Cloud hosting company Vultr launches new compute products • The Register

Cloud host Vultr has expanded its cloud infrastructure portfolio with a new range of high-performance virtual machine instances, including its first products based on AMD Epyc processors, all with NVMe SSD storage.

Vultr, which has data centers in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, said it aims to attract cloud customers looking for an alternative to large platforms. This may be particularly relevant given Google’s recent pricing changes which may cause customers to pay more for the same services.

The company’s compute platform now includes three distinct product lines: Optimized Cloud Compute, Cloud Compute and Bare Metal. Optimized Cloud Compute is entirely new, while the Cloud Compute line is refreshed with this launch.

Vultr said Optimized Cloud Compute instances offer dedicated vCPUs, which means user application performance is unaffected by another user’s “noisy neighbor” issue consuming all the resources.

Cloud Compute Optimized VMs start at $28 per month and are described as elastically scalable. Cloud Compute VMs start at $5 per month because they run on shared vCPUs. Bare Metal instances start at $120 per month and provide dedicated physical processors.

According to Vultr, the addition of instances powered by 3rd Gen AMD Epyc processors marks the first time it has offered AMD-powered virtual machines. Due to their high performance per core and maximum frequency of 3.675 GHz, the new Epyc-based virtual machines have now become Vultr’s recommended option for most users.

JJ Kardwell, CEO of Vultr’s parent company, Constant, said in a statement that AMD’s efforts in the design, architecture and performance of its processors have helped Vultr implement an alternative to solutions like AWS EC2.

“This launch represents an important step in helping enterprises and developers transition from Big Tech clouds to our easy-to-use and affordable platform,” he said.

Optimized Cloud Compute instances come in a number of custom options; General Purpose, Optimized CPU, Optimized Memory, and Optimized Storage.

According to Vultr, general-purpose VMs provide a typical balance of CPU, RAM, and NVMe SSD storage, while CPU-optimized VMs provide proportionally more CPU, as their name suggests, for workloads such as as video encoding, high performance computing (HPC) and analytical processing.

Along the same lines, memory-optimized instances are for memory-bound applications, providing more RAM for applications such as databases, in-memory databases, and caching. Storage-optimized VMs provide generous proportions of NVMe SSD storage and target use cases such as large, non-relational databases like MongoDB and high-frequency online transaction processing (OLTP).

Vultr said it aims to provide users with a simple interface, as well as predictable and transparent pricing, with the performance and enterprise features of the biggest players. Over the past year, Vultr has added VPC Peering and Direct Connect functionality to make it a more attractive option for enterprise customers. ®