News Summary: 

  • Building on their multi-year engagement, Cisco and AMD help customers boost performance, security and automation
  • New Cisco UCS rack server models, based on the AMD EPYC™ 7003 Processors, are optimized to address workloads requiring high input/output (I/O) and core count compute, and rich memory density
  • Combined with the Cisco Nexus Ultra Low Latency networking portfolio (formerly Exablaze), Cisco now offers the leading end-to-end solution for High Frequency Trading

SAN JOSE, Calif — March 15, 2021 – Cisco today announced an expanded engagement with AMD to help businesses accelerate advanced digital experiences and improve hybrid cloud operations.

With 55 percent of all enterprise on-premises applications deployed on private clouds and expectations this number will increase to 60 percent in two years (Source: IDC’s Cloud Pulse Q120, March 2020, n=2000), organizations are transitioning to new innovations in systems and management platforms to meet dynamic performance, security, and scale requirements for hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Cisco is helping to solve these pressing challenges by introducing new Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) rack server models with AMD EPYC™ 7003 Processors designed to support modern workloads.   The new models include the Cisco UCS C225 M6 and the Cisco UCS C245 M6 Rack Servers, further expanding Cisco’s AMD-based portfolio introduced in 2018.

“IT organizations are accelerating hybrid cloud adoption to support business critical digital initiatives, and that requires a refresh of both their compute infrastructure and their operating model to maximize performance and lower costs,” said DD Dasgupta, Vice President of Product Management for Cisco Cloud and Compute.  “Together with AMD, we are delivering systems optimized for workloads requiring high core counts, including cloud and VDI workloads, and massive I/O-intensive workloads such as data analytics.  Combined with the simplicity of SaaS-managed infrastructure, customers can improve operations spanning infrastructure, workloads and clouds.”

The new UCS rack server models uniquely feature native integration with Cisco Intersight, a hybrid cloud platform enabling simpler management at global scale, and continuous SaaS-delivered innovations.  Cisco Intersight makes it easier for customers to access and deploy innovative AMD EPYC features, such as Secure Encrypted Virtualization

Leadership in High Frequency Trading Environments

These new computing options pair with the Cisco Nexus Ultra Low Latency (ULL) switching and adapter portfolio, based on technology acquired by Cisco in its acquisition of Exablaze, to create the industry’s leading end-to-end solution for ultra-high performance computing such as High Frequency Trading (HFT). The powerful combination of Cisco and AMD enable investment firms to efficiently process higher volumes of financial transactions at faster execution speeds compared to conventional solutions.

“We’re excited to expand our engagement with Cisco in support of the launch of EPYC™ 7003 Series processors,” said Ram Peddibhotla, corporate vice president, EPYC product management, AMD. “Cisco’s new EPYC processor-based UCS rack servers and the native integration with Cisco Intersight unlocks the full value of our EPYC processors so customers can transform their data center operations to achieve better business results.  Our joint innovations are further showcased in Cisco’s solution for High Frequency Trading, which provides unmatched performance to meet the demanding requirements for this market.”


The new servers are planned for general availability within the next 90 days.

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