which improved efficiency by 27%.


3rd Generation
(7003 Series)

  • World's highest performance server CPU
  • Enhanced memory performance with 2x Rome’s max L3 cache per core

AMD continues to deliver market-leading price-performance and overall I/O innovation with Milan, the 3rd generation of AMD EPYC™ processors. In preliminary benchmarks, the AMD EPYC™ Milan series provided up to a 30% performance increase over previous generation AMD EPYC™ Rome processors in database, high performance computing, and hyper-converged infrastructure performance tests. This EPYC™ generation is available throughout the fleet, and guaranteed for Premium compute instances.


I have never seen a rout like I saw last week at the AMD Epyc 2 launch. For almost my entire professional life AMD has been playing second fiddle to Intel, and last week it took over the orchestra.


AMD EPYC™ 7002 vs. Intel Platinum Performance

AMD EPYC™ 7000 series CPUS make virtually everything run better in the cloud, including the new 7002 series processors being added to our fleet. EPYC™ processors are #1 on industry benchmarks, including integer, floating-point, virtualization, database, and HPC performance. These powerful processors live up to their name in both their performance as a user and Linode’s ability to make infrastructure more efficient and cost-effective. The EPYC™ series has broken world records, which establishes AMD as the performance leader.


Infinity Fabric Becomes Infinity Architecture

The heart behind the innovation of the original EPYC™ series, AMD Infinity Fabric, weaves the multichip module (MCM) package by connecting cores and multiple die together for lower memory latency and better out-of-the-box performance. The 2nd and 3rd generations of processors advances CPU-to-GPU connectivity and simplifies programming for optimal performance.


By increasing the number of AMD-powered machines in our fleet, we're able to offer the consistent performance our customers expect while expanding in other areas. AMD’s price-to-performance ratio allows us to better serve our customers by opening new data centers and expanding our services so everyone can access the cloud where they need it.