Public cloud: Google now also has virtual machines with ARM CPUs

Public cloud: Google now also has virtual machines with ARM CPUs

After AWS, Oracle, AliBaba and Microsoft, Google now also offers VMs with ARM processors in its cloud. The Tau-T2A VMs run on 64-bit Ampere Altra CPUs with 80 Neoverse-N1 cores with ARMv8.2+ architecture. Compared to x86 CPUs, ARM processors are characterized by lower power consumption. Google recommends the ARM VMs for large scale-out workloads such as web servers, containerized microservices, log processing, media transcoding, or Java applications.

Tau-T2A VMs are available in different expansion stages. They contain a maximum of 48 vCPUs with up to 4 GB RAM per vCPU and a network connection with up to 32 Gb/s. Common Linux distributions such as RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu and the RHEL-compatible Rocky Linux run on it. With its container-optimized OS, Google also offers a particularly lean Linux based on ChromiumOS that is optimized for the operation of containers. The first Google services, including the Google Kubernetes Engine and the data analysis service Dataflow, can already be run on T2A VMs to use.

To get started, Google Cloud customers and software vendors can pre-release T2A VMs in Google Cloud regions us-central (Iowa, Zone A,B,F), europe-west4 (Netherlands, Zone A,B,C) and asia-southeast1 (Singapore, Zone B,C) for free to gain experience developing for Altra CPUs. Google promises that there will be free test VMs with up to 8 vCPUs and 32 GB of RAM after the start of general availability at the end of the year. A T2A VM with 32 vCPUs and 128 GB RAM costs $1,232 per hour.

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