Google Cloud Platform Is First Public Cloud To Make Available Intel’s Xeon Skylake Processor

As noted by Urs Holzle, SVP of Google Cloud Infrastructure in a recent blog post, Google Cloud Platform has adopted the Intel Xeon Processor Skylake, a next generation micro-processor optimized for high performance compute workloads. Skylake’s Intel Advanced Vector Extensions render it exceptionally well suited for 3 dimensional modeling, compute-intensive data analytics, genomics, scientific modeling and engineering simulations. Moreover, Google Cloud Infrastructure has optimized Skylake for Google’s VMs to ensure Google Cloud Platform customers receive maximum benefit from Skylake’s capabilities. The availability of the Intel Xeon Processor Skylake on the Google Cloud Platform marks the fulfillment of a promise made by Google and Intel in November to integrate Intel’s most recent microprocessor into the Google Cloud Platform. Google Cloud Platform now claims the distinction of the first public cloud to use the Intel Xeon Processor Skylake in what amounts to a hugely important deal for Intel as it faces increased competition from AMD, particularly given the forthcoming launch of the AMD Ryzen microprocessor. Meanwhile, Google stands to benefit from Skylake’s ability to enhance customer capabilities with respect to applications requiring more intensive computational power and modeling capabilities. Importantly, the availability of the Xeon Skylake Processor on the Google Cloud Platform illustrates a broader partnership between Google and Intel aimed at accelerating cloud adoption for enterprises.