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Tencent partners cloud business with AMD to launch StarLake servers in Southeast Asia

By Mitchell Hageman
Tue 30 Nov 2021

Tencent's cloud business has recently announced a partnership with AMD, with the collaboration initiating the launch of StarLake servers powered by AMD EPYC processors in Southeast Asia.

The partnership highlights the growing global focus on expanding the use of cloud-based technologies, with Tencent's cloud business hoping to further this expansion by providing high-performance infrastructure products and services for the cloud era.

The company's newly launched servers for hyperscale data centers cover the Southeast Asian region with high-performance, cost-competitive and energy-saving processor functions.

StarLake is the first-ever self-developed server released by Tencent Cloud in 2019 and was further enhanced and promoted with the establishment of the StarLake lab in 2020.

That lab is focused on meeting the demand for high-quality products and new technologies within the corporate IT industry. Tencent also has previous experience in AMD platform adoption, with a large AMD platform deployment in China, resulting in an overall performance boost and cost reduction.

Living up to Tencent Cloud's high-quality standards, StarLake technologies contain a variety of features that will help with better performance points for the virtual machines (VM) public cloud market. It is also designed and ideal for running private cloud workloads. 

Some of these features include:

  • A streamlined, cloud-native server architecture with 20% less components than traditional, high-performance optimised CPU.
  • Lower power consumption with thermosiphon heat dissipation.
  • 40-50% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with hardware failure rate and downtime reduced by 20%.
  • Tamper-proof design based on trusted chain.

The company has described the new partnership as a great way to expand, and Tencent Cloud International SVP Poshu Yeung says it will benefit many people.

"As a demonstration of Tencent Cloud's dedication to always providing cloud products and services through highly compatible architecture as well as simple and reliable design, we are pleased to announce our technology collaboration with AMD, a multinational developer of computer processors and technologies. By working hand in hand, we can provide users with the StarLake server that has higher performance, reasonable price and lower power."

AMD managing director, APAC Peter Chambers also says he is looking forward to helping with the launch and taking the partnership further.

"We are pleased to be working with Tencent Cloud with the launch of their StarLake servers across Southeast Asia. Powered by AMD EPYC processors, Tencent Cloud helps to deliver a modern cloud environment to end users with leading performance capabilities, impressive price for performance, high levels of efficiency and advanced security features."

Tencent Cloud works across a range of sectors including finance, education, healthcare, retail, industry, transport, energy and radio & television.

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